“Once people understand that women are fertile for only a fraction of the time men are, they are especially struck with the inequity of it all. So it’s particularly interesting to examine the ways in which women have been disproportionately exposed to side effects throughout their cycle. For example, there are many who will concede that while the pill was originally designed to sexually emancipate women, it has also had the effect of burdening the woman with the sole responsibility of birth control.”
– Taking Charge of Your Fertility
Growing up I learned that if you have unprotected sex with a male partner, you get pregnant. In the patriarchal education system, we learn that regardless of where you are in your menstrual cycle, unprotected sex with a male partner equals pregnancy. What fertility science is now proving is that this isn’t true. Those who have a menstrual cycle only ovulate once during one full cycle, which can be thought of from the end of one menstrual phase to the beginning of the next. Even if more than one egg is released from the ovary during ovulation, both eggs are released during a period of 24 hours. After ovulation, the following phase is ruled by a hormone called progesterone which blocks sperm’s ability to connect with the ovum, severely decreasing the chances of getting pregnant. Woah – read that again.
This book shares the most in-depth, comprehensive information to support you in learning how to read your unique cycle, track, and identify when you’re fertile to help prevent pregnancy, naturally. No synthetic hormones needed.