Honoring Our Cycles Review
The cover of Honoring Our Cycles: a Natural Family Planning Workbook says in plain language the workbook is “for knowing which days you can and can’t get pregnant.” It’s a great introduction to the book – the entire thing is just as refreshingly straightforward and simple. This simple-to-understand workbook should be right there on your shelf with the more encyclopedic natural family planning volumes. – (Read the reviews and check price here)
The book is a quick, easy read and it’s a great introduction to Natural Family Planning/Fertility Awareness. It begins with a simple overview of the female reproductive system and includes clear drawings. Author Katie Singer then moves right into how to chart the different fertility signals.
She explains things in simple language – even younger women will understand her easy-to-read cycle information. I have read a lot of excellent books on Natural Family Planning, and I rate this one as the best to start with.
Honoring Our Cycles covers how to tell which kinds of cervical fluid are common during your cycle. It also explains clearly how to tell the difference between fluid feelings inside the vagina and those outside, along with the outer lips. It has nice examples of charts to help guide you in charting your own signs.
The book does a good job explaining morning temperature taking. It has the clearest, most easy to understand rules for taking temperature I have seen in a book on fertility awareness.
You’ll appreciate the simple explanations of cervical changes. This is one of the more challenging fertility signs to decipher for some women. Singer’s explanations make it seem much less daunting!
I love Singer’s suggestions for tracking your own health, and how your body responds during different times of your cycle.
The next section of the book deals with how to use these fertility signals to tell if you are fertile or not. As you’ll come to expect as you read the book, it’s written in plain, down-to-earth language. Very nice and good for the beginner.
Honoring Our Cycles’ chapter on Fertility Awareness While Breastfeeding is absolutely the best explanation I have seen on the subject within a book on fertility awareness. If you’re a breastfeeding mom interested in spacing your children using Natural Family Planning this chapter will help you a ton!
The book also offers up information on night-lighting and nutrition. These things can and do affect your fertility and your fertility cycles. The information is sound and worth a read.
The final pages of the book are composed of quite a few copies of charts ready for your use. I love that the charts have a summary of rules for avoiding pregnancy and hints for helping you to get pregnant printed right on the back of them.
Overall this is a great little workbook. It is a perfect introduction to fertility awareness and natural family planning. You can read it, absorb it, and then save it! You can pass it on to your own daughters. It doesn’t go into a lot of detail – you’ll probably want to supplement the book with a larger reference volume (check my reviews page for some suggestions) – but this is an excellent starting point with excellent info on nutrition and cycles. Great book (and a great price!) be sure to pick this one up for your collection!