Who’s Your Data?

“Own Your Body’s Data” – a TED Talk by Talithia Williams
Posted February 2014


At Reply, we love this fantastic TED Talk from 2014. A self-professed math geek, Dr. Talithia Williams, gets personal in this piece about her own experience with cycle charting. She notes that one of the reasons she got a PhD in Statistics was because she “always wanted to know, what are people trying to hide with numbers? As a statistician, I want people to show me the data so I can decide for myself.”

With fertility awareness you can “own your body’s data”. And, as Dr. Williams points out in this talk, even the simplest markers can make a real difference if you only know how to look at them. “Just by taking daily measurements about yourself, you become the expert on your body. You become the authority. It’s not hard to do. You don’t have to have a Ph.D. in statistics to be an expert in yourself. You don’t have to have a medical degree to be your body’s expert. Medical doctors, they’re experts on the population, but you are the expert on yourself. And so when two of you come together, when two experts come together, the two of you are able to make a better decision than just your doctor alone.”

We say Amen to that.

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