I teach the sympto-thermal Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), a completely natural way to prevent
pregnancy, enhance the chances of conception, and monitor overall health and well
being. It involves making and charting a few basic observations each day:
• your basal body temperature upon waking each morning.
• the quality of cervical fluid, observed throughout the day.
In addition, you may choose to back up these observations by noting
• the position, texture and openness of your cervix.
Charting these observations and learning to interpret the chart lets you determine which days you are fertile and which you are not. Most women are fertile for just a handful of days each month. During that time, you can abstain, enjoy creative “outercourse,” or use a barrier method to prevent pregnancy.
Or, you can use this information to increase your chances of conception. Charting shows you whether and when you are ovulating. Focusing lovemaking during your fertile time increases the likelihood that it will lead to pregnancy. If you’re having a lot of sex, but it doesn’t line up with your fertile days, you will not conceive.
In addition, charting gives you concrete data and a record that reflects your hormonal health. It can provide you and your healthcare providers with solid information that is more accurate and helpful than relying on memory or brief notes on a calendar. Hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and endometriosis are a few of the health conditions that can be illuminated by charting. Your chart can also help you schedule tests and treatments at the optimal time in your cycle.