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In celebration of its 20th anniversary, a thoroughly
revised and expanded edition of the leading book on fertility and
women’s reproductive health.

Since the publication
of Taking Charge of your Fertility two decades ago, Toni
Weschler has taught a whole new generation of women how to become
pregnant, avoid pregnancy naturally and gain better control of their
gynecological and sexual health by taking just a couple minutes a day
using the proven Fertility Awareness Method.
Now, this 20th
Anniversary Edition has been thoroughly revised and fully updated
with: 

  • the latest medical advances in assisted
    reproductive technologies (ART)
  • more in-depth coverage of
    women’s gynecological and sexual health 
  • new
    illustrations, photographs, and an expanded color insert
  • new
    sample charts
  • an expanded appendix
  • Six new chapters
    including:

                     
Three Prevalent Conditions—Endometriosis, Ovarian Cysts
and

                      PCOS
                     
Natural Ways to Balance Your
Hormones
                     
Preserving Your Future
Fertility
                     

Miscarriages
                     
Idiopathic
Infertility
                     
Causes of Unusual Bleeding
 
Clear and comprehensive, yet
warm and approachable, Taking Charge of Your Fertility is one
of the most universally lauded health books on the market today. It is
an essential reference for every woman of reproductive age.


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Reviews for Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 20th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health:

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March 16, 2016

Author eliminates information about how Rx drugs affect cycle; critical!
I own and have read both the 10th anniversary edition and this one. I am very disappointed in the author of this edition because, rather than expanding the information on how prescription drugs affect a woman's cycle, fertility, and period, she completely left it out and ignored it like it doesn't even exist. As a woman who used to take a medication that wrecked my charts and caused vertical zig-zag patterns not even mentioned in the book, I have to say that it seems like Toni is trying to avoid getting in trouble with Pharma. So many women these days seem to use one form or another of medication, and almost all of them interfere with your cycle in some way, so this is pretty big info that she left out. I would have liked to see her expand on it.

Sorry Toni, but if you are truly interested in helping a woman take charge of her cycle, you should have left in your drug table that correlates which drug causes which cycle problem. In fact, you should have expanded the table and devoted a whole chapter to it. I would have liked to have seen some example charts of woman who take various common Rx drugs and what their temps did. This would have saved me 6 months of despair, worry, and anger from not knowing what was going on.

Ladies who are on a Rx drug, order the older book, at least the author briefly addresses how the Rx will affect your cycle.
5

April 16, 2016

Something every woman should read!
I absolutely love this book! Im 28 years old and i wanted to find a more natural form of birth control. I was amazed at what i read! Every woman should know exactly how their bodies work and this book def opened my eyes. I only wish i knew this sooner, i never would have gotten on the pill. I have the revised 20th anniversary edition, and i am always referring to it when i have a question about my cycle. I also find that charting both bbt and cervical fluid works better than any ovulation app or period tracker. I have an app as well and it's not as exact as my chart. Taking my bbt everyday is no longer a hassle but just part of my daily routine. Since i am not ttc, i charted for several months before i felt comfortable relying on this method. It took some convincing to get my hubby on board! I def recommend reading from cover to cover, don't skip around or you will miss important details. This book has really given me a confidence in how my body works that i didn't have before. I don't have to question if i could possibly be pregnant or wonder where my period is, i can tell with my chart. I feel empowered going to my gyno because i know what's going on with me. Its also a very helpful tool for your gyno so they can better pinpoint if there is an issue with ttc or another reproductive problem. Saves time and tests!
5

May 2, 2018

This book gave me my womanhood
I bought this book after stopping the birth control pill. I had been on the pill for 10 years (15-25). I had headaches, sexual dysfunction (vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse), and wicked anxiety. I internalized all these ailments as part of me. Little did I know that the pill was causing all my problems.

After trying practically all the low dose pills on the market and having horrific cystic acne with Mirena, my OB suggested I try getting off the pill to see if my headaches went away. I didn’t even mention my sexual dysfunction and anxiety out of shame.

