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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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: https://youtu.be/85lCx-LId9I


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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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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Food for Cervical Mucus and Kidney Jing?

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Question: I don't have a lot of cervical mucus, and my acupuncturist said it's because I don't have enough Kidney Jing. Any food advice?

 

Answer: "Jing" is a Chinese medicine term referring to "reproductive essence." We inherit it, and we can nourish it. Seeds, sprouts, nuts, and eggs are great choices (they support the "babies" of their species!). Also, seaweeds and algae. Being ocean foods, they're great for the Ki...

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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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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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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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