“Many women say, ‘This is so simple, why didn’t anyone tell us before?’” Rogow says. One reason, she contends, is that “drug companies have supported contraceptive research. Their financial interest lay in developing pills and IUDs. They haven’t supported fertility awareness research because it allows women to rely on themselves instead of on a drug company product. When women who have had bad experiences with pills and IUDs realize this, they get very angry.”

Rogow says men who attended her classes have been enthusiastic about the experience. “I’m really glad I learned it,” says Carlyle’s 28-year-husband, a graduate student at the University of California-Berkeley. “I used to be in the dark about birth control and Anne’s fertility. Now I just look at the chart. Our contraception is more out in the open, more integrated into our lives.”

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