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Cycle Savvy: The Smart Teen's Guide to the Mysteries of Her Body

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Should I be concerned if my cycles are rarely 28 days? Why do I often feel so emotional before my period? And how can I know when my period's really going to start?!

If you're a teenage girl, you've probably asked yourself these questions and many more. Now Cycle Savvy has the answers that will help you understand what is really happening with your body on a day-to-day bas
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Jan 21, 2008 Kristen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Moms and teenage girls
When I first read Taking Charge of Your Fertility (TCOYF), I kept thinking that I wished I had learned so much about my body when I was in middle or high school. Evidently I was not alone. Toni Weschler, author of TCOYF, has come out with a great book for teens. The information about women's cycles and charting is comprehensive, yet still accessible to teens. And the tone is one of respect and wonderment at all the female body is designed to do -- an important message for all teens!

My only criti
Excellent explanations of the hormonal cycle and all that goes with it. Just a word of warning for parents: this book has an entire chapter on being ready for sex, along with a lot of safe sex talk, why to use condoms etc. Very non judgmental and explains lots of good reasons for waiting, along with how to decide if you're ready and all the consequences that could come from that choice. Just be aware that your daughter should be mature enough to handle that kind of detailed discussion and if you ...more
Amore Duzenski
Like "Taking Care of Your Girls" this is another book that should be in a girl's personal library.

A few of the topics in this book haven't been addressed in my heart-to-hearts with my mom. There really is a lot to go over! Even so, I have to give it to my mom, she tries her best to inform me of such things.

I don't agree with everything in this book; particularly masturbating and waiting until you are in a "long-term, monogamous relationship" to have sex. I firmly believe in saving yourself for

I love Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I read it over and over, used it to have my 2nd child and even was very active on it's website and boards. So when my daughter started her period I thought she should have the teen version. I ordered and read it and then put it up. My daughter was a very mature 13 year old when I bought it but I haven't given it to her. I'm not sure when I will, 16? There is a lot of information that she just doesn't need yet. So it's in my closet waiting for her to be rea ...more
This book is a good explanation of how the menstrual cycle works and how individuals can understand their own through cervical mucus, body temperature, and other signs. The writing and explanations are clear and understandable, and the sample charts and review quizzes are useful. Directed to teen girls 14 to 18, it does come off a little condescending — at the very least, trying too hard to be witty and accessible. Less easy to forgive are some messages the author slips in in the chapter on sex. ...more
Sep 08, 2008 Mimi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mimi by: Ovusoft
I loved Toni Weschler's "Taking charge of your fertility" Women were pressuring her to write one for teenage girls and I am glad she did it. Read the description!
I loved the first half of the book. She focuses on celebrating cycles and understanding and reading signs. So many girls guess and are surprised about an early start of their period or emotional PMS. With charting the guess work is eliminated. However I am not sure a 15 year old can successfully chart yet.
The second half was about sex
Feb 03, 2015 Katherine marked it as currently-paused
Toni Weschler is the author of "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" (an absolutely fantastic women's health book that every woman should read). She had so many readers tell her "I wish I had known all this when I was a teenager!" (me included) that she wrote a book for teenage girls. I am so psyched to read it and eventually share it with my girls (and lots of other teens, I hope!)
I read this because I am starting to track my cycle for the first time in my life. Even though I am 25 I found this very interesting and learned a few things I didn't know before. I wish I had received this book when I was going through puberty!
Sep 17, 2008 Betsy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls in their mid-teens and all mothers
Recommended to Betsy by: A lovely lady I met online.
An excellent book! I wish it had been around when I was a teen. Both of my girls will definitely be getting a copy when they are in their mid-teens.
Jan 15, 2012 Natalie marked it as to-read
Shelves: try-again-when-9
Not needed yet (I've told her probably more than she needs to know at 7) but at some point... I'll flag as 9 and re-evaluate then :-)
Wish I would have had this when I was young.
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Toni Weschler is a nationally respected women's health educator and speaker with a master's degree in Public Health. She founded Fertility Awareness Counseling and Training Seminars (FACTS) in 1986, and has lectured at hospitals, clinics, and universities since 1982. She recently helped develop cycle-tracking software as an adjunct to her book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility. The Ovusoft Fertilit ...more
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