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What is?


What Is Fertility Awareness?

A powerful practice of tuning in to our fertility signs, hormonal cycles, and sexuality.

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What is?


What Is Fertility Awareness?

A powerful practice of tuning in to our fertility signs, hormonal cycles, and sexuality.

Practice


The Practice

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.
 
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Practice


The Practice

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.
 
ABOUT CLASSES

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Proof


The Proof

A study published in the journal Human Reproduction tracked 900 women using the sympto-thermal Fertility Awareness Method for contraception. User effectiveness (that is, typical use) was found to be over 98%. Method effectiveness (that is, perfect use with no mistakes) was over 99%. All women in the study received thorough training and periodic counseling in Fertility Awareness.

READ THE STUDY
 
References that cite a higher failure rate lump together all Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABMs), including the rhythm method and cycles beads, which use observations about previous cycles or the typical length of many women’s cycles to predict your fertile time. These failure rates are NOT an accurate reflection of the sympto-thermal method’s effectiveness.
 
A key feature of the sympto-thermal method is that users make daily observations that they can use to assess their fertility each day, in real time. So even if stress, travel, or another event delays ovulation or makes the cycle a little longer or shorter, a woman will still know when she is potentially fertile—and when she is not.

Proof


The Proof

A study published in the journal Human Reproduction tracked 900 women using the sympto-thermal Fertility Awareness Method for contraception. User effectiveness (that is, typical use) was found to be over 98%. Method effectiveness (that is, perfect use with no mistakes) was over 99%. All women in the study received thorough training and periodic counseling in Fertility Awareness.

READ THE STUDY
 
References that cite a higher failure rate lump together all Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABMs), including the rhythm method and cycles beads, which use observations about previous cycles or the typical length of many women’s cycles to predict your fertile time. These failure rates are NOT an accurate reflection of the sympto-thermal method’s effectiveness.
 
A key feature of the sympto-thermal method is that users make daily observations that they can use to assess their fertility each day, in real time. So even if stress, travel, or another event delays ovulation or makes the cycle a little longer or shorter, a woman will still know when she is potentially fertile—and when she is not.

Apps


The Apps

If you're already using an app to track your cycle, great! You already have some data to work with, but . . . 
 
NOT ALL CYCLE TRACKING APPS ARE CREATED EQUAL.
 
The software used to record and interpret your observations varies from app to app.  Some apps are quite sophisticated.  Some are no better than a calendar.  Some may be worse, because they can give you inaccurate predictions about your fertile and infertile times—predictions based standard cycle lengths, akin to the rhythm method, rather than accurate, daily analyses of your personal data and observations.
 
No app gives you the level of body awareness that a sound education in Fertility Awareness gives you.
 
I can give you a solid educational foundation in Fertility Awareness—and help you choose an app that suits your needs, if you decide you prefer an app to pencil and paper.

ABOUT CLASSES

 

 

 

Apps


The Apps

If you're already using an app to track your cycle, great! You already have some data to work with, but . . . 
 
NOT ALL CYCLE TRACKING APPS ARE CREATED EQUAL.
 
The software used to record and interpret your observations varies from app to app.  Some apps are quite sophisticated.  Some are no better than a calendar.  Some may be worse, because they can give you inaccurate predictions about your fertile and infertile times—predictions based standard cycle lengths, akin to the rhythm method, rather than accurate, daily analyses of your personal data and observations.
 
No app gives you the level of body awareness that a sound education in Fertility Awareness gives you.
 
I can give you a solid educational foundation in Fertility Awareness—and help you choose an app that suits your needs, if you decide you prefer an app to pencil and paper.

ABOUT CLASSES

 

 

 

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