Natural Birth Control & Fertility Awareness Education

Q&A ~ Charting Tips

What Your Cervix S.H.O.W.s

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 6:20 PM

I’m curious. How many of you are listening for what your cervix is saying?

It’s a fertility sign I usually don’t talk about until the second or third follow-up consultation. It’s in the Justisse Method Guidebook, and Taking Charge of Your Fertility, but it’s “secondary” to cervical fluid and BBT – so who’s using it? Comment or email and let me know!

I check cerv...

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Sensational Sensations

Posted on January 7, 2017 at 11:40 PM

Your cervical fluid tells you what you need to know in three ways: what it feels like when you wipe (“Sensation”), how far it stretches (“Consistency”), and what color it is (“Color”). I think most of us easily take note of Color and Consistency, but I want to remind you of the importance of Sensation.

First, a little review: Check Sensation when you are wiping with toilet paper. Pass the toilet paper over y...

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Morning After Mix-Up

Posted on September 30, 2016 at 11:50 AM


After you have unprotected intercourse, at some point, seminal fluid will come back out. Maybe later that day, or the next day, or even two days later. Maybe in your underwear or maybe while you're using the restroom.


If you're used to checking for cervical fluid, you've likely noticed that it's usually slippery, stretchy, and somewhat tran...

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Unusual Bleeding is Unusual

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 4:25 PM

New Moon greetings! This month, let’s clear up the idea of “unusual bleeding,” or bleeding that isn’t a true menstrual period.

We always consider days of “unusual bleeding” to be fertile, because bleeding that isn’t a true menstrual period can be associated with ovulation. But how do you know if a bleed is “unusual”? It’s up to you, really – trust your awareness of yo...

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Mood Matters

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 3:05 PM

It's the New Moon, and International Women's Day! One special event: Zahra Haji of Yoga Goddess’s ‪#‎notpsychoperiod‬ webinar party. Check it out by clicking here.

In keeping with Zahra’s theme of embracing and working in harmony with our hormonal cycles, I’d like to encourage you to note your mood on your chart. In the Justisse Method we have a ...

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Tampons and Fertile Days During Menstruation

Posted on January 7, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Question: If I use tampons during my period, can I still consider my first 5 days infertile?


Answer: Remember that it's not always all 5 days at the beginning of your cycle that are infertile. The days of Heavy and Moderate flow, when you know that you are having a true menstruation, are infertile. (In a true menstruation, the bleeding appears normal to you, and you saw all your normal signs of ovulation 9-16 d...

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When to Expect a Double Peak

Posted on December 9, 2015 at 2:35 PM

Sometimes I’m asked when to “expect” a Double Peak. Really, you always want to be alert for this possibility, especially if you’re avoiding pregnancy. It’s more likely during times of stress, illness, or hormonal change, but don’t count on those to be the only times. (If you want a reminder of what a Double Peak is, scroll to the bottom of this post.)

If you’re following the Observational Routine and the rule...

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Fertile Mucus Does NOT Always Look Like Egg-White

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 4:50 PM

 

We often hear about “egg-white mucus” for identifying the fertile phase and ovulation. Peak-type cervical mucus often does look like egg-white, BUT not always.

All cervical mucus is fertile. If you see cervi...

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Cervical Mucus on Light Days of Your Period

Posted on October 17, 2015 at 1:20 AM

Charting tip: On your “Light” and “Very Light” days of true menstruation*, you can check for and chart cervical mucus the same as any other time of your cycle. During days of “Heavy” or “Moderate” flow, you won’t be able to tell whether cervical mucus is being discharged. But on those days when your menstrual flow is light enough that you CAN check for cervical mucus, DO!

 

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BBT Rise 6 Days after Peak Day

Posted on August 26, 2015 at 12:10 AM

Question: If my BBT doesn't rise until 6 days after my Peak Day, when do I start considering myself infertile?

 

Answer: If you are doing all your cervical mucus observations and you confidently identify Peak Day, you can consider yourself infertile after your Count of 3. That is, infertile starting on Day 4 post-peak, as determined by cervical mucus. (This is presuming you've been charting for at least a few cycles a...

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Dryer Cycle after a Cold or Flu

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I am having a much longer and dryer cycle than normal. I was sick at the beginning of this cycle and I'm wondering how that may be affecting what I'm seeing or will see.

 

The typical way that stress and illness affect a cycle is to postpone ovulation. You may see an extended dry phase before the mucus phase begins and ovulation occurs, ...

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Where are My Dry Days? Continuous Cervical Mucus and BIP

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

One of the more confusing things a new charter can run into is continuous mucus. Continuous mucus isn't part of the classic mucus phase that goes with the approach of ovulation, but mucus that is present before or after this phase. Not really what we expect, right? Usually we consider any and all mucus that can be picked up off the tissue to be stuff that sperm can live in and stuff that means ovulation is approaching. 

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