So I got off the pill but needed some guidance. I hadn’t had a period in a looooooong time due to the pills. Okay I had periods sometimes but they were more like spotting. But still, I was lacking in knowledge about how to naturally control birth and naturally manage periods. I scoured the interwebs and found this book. Wow. Damn.

I didn’t know how body illiterate I was. This book empowered me as a woman. I now understand my body and feel comfortable with it. Something I never felt before.

When I quit the pill, all my lovely, luscious cervical fluids came flowing back to life-replenishing the desert that my vagina had become on the pill. TCOYF helped me understand these fluids and their purpose. I know use these fluids as indicators for when I need to be very careful about sex. I also better understood what was happening in my body while I was on the pill. Let me tell ya, it ain’t good.

This book also pointed me to Chinese medicine to help with menstrual problems like cramping and other PMS symptoms. Acupuncture literally cured the nightmare cramps I was having while on my period. Not to mention helped clear up my acne.

Also, this book has great sex tips!

This is a long review. If you’ve made it this far, I hope you buy this book. It’s the Bible for women.
4

Jul 30, 2008

This ought to be required reading for everyone in possession of a uterus.

It's totally famous and often recommended. However, I picked this hefty volume up once in B&N, and after leafing through several pages of complicated looking charts and completely gross close-up pictures of what-I-didn't-even-know, I nestled it back on the shelf and said to myself, "Well, I'll read that if I ever have any PROBLEMS with my junk 'down there.'" Fortunately, I happened upon it again in a Half-Price many This ought to be required reading for everyone in possession of a uterus.

It's totally famous and often recommended. However, I picked this hefty volume up once in B&N, and after leafing through several pages of complicated looking charts and completely gross close-up pictures of what-I-didn't-even-know, I nestled it back on the shelf and said to myself, "Well, I'll read that if I ever have any PROBLEMS with my junk 'down there.'" Fortunately, I happened upon it again in a Half-Price many months later, and the low price convinced me to finally give it a go.

First of all, it is NOT as intimidating or scientifically dense as if appears at first flip through. The author adopts a very laid-back, humorous tone and approach to the whole topic, making it a friendly read for most anyone. Also, the length is not quite what it seems; the latter third is optional appendices for special topics and audiences, and the main portion of the book is filled with quickly-skimmed charts and cartoons.

Second, it is not, as many would think, just a book for those trying to get knocked up. It is about understanding you body, your rhythms, your internal signs and signals, and finally, your potential for fertility (whether you're in the camp who desires it or resents it, it's good to know where/when/what it is). Weschler describes a drug-free birth-control method, a common-sense conception method, troubleshooting for irregular or curious cycle behavior, comfort and control for menopause, and more.

I feel empowered for having read this, but I also felt a tinge of regret that I am only NOW reading this. Women deserve a better relationship, understanding, and view of their bodies than we're granted in the typical sex-ed class or gynecological office. This information is at once simple, accessible, and profound. ...more
5

July 9, 2017

Used information to avoid pregnancy AND get pregnant!
Life changing book. I had been on birth control pills for 13 years and wanted a natural alternative. I read this book and used the information within to avoid pregnancy for 11 cycles. On my 12th cycle, my husband and I wanted to get pregnant. As I write this review, I am holding my 5 week old baby girl. I got pregnant on that 12th cycle- I couldn't believe how easy it was. The information in this book is invaluable. I recommend this for all women. I have told numerous friends about it that have had a hard time trying to conceive, and all of them got pregnant after reading this book. This book is incredibly empowering. Whether you want to avoid pregnancy using a natural form of birth control or get pregnant, this book is for you. I will never use hormonal birth control again and I hope that when I want to get pregnant again it will be as easy as the first time.
5

