Tittle: Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 20th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
Author: Toni Weschler
Number of pages: 560 – it’s a big book! For those of you who are not big readers, this may be too overwhelming. I will recommend later on other more synthetic books. However for the ones who want to have a complete overview of women’s body and conditions, this book is the one.
Tone: caring – it really feels like Toni Weschler is on a mission to make sure every women are aware of what is going on in their bodies ! She also makes some jokes here and there, which lighter the tone of the book.
Style: Scientific. However completely accessible, there are some drawings and charts to make sure everything can be understood clearly.
Easy to read? Yes absolutely ! That’s why I have enjoyed it so much.
Is it based on scientific research? Oh yes ! And Toni Weschler will give you plenty of those without being overwhelming with facts and figures.
Her Opinion: : If there was only one book to buy regarding women’s fertility, I would probably refer to this one. There is an exhaustive lists of both symptoms and conditions that are explained in great detail. Although you may not have PCOS or endometriosis, I am pretty sure someone around you have one of these conditions. Toni Weschler is all about the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), which is according to me, a must to know, as you can really tune-in with your body using this method, although you may decide not to use it.
Chosen quotes from the book
“Why do women not achieve orgasms during intercourse the same way men do? The answer is straightforward. The most sensitive sexual nerves in women are in the clitoris, which is outside and above the vagina. So, during traditional intercourse (with the couple face-to-face in the missionary position), while the man is having a grand ol’ time, the woman may be compiling a grocery list for dinner that night.“
“Luteal phases are typically about 12 to 16 days. If it’s fewer than 10 days, it’s generally considered too short. Likewise, you could theoretically have a luteal phase of normal length but still produce insufficient amount of progesterone. Either situation may be a problem is you are trying to get pregnant, because both can result in your uterine lining shedding before a fertilized egg has a chance to implant.”