What is fertility awareness?
Simply put, Fertility Awareness is a lifestyle choice that involves tuning into the body’s daily fertility signs.
What are Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABMs)?
FABMs take it a step further. They offer tools for observing and charting daily fertility signs which can assist the user in achieving their reproductive health goals. Be advised that not all FABMs are equally effective! Predictive apps and devices may be convenient but they are not as effective as observation-based methods.
what is the symptothermal method (STM)?
The Symptothermal Method is an observation-based practice that involves charting the body’s daily fertility signs, including cervical fluid, basal body temperature and changes to the cervix. Furthermore, users are equipped with a set of guidelines to assist them in making informed decisions on timing of intercourse based on their goals. One reputable study found that the STM is between 99.4-99.6% effective in preventing pregnancy with perfect use, and is 98.2% effective with typical use. The efficacy rates observed in this study are in major part attributable to the high level of FA education that its participants received.
WHO CAN USE FABMS?
Anyone with the capacity to cycle can learn to chart! Your cycles to do not have to be “regular” to use this practice. Whether breastfeeding, coming off of hormonal birth control or entering the peri-menopausal years, the practice can be adapted to fit the user’s unique lifestyle, needs and goals. While the STM might not be the best form of contraception for everyone, observing daily fertility signs can give incredible insight into your hormonal health. From menarche to menopause and everything in between, cycle charting can serve you in being the expert of your own body.
Observe. Chart. Decide.
Safe, effective birth control is at your fingertips.