Natural Birth Control & Fertility Awareness Education

Q&A ~ Charting Tips

5 Things Charting Can Do For You If You Have Irregular Cycles (Birth Control IS on the List!)

Posted on November 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Times are good for learning about your period and your hormonal health. Empowering truths about the menstrual cycle are replacing misconceptions in talks, articles, and everyday conversations. More and more people are discovering that they can choose to ditch the pill, the shot, and the IUD in favor of Fertility Awareness Based Methods of birth control (FABMs). But one major misund...

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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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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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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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Beware of Calendar Methods Predicting Ovulation / Fertile Days

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Fact: On most days of every cycle, you can't get pregnant.

Myth: You can predict which days these are ahead of time.

Beware of methods that tell you which cycle days will be fertile and infertile ahead of time. This includes the Rhythm Method, the Standard Days Method, and some of the Fertility Awareness apps that are available. If you use the Justisse Method, or another Ferti...

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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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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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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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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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