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Q&A ~ Charting Tips

Do We Alternate Ovaries, And, Acupressure for Ovary Pain

Posted on February 5, 2019 at 12:25 AM

Happy New Moon and Lunar New Year!

First for today, an acupressure tip.

If you have pain in your lower abdomen (whether it's in your ovaries during ovulation, or your uterus during menstruation), a great place to explore for tender points is right here at the base of the palm.

Feel around this circled area. Mo...

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Using Apps vs. the Justisse Method When You Have Irregular Cycles

Posted on October 8, 2018 at 2:50 PM

Why can't an app work for birth control when you have irregular cycles, but Fertility Awareness can?

(Read on, or if you'd like to hear me explain in a video," target="_blank">click here.)

The answer has to do with relying on prediction, versus real-time information. An app that calculates fertile days based on past cycle lengths and current Basal Body Temperature (BBT) – even o...

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There's No Such Thing as a Late Period

Posted on September 10, 2018 at 6:55 PM

See this New Moon Note on Youtube:

One of my favorite things about learning Fertility Awareness is the end of the confused anxiety, and confused hope, around waiting for a “late period”. This came up twice with my clients this month: One of them got her period 5 days l...

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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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PMS Headaches

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Question: Turns out my worst headaches are all after ovulation. They're not every day post-ovulation, but most. Always in my temples. So is it hormonal? What do I do about it?
Answer: Sounds like it's hormonal! Pre-menstrual headaches are common, and often related to the liver having trouble dealing with higher levels of hormones post-ovulation. The temples are a classic location for these PMS headaches due to "Liver Qi stagnation" (in Chinese medicine terms).

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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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Can I Get Pregnant While Breastfeeding Before My Period Has Come Back?

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Question: Is it true you can get pregnant while breastfeeding, even before your period has come back?


Answer: Yes. Ovulation (the release of an egg) is suppressed for some number of weeks or months after having a baby. Breastfeeding usually delays it longer. The length of time varies woman by woman, and pregnancy by pregnancy, but at some point, you will ovulate again. (More info below.*) If that egg isn't fertilize...

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When Can We Have Unprotected Sex?

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 9:20 AM

Question: When can I be sure about my chart and start having unprotected sex?


Answer: As long as you and your partner don't need the protection for STIs... then, when you're confident that you can recognize your fertile and infertile days. It's a personal thing, but usually, that takes 2 or 3 cycles. It can take longer, depending on your hormonal balance, and how it's going for you to integrate into your routine che...

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Bringing On a Late Period

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Question: My period is about 3 days late, and I'm tired of my PMS symptoms! What can I do to bring my period on?

It really depends why you aren't bleeding when you expect to. The most likely reason is that you ovulated later in this cycle than you are used to doing. For example, you're used to ovulating on Day 13 and getting your period after a 27-day cycle. If you ovulated on Day 17 this time, you'll probably...

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Condoms, Diaphragms and Pulling Out on Fertile Days

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Question: What do you think about using a diaphragm or condoms on fertile days?


It's a decent option for lowering your chances of getting pregnant on those days, as long as you're comfortable with the fact that any time you have sex (or genital contact) on fertile days, there is some chance of getting pregnant.


Avoiding genital contact on fertile days gives you that 99.6% effectiveness of the Justisse Method, and if you choose to switch to b...

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Chart to Know Your Fertile Days AND to Become More Fertile

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Question: I’ve been trying to get pregnant for a year and a half. Could I really have missed my fertile days every single time? Is learning when to time intercourse really going to change anything?


Answer: Let me answer this in two parts. 1) Timing is essential, and 2) Timing isn’t everything.


1)    Timing is essential.


We call a lot of days “fertile” using the Justisse Method. At least 4, ...

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Sperm in Pre-Come? Yep.

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Question: Are there really sperm in pre-come?

Short answer: Yes.

Longer answer: Yes. Not always, but often enough that if you don't want to get pregnant, you should have NO genital contact on a day when you saw cervical mucus, or you're within a "Count of 3."

We know there can be sperm in pre-ejaculate, or pre-come (the fluid that appears at the tip of the penis when a man is aroused but before he ejaculates), because wome...

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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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Why Should We Bleed?

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

The idea of only getting 4 periods a year with some of the new pills, or having no periods at all by taking the shot, doesn't seem right to me. I don't have any great reason other than the female cycle seems like something that shouldn't be interfered with. Are there any medical reasons to keep bleeding?


That is a great question. The ...

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How does Fertility Awareness Work for Birth Control and Getting Pregnant?

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Let's start this new Q&A section with the basics: What's Fertility Awareness? How does it work for Birth Control? For getting pregnant?

Fertility Awareness...

There are several methods of Fertility Awaren...

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