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Current Medical Research

 

Current Medical Research (CMR) provides brief reviews of research within the field of Natural Family Planning (NFP), human fertility and related issues. This information is a source of continuing education for teachers of all methods of NFP. It is also of interest for those who work to promote the methods of NFP.

Current Issues from 2000

CMR- Vol. 25, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2014
This issue of CMR features reviews of articles pertaining to NFP, contraception/sterilization, fertility/infertility and the menstrual cycle. Under the Microscope: "Validation of A Simplified Mucus Only Method of Natural Family Planning"
 
CMR - Vol. 24, Nos. 3 & 4, Summer-Fall 2013
This issue of CMR provides an in depth discussion on NFP and divorce.
 
CMR - Vol. 24, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2013
This issue of CMR presents reviews of research pertaining to NFP, breastfeeding, and the menstrual cycle. Under the Microscope: "Systematic Reviews on the Effectiveness of Natural Family Planning Methods."
 
CMR - Vol. 23, Nos. 3 & 4, Summer-Fall 2012
This issue of CMR contains research reviews pertaining to fertility, infertility, abortion and pregnancy. Under the Microscope: “Fertility Awareness in Gynecology: Application to Family Planning and Endometriosis.”
 
CMR - Vol. 23, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2012
This issue features reviews and articles pertaining to NFP, the menstrual cycle, contraception, and abortion (of note: induced abortion and breast cancer, hormonal contraceptives linked to prostate cancer in men, and use of tubal sterilization). Under the Microscope: “The Facts about Faithful Catholics and Contraception.”
 
CMR - Vol. 22, Nos. 3 & 4, Summer-Fall 2011
This issue features reviews of articles pertaining to the menstrual cycle, fertility/infertility, contraception and abortion. Under the Microscope: "Use of NFP for Sex Selection and Family Balance."
 
CMR - Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2011
This issue features reviews and articles pertaining to NFP, fertility and infertility, and contraception (of note: the 2-Day Method, the effectiveness of teaching NFP via the internet, and effects of hormonal contraception). Under the Microscope: "Perfect, Typical, and Imperfect Use of Natural Family Planning Methods."
 
CMR - Vol. 21, Nos. 3 & 4, Summer-Fall 2010
This issue features reviews pertaining to NFP, the menstrual cycle (of note: menstrual cycle variability during menopause transition), and various studies pertaining to contraception. Under the Microscope: "Catholics Contraception and Abortion - The National Survey of Family Growth."
 
CMR - Vol. 21, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2010
This newsletter presents several reviews on NFP, the menstrual cycle (of note: menstrual cycles of exercising women), and studies pertaining to contraception. Of Interest: "Approximately 1 in 4 U.S. Female Adolescents Have Sexually Transmitted Infections;" and "Abstinence-Only Intervention to Reduce Sexual Activity among African-American Adolescents More Effective than Condom-Based 'Safe Sex' Intervention."
 
CMR - Vol. 20, Nos. 3 & 4, Summer-Fall 2009
This issue contains reviews of articles pertaining to NFP, fertility/infertility, the menstrual cycle, and contraception (of note: increased risk for breast cancer found among cohort of women with prior use of oral contraception). Under the Microscope: "The Breastfeeding Transition and Natural Family Planning."
 
CMR - Vol. 20, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2009
This issue features reviews on NFP, fertility/infertility, and contraception. Under the Microscope: "Optimizing Natural Fertility: Frequency of Intercourse, Focused Intercourse, and Lifestyle Factors."
 
CMR - Vol. 19, Nos. 3 & 4, Summer-Fall 2008
This issue includes reviews of studies pertaining to NFP, fertility/infertility (of note: "Web-based Patient Education Intervention Found Beneficial for Women Experiencing Infertility"), the menstrual cycle, and contraception. Under the Microscope: "Breastfeeding and Early Pregnancy Loss."
 
CMR - Vol. 19, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2008
This issue features several reviews of research on NFP, fertility, contraception (of note: return of menses after continuous use of oral contraception), and the menstrual cycle. Under the Microscope: "Stress and Menstrual Cycle Variability."
 
CMR - Vol. 18, Nos. 3 & 4, Summer-Fall 2007
This issue includes reviews of several studies regarding NFP (of note: fertile window variation from couple to couple), fertility, the menstrual cycle, and contraception. Under the Microscope: "Sterilization among Roman Catholic Women in the United States."
 