December 4, 2018

The holy grail of fertility and getting pregnant
I struggled with what I thought was infertility after 10 months of unsuccessfully trying to conceive. I thought I was doing everything right, from tracking my period cycles to testing my ovulation every month. As a last resort before beginning IVF, I ordered this book (the positive reviews helped too). As it turns out, I was only aware of a small fraction of what our bodies go through month to month- and what I was doing wrong. This book taught me everything I need to know about my body and my ovulation cycles, from BBT charting to taking complete charge of my fertility. As I write this review, I am 23 weeks along expecting our first child in March. I couldn’t have done it without this book. The information in this book put me in serious tune with my own body and gave me all of the knowledge that you can’t find from doctors or Google. Ladies, you are NOT infertile- you are just unknowledgeable! I really can’t speak highly enough about it and would absolutely recommend it to all women, especially those who are trying to take complete control of their bodies to conceive.
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May 09, 2009

I really wish they gave out this book instead of pads & tampons in 5th grade. It's ridiculous that I didn't find out how my body works until now, but, better late than not at all!

The book presents sympto-thermal charting in an understandable manner, but mainly focuses on trying to get pregnant rather than trying to avoid pregnancy. The principles can be used the other way around, but this book isn't necessarily a guide for using FAM as birth control, and doesn't contain a lot of info I really wish they gave out this book instead of pads & tampons in 5th grade. It's ridiculous that I didn't find out how my body works until now, but, better late than not at all!

The book presents sympto-thermal charting in an understandable manner, but mainly focuses on trying to get pregnant rather than trying to avoid pregnancy. The principles can be used the other way around, but this book isn't necessarily a guide for using FAM as birth control, and doesn't contain a lot of info regarding transitioning off of hormonal birth control.

Otherwise, very informative with very clear diagrams and pictures. Even if you're not trying to avoid pregnancy or get pregnant, if you are female or in a relationship with a female, this is as close as you get to an owners manual for a uterus. ...more
5

August 24, 2018

Great book for individuals who need to plan and feel in control to be relaxed.
Being a pharmacist I see patients who are having difficulty getting pregnant way more often than you might think. Past the OTC fertility tests while knowing they have their limitations I wasn't sure what else to recommend. Fast forward 3 years after graduating, my husband and I are talking about having kids.

I personally am a planner, to-do list maker, habitual calendar logger, type A personality, etc. and I found this book to be a huge dose of relief. For us Type A people.... we don't like the unknown or the we'll wait and see what happens crap. We want to know where we're at, what's wrong, the next steps to fix it, and ultimately the solution. This book give you ALL OF IT in terms of your cycle, ovulation, ovarian cysts, PCOS, endometriosis... EVERYTHING.

I personally take comfort in knowing as long as I track my waking temperatures and cervical fluid with some other everyday observational baselines that I will be able to get pregnant. Also, if we don't get pregnant the book gives some solutions to try and fix everything BEFORE you even head to the doctor for necessary or unnecessary testing because you already know why you're not getting pregnant!!!!

Because I like to control situations and this book has educated me to take control of getting pregnant systematically and coming up with solutions to problems before the one year mark of possible infertility. It takes the suspense out of not getting pregnant after a few months so you don't get stressed out.

I highly recommend it to women even not looking to get pregnant because there is vital information about your body that even I didn't learn going to school as a pharmacist. I have already recommended it to a few friends who have abnormal cycles, are trying to get pregnant with baby #2, and some patients who in passing have asked for OTC ovulation kit recommendations.

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING BOOK!!!
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September 6, 2015

Buy the older version
If you are going to purchase the book, buy an older version. There does not seem to be any new information in the new version, and it cost a lot more. The book is empowering, but the information can be found on the internet.
5

January 3, 2018

All women need this book
This book will grant you the wisdom, patience, and strength to endure the sometimes-tumultuous journey of being a woman of childbearing age. The media has tricked us into thinking our bodies are an unsolvable mystery, and that we must rely on hormonal birth control to protect us. After reading and tracking, I've learned more about myself in 6 months than I have in years, and I feel more connected to my partner than I ever have. Weschler's style is open and informed, and she addresses so many nuances of the menstrual cycle. Many anomalies are accounted for with descriptions and sample charts, and what I love most is that I never, ever felt afraid, or sad, or hopeless reading this. I felt empowered and encouraged, and I've definitely achieved the results I was looking for, with regards to both birth control and pregnancy achievement. This stuff doesn't happen overnight, but most good things take time.
5

