Track your cycle naturally with the Fertility Awareness MethodMay 11, 2022
The Fertility awareness method is Fertility awareness method (FAM) is a system of tracking and understanding fertility but it can be used to achieve or avoid pregnancy.
It is an effective non-hormonal form of contraception when understood and used correctly.
By tracking changes in body temperature, cervical fluid, or cervix changes (or all three) you can identify your fertile window. This may surprise you but it is only 6 days out of your cycle.
This window is due to the lifespan of sperm being 5 days and the lifespan of an egg being 24hrs.
So you have the 5 days up to ovulation and the day of ovulation as your fertile window.
You can use an app like Natural Cycles, Flo or clue and take your waking body temperature with a basal thermometer and track changes in your body temperature.
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Over time, these apps will read this and track changes to your temperature and give you an estimate of expected ovulation and your fertile window.
It is data collection on yourself coupled with awardees around your body which you can then use to avoid pregnancy or if trying for a baby have more accuracy with your fertile window.
If you are in your 30s and still want kids it's important for you to know you can ovulate, this method of non-hormonal contraception will really benefit you.
If you are also in your early 40s knowing your natural cycle will help you become better aware of changes to your cycle and the symptoms you experience to know when you are entering peri-menopause.
If you are currently on the pill or other forms of hormonal contraception but ready to come off then talk to your Gyno about your options.
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