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NFP The Art of Natural Family Planning
John and Sheila Kippley
The authors provide a clear explanation of the sympto-thermal method of  fertility awareness.  Although they clearly explain Christian teachings on birth control, especially from a Catholic perspective, the book is also very readable for those interested in a natural, non-chemical approach to family planning.

 
Hahn Life-Giving Love : Embracing God's Beautiful Design for Marriage
Kimberly and Scott Hahn
These well-known Catholic writers address the issue of Natural Family Planning in a readable manner that combines clear scriptural references with many anecdotes from couples who use this method.


Menopause and Perimenopause 
Taking Charge Before the Change:  Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause
Ann Louise Gittleman
Perimenopause can begin 10 years or more before actual menopause, and many women experience changes and symptoms that are confusing, disruptive, and hard to identify.  The author, well-known in the the natural health field, clearly explains the symptoms of perimenopause and offers a self-diagnosis quiz.  She then presents a systematic natural approach to treating symptoms, emphasizing vitamins, minerals, herbs, and natural rather than synthetic hormones.

The Pause The Pause : Positive Approaches to Menopause. Lonnie Barbach, Ph.D.
Before menopause comes "the pause", that period of time when a woman's changing body can cause many vague and hard-to-diagnose symptoms. Very thorough in its explanations of the perimenopausal phase, symptoms, and treatments. What distinguishes this book is that it covers both medical and herbal remedies for various symptoms.  Now in a new edition, with updated info.
 
Power of Perimenopause: A Woman's Guide to Physical and Emotional Health During the transitional Decade.  Stephanie Degraff Bender and  treacy Colbert
More great info on understanding how a woman's hormonal balance changes in the decade before reaching menopause.  Excellent information on various forms of treatment, including Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), alternative medicine such as herbs and supplements, and lifestyle changes.
 
Natural Woman Natural Woman, Natural Menopause
by Marcus Laux and Christine Conrad
More info on getting through menopause with natural hormones, supplements, diet and exercise.
 

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