Jul 23, 2007

Basically this book is like my second bible. I first saw a copy next to my cousin's bed and was fascinated by the title, dipped in and then ordered my own copy! Toni Weschler is brilliant. This book literally changed my life and I really can't rate it highly enough. In it, Toni explains the sound scientific Fertility Awareness Method which, for a matter of a couple of minutes a day, can give you an understanding of your body that no biology book or visit to the doctors could possible give you. Basically this book is like my second bible. I first saw a copy next to my cousin's bed and was fascinated by the title, dipped in and then ordered my own copy! Toni Weschler is brilliant. This book literally changed my life and I really can't rate it highly enough. In it, Toni explains the sound scientific Fertility Awareness Method which, for a matter of a couple of minutes a day, can give you an understanding of your body that no biology book or visit to the doctors could possible give you. By using the method, you can:

Practise a completely natural and over 99% effective birth control method (actually, it CAN be higher than this- any failure is down to "user failure"- i.e. non-practise of the method)

Help identify any fertility problems BEFORE running to the doctor and getting involved in invasive diagnostics tests

Know whether you ovulated in any given cycle-or not

Know the best days to get a smear test, and to check for breast lumps

Know if you're period is going to be late, beforehand and without rushing out to get a pregnancy test in panic

Understand all those signs throughout the month that most women are too afraid to ask other women about

Identify when you can get pregnant (and when to use protection!) and even help weigh the odds to male/female. Know that you're pregnant without having to buy a test.

Keep a check on your own health by identifying any warning signs or abnormalities

Accurately predict due dates

KNOW that your cycle, as with those of most women, does not usually conform to the "28 day" model, nor do all women ovulate on day 14! And know that its normal

Used as birth control this method, obviously won't suit all, but it is worth just knowing what's going on in your body.

Remarkable. I can vouch for the reliability of this method WHEN USED correctly. ...more
5

June 28, 2017

Every woman needs it
I bought this book to get pregnant fast and to learn more about the menstrual cycle. To my surprise, I actually didnt know anything before this book. Everything I was taught as a teenager by my mom and my school teachers was just wrong. I'm glad I get to stop the wheel of wrong information. Oh and got pregnant the first cycle that I applied what I learned!! Every female needs to read this book. Knowledge is power!
5

February 6, 2018

The best book out there for FAM
Best book ever for those trying to conceive (or not). After partaking in several fertility app communities, it has become apparent to me that too many women are unaware of their biological and reproductive functions...I highly recommend this book to women who don't have much reproductive education, as well as to those who do because, in the least, this serves as a great reference point. I had never tracked my Basal Body Temperature before I purchased this book, and I wanted to be sure that I was doing it right, tracking the information correctly, and interpreting the results accurately. This book is really the most helpful tool out there to understanding, tracking, and interpreting everything you'd ever need to know about you body, TTC, and TTA.
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November 16, 2016

Very basic knowledge, no solution to fertility problems
I would say the book belongs to a period when women had no knowledge of human biology. It brushes too much on the basics that girls learn in college these days. And when it comes to complex and commonly faced topics today like PCOS, annovulation, infertility etc all the author could do was scare you to death with words like 'one of the most serious conditions' 'very difficult to conceive and get pregnant' , with no tips whatsoever on how you can make things better.

Dont waste your money. The book only stresses on charting your fertility using BBT. Its proven that thus method is not effective for most women. There are more scientifically advanced information on blogs these days for free.