CMR - Vol. 18, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2007 - Addendum
This special Addendum issue features a groundbreaking Europe-based study on the efficacy of the Sympto-Thermal Method as comparable to modern methods of contraception, including the birth control pill.
 
CMR - Vol. 18, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2007
This issue provides several reviews of research pertaining to NFP, the menstrual cycle (of note: menstrual cycle length during final year before menopause), fertility, and contraception. Under the Microscope: "The Rhythm Method and Embryonic Death."
 
CMR - Vol. 17, Nos. 3 & 4, Summer-Fall 2006
This issue contains reviews on research in the areas of NFP, the menstrual cycle, family planning, infertility, and postpartum. Under the Microscope: "Knowledge of Fertility Low Among University Students and General Public."
 
CMR - Vol. 17, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2006
This issue features reviews of studies on NFP, breastfeeding/the menstrual cycle, and contraception. Under the Microscope: "Recent Studies Explore Problems (Physical and Ethical) with IVF Procedures and Oocyte Donation."
 
CMR - Vol. 16, Nos. 3 & 4, Summer-Fall 2005
The following issue presents reviews of research on the following topics: NFP, male fertility, and contraceptives. Under the Microscope: "Staging the Menopausal Transition: TREMIN and STRAW."
 
CMR - Vol. 16, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2005
The following volume consists of reviews on research pertaining to the 2-Day Method, infertility, and the menstrual cycle (of note: "What is a Regular Menstrual Cycle?"). Under the Microscope: "Use of Natural Family Planning in United States Remains Low: New Data from the National Survey of Family Growth."
 
CMR - Vol. 15, Nos. 3 & 4, Summer-Fall 2004
This issue features several reviews of research on NFP, infertility, and contraceptives (of note: return to ovulation post Depo-Provera). Under the Microscope: "Book Review: 'The Medical and Surgical Practices of NaProTECHNOLOGY.'"
 
CMR - Vol. 15, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2004
The following issue contains reviews of research on NFP (of note: simple Natural Family Planning methods for breastfeeding women), fertility monitors, menstrual cycles (of note: disturbances post oral contraception usage), and contraceptives.
 
CMR - Vol. 14, Nos. 3 & 4, Summer-Fall 2003
The following Special Edition issue contains a brief review of the best NFP studies published in CMR from 1998-2003. Topics discussed in these studies include: the accuracy of biological markers of fertility; effectiveness of NFP methods; day specific probabilities of fecundity; breastfeeding; psychological aspects of practicing NFP; lifestyle factors and fertility health; and miscellaneous studies on NFP.
 
CMR - Vol. 14, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2003
This issue contains research reviews on fertility, the menstrual cycle, contraceptives, and menopause. Under the Microscope: “Accuracy of Cervical Mucus as a Biological Marker for the Beginning of the Fertile Phase of the Menstrual Cycle.”
 
CMR - Vol. 13, Nos. 3 & 4, Summer-Fall 2002
The following issue features reviews on research pertaining to NFP, the menstrual cycle, and contraception. Under the Microscope: “Oral Contraceptives, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Breastfeeding and the Risk of Breast Cancer.”
 
CMR - Vol. 13, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2002
This issue contains research reviews and briefs pertaining to NFP, infertility, contraception, pregnancy, and the menstrual cycle. Under the Microscope: “NFP and Marital Dynamics – ‘Help or Hinder?’”
 
CMR - Vol. 12, Nos. 3 & 4, Summer-Fall 2001
This issue features research reviews and briefs pertaining to NFP (of note: fertility monitors) and contraception. Under the Microscope: "Being a Good Consumer of NFP Research."
 
CMR - Vol. 12, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2001
This issue features research reviews and briefs pertaining to NFP, fertility, and contraception. Under the Microscope: "Predicting the Fertile Window."
 
CMR - Vol. 11, Nos. 3 & 4, Summer-Fall 2000
This issue contains research reviews pertaining to NFP (of note: efficacy of different NFP methods) and research briefs on various topics (e.g. male infertility). Under the Microscope: "Sperm Survival."
 
CMR - Vol. 11, Nos. 1 & 2, Winter-Spring 2000
The following issue contains research reviews on NFP, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and contraception. Under the Microscope: "The Effectiveness of Natural Family Planning."
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