THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE IS A BAROMETER OF OUR OVERALL HEALTH AND WELLBEING. It can indicate our hormonal balance, stress levels, food sensitivities, auto-immune function, nutrient absorption, and fertility (just to name a few assessments). However, many of us were not taught the language of our bodies in this way. In fact, we were likely taught that our menstrual cycles were something to hide, and the pain or discomfort we experience "just comes with the territory" of the female landscape.
But what if I told you that you aren't fertile every day? That your body is telling you very important information every-single-day of your cycle (not just which days you bleed)? What if I told you that you could increase your reproductive autonomy and likelihood of avoiding or achieving pregnancy with three consistent, daily actions without having to use synthetic hormones? Meet the Fertility Awareness Method!
The Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) is a broad term used to describe a sympto-thermal approach to natural birth control. The sympto-thermal method is an evidence-based approach that combines the sensations and interpretations (symptoms) of cervical position and the characteristics of cervical fluids throughout the day, alongside your waking basal body temperature (thermal). These data points are collected and combined onto a chart that maps out your fertility cycle from day to day and month to month. When used consistently and
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correctly, the Justisse Method of Fertility Awareness is 99.4% effective against unintended pregnancy. The method has no unwelcome side-effects and can be reversed immediately to achieve (and even optimize) pregnancy if or when the timing is aligned for you.
Want to learn how to utilize a natural birth control method, optimize your fertility, increase your own body literacy, and/or practice reproductive autonomy? Let's work together for a little over a season to give you the information, support and guidance you need to confidently interpret your cycles, integrate nutrition and holistic wellness modalities to achieve your health goals, and/or practice an effective method of birth control.
Once you've learned the method, you will be able to utilize this life skill throughout your reproductive lifespan for whatever your intentions might be (achieving pregnancy, avoiding pregnancy, and/or monitoring your health). Fertility Awareness is truly a holistic method. Most people are able to confidently use the method after working with an instructor for 3 full cycles. If you experience abnormal reproductive health symptoms, we may want to work together for a longer period of time.
Whether you're a paper and pen kind of person or you prefer to track your cycle with an app, I've got you covered! I've teamed up with the folks at Read Your Body to give each of my clients 3 months of their integrated Justisse Method charting app for FREE!
Already chart your cycle with a Fertility Awareness Method? Let's book an individual session to answer lingering questions, interpret your charts, and enhance your understanding of your unique cycles so that you can move forward in your reproductive autonomy with confidence!
Click here to book your charting session or preconception planning session, or contact me with questions so that we can determine what path might be best for you!