Update: I returned this book and brought the book ‘The Period Repair Manual’. I am singing praises for this one. It helped me understand the problems I was facing and gave solutions that actually helped me cure my irregular cycles and helped me to Conceive! I have a beautiful 7 months old baby now. For anyone having fertility issues, please ditch the book in the title and refer to The Period Repair Manual
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July 26, 2016

I am so disappointed in this book
Honestly, I am so disappointed in this book. I thought it was going to be the holy grail of fertility (especially after reading such amazing reviews). However, from the start, I was very surprised that she ignored some scientific fact. I am by no means a fertility specialist or a doctor, but some things she stated in her book were false and/or very misleading. To me, it almost felt like she had an agenda for her proposed best method of birth control. At times, I felt the book was cheesy (when she gave the case studies and scenarios) and I felt that she felt the only correct form of birth control was her own- she had very, very negative things to say about other types of birth control and that was disheartening for me. Is hormonal birth control a great option for your body? No, it's mostly not. But as someone with Endometriosis, birth control is necessary for my body to function properly because my body will not do naturally what it's supposed to do. What about hundreds of thousands who need birth control for medical purposes? It's not fair to them, to paint such a negative outlook of something that can be medically beneficial. She made me feel like there was no hope for me, as someone who suffers from lack of regular periods and endometriosis, as well as spontaneous ovulation. Overall, I am so disappointed in this book. The only thing it did for me was stress me out even more about being able to get pregnant.
5

Aug 07, 2007

though she attempts to demonstrate objectivity, she definitely puts her pom-poms behind this method of birth control (which, i think she would like me to point out, is not the rhythm method!).

this is an essential, comprehensive, and empowering guide for anyone who wants to understand the gross physiology of being female and/or who wants to decrease or increase the potential for becoming pregnant without the inconveniences of pills, needles, latex, medical invasions, etc.
3

July 19, 2015

A lot of information to process if you are new to NFP
This book was very scientific in my opinion and a bit overwhelming at times. I read this as an entry into the natural family planning world. It was a lot of solid information but just kind of a lot to process for someone who was not very familiar with anything . After being in the natural family planning world for a while it was a much easier read.
5

June 18, 2016

I wish all women would read this book. It teaches so much!
2

May 3, 2017

Just surf the internet instead of buying this book.
The title really gets you feeling like there is so much you can do, but once you start reading it's the same information you'd find on the internet. For the those reading this - please don't blame yourselves for fertitlity issues, so much is out of our control.
5

Aug 14, 2008

just wanted to take a moment to sing this book's praises. i consider myself to have had a pretty good sex education, but this book taught me just how little i actually learned (or, i should say, how little they actually taught me) about the menstrual cycle. this book is a fucking must-keep-by-your-bed-for-handy-reference if you are any bit the female health nerd that i am. you will learn so much about your own cycle, it will knock your socks off. if you are actually in the midst of trying to just wanted to take a moment to sing this book's praises. i consider myself to have had a pretty good sex education, but this book taught me just how little i actually learned (or, i should say, how little they actually taught me) about the menstrual cycle. this book is a fucking must-keep-by-your-bed-for-handy-reference if you are any bit the female health nerd that i am. you will learn so much about your own cycle, it will knock your socks off. if you are actually in the midst of trying to avoid pregnancy or get pregnant, this book will knock your panties off. it is a gem. ...more
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March 23, 2016

Not useful
Honestly , I already knew everything that was given in this book. As a woman ttc for years , you have heard and done so much that you already have a lot of knowledge to begin with . To top that, I'm a medical professional so I know my body anatomy and the science behind our female reproductive system very well. This is a good book for a lay person who is naive in her ttc or prevention journey
5

