• Cycles & Charting,  Uncategorized

    How to start charting your cycle

    The basic practice of charting your menstrual cycle is one of the foundations of the fertility awareness method. Charting is a way in which you can begin to take note each day of your cycle, and it brings an awareness to your day of what energy the cycle day is bringing to YOUR day. It also helps you keep track of your fertility biomarkers, such as cervical mucus and basal body temperature, so you can identify your fertile window and use the method to track your fertile window, for effective hormone free birth control or to get conceive easily. For more on how the fertility awareness method works as an…

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    When should I start using FAM?

    “I’m on hormonal birth control and I’m interested in switching to FAM. When should I start?” You’ve done your research, read the books, talked to other people who use FAM, and you’ve made up your mind that you want to give it a shot. Maybe you are on hormonal birth control, have been in the past, or have never been on it. No matter the situation, a question that comes up often in my DM’s and in Facebook groups that I am a part of, is when do I start charting?  Where to begin There are a couple things you will want to get in order before you make the…

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    How to talk to your community about FAM

    “So you’re using FAM, that’s the rhythm method, right? See you in 9 months when you’re pregnant!” It can be really challenging to bring up FAM with other people because of the misconceptions that surround FAM as to whether it is an effective method of birth control. Misconceptions stem from lack of awareness, minimal medical professional education on the physiology of fertility, the billion dollar pharmaceutical industry, and a culture that shames women for their sexuality and menstruality. Phew!   These misconceptions are the reason that you may feel others have negative feelings towards you using FAM as your method of birth control. I wanted to share some tips I’ve learned…

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    How does FAM exactly work?

    The fertility awareness method is an effective and natural form of birth control, but how exactly does it work? The biggest barrier to educating and informing women about FAM is that we aren’t raised knowing how our fertility and reproductive physiology works beyond knowing that we get a period. When we understand just exactly how we’re able to get pregnant, we can use that knowledge to avoid pregnancy as well. Ovulation is the main event We wouldn’t get our period if we didn’t ovulate. Ovulation is the event in the middle of the cycle that triggers the next steps in order for us to get our period. This is because…

  • Cycles & Charting

    Wandering FAM

    In the last 12 months (at the time of this blog article), my day job has taken me all over the province and the country. I am really fortunate to see places in my province that not many people are able to see. As a natural homebody, I’ve become an expert at taking my home with me wherever I go. This also means taking FAM with me wherever I go. I’ve received many questions on how to continue on with FAM when travelling. There are many of posts about how to keep charting while you travel, but I wanted to give my own perspective on this.  There is the practical…

  • Cycles & Charting

    Working with a FAM Instructor

    Are you on the fence about finding yourself a FAM instructor? It makes sense! There is so much out there nowadays to teach yourself FAM. From books to podcasts, there are so many ways to learn. When I first learned how to chart my cycles and to use fertility awareness, I learned from a NFP (Natural Family Planning) instructor. This was before I knew anything about FAM. After I took the class, I delved into any book, podcast or blog post I could find on the topic. For some women, they are able to teach themselves fertility awareness and successfully avoid pregnancy. For others, especially those with irregular cycles or…

  • Cycles & Charting

    How I became a FEMM Instructor

    Back when I first learned fertility awareness, I was lucky enough to learn from an instructor. I remember the class vividly, It was a February morning in 2016, and about six of us were gathered in a conference room. I had a vague idea about how fertility awareness could be used for birth control, but as the class started I slowly learned how little I knew about fertility awareness and about even more, about my body. My first aha moment was that I ovulated every month! And further, up until then, I had no idea it was happening. I didn’t even really give my fertility a second thought. I thought…