Medical and Patient Resources

Medical and Patient Resources2018-11-04T09:46:25+00:00

Recommended Medical Reading

  1. Vigil, Blackwell, Cortes (2012) The importance of fertility awareness in the assessment of a woman’s health. Linacre Quarterly. 79(4):426-450. [Open access] Written by world-leading experts in the field, this well-pitched article explains fertility-awareness from first principles, including physiological and biochemical aspects. It outlines clinical applications including in fertility management and reproductive disorders.
  2. Brown (2011) Types of ovarian activity in women and their significance: the continuum (a reinterpretation of early findings). Human Reproduction Update. 17:141-158. [Open access] This seminal paper traces and relates ovarian function, hormonal activity, and biological responses in women throughout their reproductive lives. It explains how women move from infertile to fertile to infertile periods during their lives and provides an understanding of the complex interplay between ovarian activity, pituitary function and fertility.
  3. Hilgers (2004) The Medical and Surgical Practice of NaproTECHNOLOGY 
    As the definitive text for NaproTECHNOLOGY, this book details physiologic principles, radiology, assessment strategies, reproductive pathology, medical treatments and surgical techniques available in the field of Restorative Reproductive Medicine.

Medical Literature Resources

( A) Achieving pregnancy

  • Stanford, White, Hatasaka (2002) Timing intercourse to achieve pregnancy: current evidence. Obstet Gynecol. 100(6):1333-41. [Open access]
  • Tham, Schliep, Stanford (2012) Natural procreative technology for infertility and recurrent miscarriage: outcomes in a Canadian family practice. Can Fam Physician. 58(5):e267-74. [Open access]
  • Stanford, Parnell, Boyle (2008). Outcomes from treatment of infertility with natural procreative technology in an Irish general practice. J Am Board Fam Med. 21(5):375-84. [Open access]
  • World Health Organization: Task Force on Methods for the Determination of the Fertile Period (1983) A prospective multicentre trial of the ovulation method of natural family planning. III. Characteristics of the menstrual cycle and of the fertile phase. Fertil Steril. 40:773-778. [Open access]
  • Gnoth, Godehardt, Godehardt, Frank-Herrmann, Freundl (2003) Time to pregnancy: results of the German prospective study and impact on the management of infertility. Hum Reprod. 18:1959-66. [Open access]

( B ) Preventing pregnancy

  • Bhargava, et al. (1996) Field trial of billings ovulation method of natural family planning. Contraception. 53:69-74. [Pubmed]
  • Frank-Herrmann, Heil, Gnoth, Toledo, Baur, Pyper, Jenetzky, Strowitzki, Freundl (2007) The effectiveness of a fertility awareness based method to avoid pregnancy in relation to a couple’s sexual behaviour during the fertile time: a prospective longitudinal study. Hum Reprod. 22(5):1310-9. [Open access]
  • Pallone, Bergus (2009) Fertility awareness-based methods: another option for family planning. J Am Board Fam Med. 22(2):147-57. [Open access]
  • Hilgers, Stanford (1998) Creighton Model NaProEducation Technology for avoiding pregnancy. Use effectiveness. J Reprod Med. 43(6):495-502. [Open access]
  • World Health Organization: Task Force on Methods for the Determination of the Fertile Period (1981) A prospective multicentre trial of the ovulation method of natural family planning. II. The effectiveness phase. Fertil Steril. 36: 591-598. [Open access]
  • Turner (2017) In response to: Current barriers and potential strategies to increase the use of long-acting reversible contraception to reduce the rate of unintended pregnancies in Australia: An expert roundtable discussion. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 57(6):E15-E16. [PubmedPresents contraceptive effectiveness rates for individual FABMs – see FAQs.

Medical and Fertility Education Programs

Finding a Teacher or Doctor

  • Teachers of specific FABMs may be found by contacting the Fertility-Awareness Agencies. Click here to learn more.

  • For a list of FertilityCare Medical Consultants visit FertilityCare and for FEMM Specialists visit the FEMM website.

  • Details for other affiliated GPs and Specialist Obstetricians & Gynaecologists may be obtained by contacting AIRRM on

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