Mar 27, 2013

Note: I am using this book for its BIRTH CONTROL section, not its seemingly "getting pregnant" aura from the cover. So, that being said, this book was AWESOME! I have been wanting an effective way to get off of hormonal birth control because I believe it is the last puzzle piece in the search to cure my migraines. NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE RHYTHM METHOD WHICH IS A HIGHLY INEFFECTIVE FORM OF NATURAL BIRTH CONTROL!!! THIS IS NOT THE RHYTHM METHOD, I REPEAT. This book is so informative and very easy to Note: I am using this book for its BIRTH CONTROL section, not its seemingly "getting pregnant" aura from the cover. So, that being said, this book was AWESOME! I have been wanting an effective way to get off of hormonal birth control because I believe it is the last puzzle piece in the search to cure my migraines. NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE RHYTHM METHOD WHICH IS A HIGHLY INEFFECTIVE FORM OF NATURAL BIRTH CONTROL!!! THIS IS NOT THE RHYTHM METHOD, I REPEAT. This book is so informative and very easy to read. While it may intimidate some, because it really does look like a textbook, it really isn't that long of a read. Especially because if you want to use it for birth control, you don't need to read the "getting pregnant" or "pre-menopausal" sections and vice versa. Also, a lot of the Appendix sections in the back are merely reference and only apply to certain circumstances. This was such a great book and I know I will reference it for over half of my lifetime. I am also already thinking of giving his book as a gift to some of my female family members. ...more
5

Jun 03, 2012

I agree with nearly everyone else I know (and reviews from strangers) in that this book should be required reading for women and men regardless of their opinions on sex, pregnancy, etc. And yes, I do think men should read it too. Reproduction is not exactly a one-sided arrangement.

Truly is a great presentation of a lot of information about your reproductive health - from basic cycle patterns, potential problems & how to identify them, understanding the cause & effects of it all, & I agree with nearly everyone else I know (and reviews from strangers) in that this book should be required reading for women and men regardless of their opinions on sex, pregnancy, etc. And yes, I do think men should read it too. Reproduction is not exactly a one-sided arrangement.

Truly is a great presentation of a lot of information about your reproductive health - from basic cycle patterns, potential problems & how to identify them, understanding the cause & effects of it all, & how to chart successfully whether you're avoiding pregnancy or trying to achieve it. If you're into data as much as this self-proclaimed data-dork is, I recommend charting your own cycles using the methods here. I've learned a lot about my own health, & feel much more informed & able to walk into the doctor's office with a whole lot more knowledge.
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5

December 16, 2017

BUY THIS FOR EVERY WOMAN YOU KNOW.
My life absolutely changed after reading this book. I’m so empowered now. I hated Feeling like i didnt Know what was going on with my body, never knowing when my period would start or if i was Going to accidentally get pregnant. My IUD caused all sorts of issues, plus i mever Felt 100% safe with it. Now i feel Totally safe.
4 months later, no scares, no questions, I’m im charge. And it’s FANTASTIC.

This should be required in HS, because all i learned ABput my period was that i bleed For 3-5 days every month and it’s sucks. Ya? Thanks guys.

This book is SO worth it.
I also use The Kindara app + Wink thermometer now — love how easy it is to chart. Plus I can easily show my husband my chart, and reassure him that my delayed period is not a pregnancy because of XY&Z. He loves it!
We want to be ready for kids, so we can focus on this, cuz now we’re both still in school.

BUY THIS FOR EVERY WOMAN YOU KNOW.
5

August 16, 2018

A real eye opening experience
I ordered this by the suggestion of a friend who had read it and utilized the information in it to successfully achieve pregnancy. Holy moly, Was she right about it being an eye opener! So much of what we were taught as teens and young adults was either glossed over, or flat out wrong. I haven’t yet applied what I’ve learned from this to work towards pregnancy, as I’m only just getting into the details and charting process, but I’ve already learned enough to know I will definitely not rely on our school educators or society’s common beliefs to educate my (hopefully) future children about their own fertility. You don’t need to go into your journey to natural pregnancy blindly hoping you cycle is “textbook” and believing if it isn’t, there’s something “wrong.” And if you’re looking to avoid pregnancy naturally, this book is useful for this as well, as the information can be applied either way! That being said, even though I intend to use the information to educate my own future children, I don’t think *most* teenagers have the level of maturity and responsibility required to use the information as their method of birth control, but it would still make an excellent addition to their fertility education. Please don’t kid yourself, teens have sex. Teach them to be safe if they make the choice to have sex, not only to avoid pregnancy but STDs as well! This method obviously does NOT help avoid them.

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