For those who think, “the Pill” is the only answer to preventing pregnancy, here is a great alternative.
Fertility awareness is a method of both preventing pregnancy and achieving conception. It is based on the acute awareness of the couple to understand the body’s rhythm and cycle and to apply that awareness to either preventing a pregnancy or pursuing conception.
Fertility awareness method relies on the couple monitoring her fertility throughout the menstrual cycle and avoiding sex on the days in which she is fertile if prevention is desired or having sex on the days in which she is fertile if conception is desired. Sad to say but in this day and age of “the pill” most women are very unfamiliar with their body’s own rhythm and cycle. This can be corrected by Taking charge of your own fertility and becoming more informed.
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“FAM is also highly beneficial for all cycling women who simply want to educate themselves about their own bodies. So even if you have no interest in using the method for preventing pregnancy or achieving pregnancy, it is an empowering means of taking control of your gynecological health.”
The Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) is an incredibly liberating and effective method of understanding your fertility on a day-to-day basis, whether or not you are preventing pregnancy or you are looking for an aid to pregnancy achievement. It also happens to be a wonderful tool for maintaining your gynecological health.
What is involved? Fertility awareness involves all of the following:
Cervical mucus monitoring
Cervical mucus monitoring is used to determine changes in her cervical mucus, in order to determine when she is and when she is not fertile. Cervical mucus is one sign that the body is becoming fertile or not. This enables her to abstain from sex or use another method of contraception in her fertile periods.
Calendar charting enables women to know where they are in their cycle and to abstain from sex during the fertile days of their menstrual cycle. A woman learns to monitor the length of her menstrual cycle and track the progress through each cycle (e.g. by marking off the days on a calendar), in order to identify her fertile times. This will provide tremendous empowering information about her own body’s rhythm.
Basal body temperature monitoring
Basal body temperature monitoring relies on the woman recording her daily temperature measurements on a chart to determine the periods of her menstrual cycle when she is and is not fertile. This charting of body temperature is done first thing in the morning and recorded on the calendar or a chart for this purpose.