I never set out to find this book. But I stumbled upon a mention in my favorite (now-defunct) journal and knew I’d discovered something good.
I ordered a copy immediately and fell down the rabbit hole into a world where women actually understood how their bodies worked, and how to use that information.
As I flipped through the pages of Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health, I felt like I’d joined a secret society. Somehow being the owner and occupant of a woman’s body for twentysomething years hadn’t provided me with the clear knowledge I found here.
Despite strong sales since it’s 1995 publication, it’s a sleeper hit. This is a book your friend tells you about over coffee, or that you discover in a fertility web forum–it’s not one you’ll see laying out on the bookstore table.
And that’s a shame, because every woman should know about the basic principles in this book–whether she want to use its methods for effective, natural birth control, to optimize her chance of conception, or just to understand her body better. Weschler thoroughly describes the hows and whys of fertility charting to help her readers with all three goals.
This is not a once-and-done read; it’s a book you’ll refer to again and again. My copy has been parked on my shelf for a decade and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
I don’t like to use the word “should” when talking about books, but I’ll make an exception here: if you’re a woman, go on and add Taking Charge of Your Fertility to your to-read list.
Have you read Taking Charge of Your Fertility? Do you think it deserves “must-read” status?
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