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Natural Birth Control

Natural Birth Control - Fertility Awareness Method

Fertility ChartWhat is Fertility Awareness?

Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) is a collection of practices which that help a woman know which days of the month she is most likely to get pregnant. A woman can learn when ovulation is coming by observing her own body and and charting physical changes. She can then then use this information to avoid or encourage pregnancy.

Fertility Awareness

Fertility Awareness increases a woman's understanding of her body and her menstrual cycle. To be effective as birth control, it requires her to abstain from intercourse or to use a barrier method of birth control during the fertile time, approximately one-third of the month.

If you are want to use FAM as a method of birth control or to get pregnant, please seek additional information from the resources listed at the end or sign up for the next FAM class celesta is offering.

Fertility Awareness is a form of Natural Family Planning. However, the term 'Natural Family Planning' does not always mean the comprehensive approach known as Fertility Awareness Method or FAM.

Advantages

  • Fertility awareness
  • No health risks or side effects to the woman.
  • Can be used to plan or prevent pregnancy.
  • Effective if used correctly and consistently, especially for women who have regular menstrual periods.
  • Acceptable for couples with religious concerns about contraception.
  • Can increase a woman's awareness and understanding of her body.
  • Couples may develop greater communication, cooperation and responsibility.
  • For couples who choose not to abstain during the fertile period, use of barrier methods at that time can offer considerable protection against pregnancy.

Disadvantages

  • Learning to use the method takes time and effort.
  • Requires considerable commitment, calculation and self-control, both by the woman and her partner. 

Cycle BeadsCycle Beads

Cycle Beads can be a useful tool and a fun way for keeping track of where you are within your own cycle. The beads are color coded. Cycle Beads website has further information on fertility awareness.

Want to get pregnant?

  • Preconception advice for women regarding nutrition and other health factors.
  • All about Pregnancy from "Women's Health Matters" in Canada
  • For men - temperature affects sperm production. You are more likely to get pregnant during the winter and if the man wears boxer shorts instead of briefs.
  • For women - resting for 10 minutes following intrauterine insemination, or traditional sexual intercourse, may improve chances of pregnancy, according to a new study at McGill University. The study is published in the September issue of "Fertility and Sterility."
  • Study indicates a nutritional supplement known as FertilityBlend may help previously infertile women conceive, according to the April 2004 issue of Journal of Reproductive Medicine. The supplement contains folic acid; vitamins E, B6 and B12; iron; magnesium; zinc; L-arginine, an essential amino acid, chasteberry, an herb that is thought to optimize ovulation; green tea, and selenium.
  • Your fertility signals use them to achieve or avoid pregnancy naturally — Merryl Winstien.
  • Ovulook — Ovulation lens (tester)