By Julie Cottle
About symptothermal natural fertility awareness
I have trained in the symtothermal method of natural family planning. This is a method which enables you to detect both the start of the time in your cycle that you may be fertile as well as the end of it.
When learnt properly and couples follow the rules strictly, it provides a very reliable method of both avoiding and achieving a pregnancy. It is not at all the game of chance many people think of when they think of natural family planning. It is based on sound science and thorough research. The best bit is, it is completely natural! No pills, injections or other unsexy, unhealthy stuff like IUD’s, condoms, diaphragms and spermicide. It is based entirely on the knowledge and awareness of your own body.
How does it work?
The sympto-thermal method is a natural method of fertility management based on observation of the signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of the menstrual cycle. Awareness of the fertile phase allows a couple to time intercourse either to avoid or achieve a pregnancy.
The method uses self observation of cervical mucous and the basal body temperature (BBT) and the cyclic changes of the cervix to determine the fertile phase of the cycle.
Mucous observation is used at the beginning of the cycle to determine that ovulation is likely to take place soon and the BBT is used to show that ovulation has taken place.
Who can use it?
Simple. Anyone. Regardless of length or regularity of your cycles, whether you are breastfeeding, coming off the pill or even going through menopause, you can use this method to predict when you’re fertile with a great degree of accuracy.
It takes two baby!
Female fertility depends on ovulation, which is the release of the egg from the ovary. The egg can only survive for 12-24 hours.
Male fertility is pretty much constant. Men always produce sperm. Given the right conditions sperm can hang around and wait for ovulation to take place for up to 5 days and still be able to fertilise an egg.
Your fertility as a couple
Conception is only possible when intercourse takes place around ovulation, when both a sperm and an egg can meet up.
The wet, clear, slippery, stretchy mucus that is usually produced close to ovulation helps the sperm to survive and to transport it through the cervix. This type of mucus allows sperm to survive for up to 5 days, which means that you could get pregnant if you have intercourse up to 5 days before you ovulate!
Non fertile mucus tends to be a bit gluggy and acts as a barrier to stop the sperm from getting through the cervix. It is also more acidic, limiting the amount of time they can survive to around 12-24 hours. This type of mucus occurs after the egg has been released so you are far less likely to get pregnant having intercourse while you notice this type of mucus.
Some useful tools
My Fertility Charts– Track your fertility to understand your cycles, take advantage of the ovulation prediction feature. Enter data online or with your handheld device and synch it back to your desktop software. Highly recommended for anyone that is good at keeping records on their computer, smart phone or tablet. Apps are free, desktop version is free, basic online version is free with an option to get advanced premium features for a small fee.
Free chart analysis– If you’d like me to take a look at your charts to help with interpretation, just send me a quick email and we’ll get it happening.
Email me to request a free 1/2 hour chat by phone or Skype. This free call is for you to tell me what your health and fertility challenges are and to ask me any questions you have about how natural therapies can help you. If you decide we are a good fit and you think I can help you, I’ll send you some information about my fertility and preconception health coaching package. This is a no pressure call, simply an opportunity to connect with me and hopefully to gain some useful information. This opportunity is currently available within Australia only.
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