Ok, so I just had to stop in to say this:
This is a quasi-book review, but in reality it's more along the lines of personal revelation.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility is possibly the best book I've read in a long time. It is a wealth of information about how the female body works and I loved it. I could hardly put it down and read it in 2 sittings (only because I was falling asleep during the first sitting).
Its premise is to use the three signs your body gives you to either get pregnant, or not. The three signs are basal body temperature, cervical fluid, and cervix position. Basal Temperature tells you when you have just ovulated / when to expect your period / early pregnancy detection. Cervical fluid tells you when you are fertile / unfertile. Your cervix position is just sort of an accomplice, confirming the other two signs.
It also talks about something which I never knew about male fertility as well, but the focus is on females. Things like, did you know that "male" sperm (Y chromosome) are faster than "female" sperm (X chromosome)? Seriously, who knew?
The process of tracking your own fertility is actually really simple, and I love it. I take my temp every morning and I check my cervical fluid and I'm already learning so much I never knew! I know that soon I will ovulate, based on my cervical fluid, and I can confirm I've ovulated with my temperature. I'm sure you don't need to know that I will ovulate, but hey, it's my blog, and I'm excited about it.
This book has taken the mystery of the period and explained it in plain words. I don't have to live in ignorance of my body anymore. I am more connected with women as a whole than I ever have been because, after reading this book, I realize everything I experience is absolutely normal. What I used to sit and wonder/worry about, I can now know with certainty. It's strangely empowering.
I can't say enough good things about this book. You should go read it!
No one paid me to say nice things about this book--I don't have nearly enough readers to make that profitable for them!