fertility awareness

Cervical Mucus Charting: Billings Ovulation Method vs the Symptothermal Method

The Billings Ovulation Method is considered a “mucus only” method. It is one of the least understood methods due to it being instructor taught rather than self-taught. Many charters choose to teach themselves a symptothermal method through books and free online resources. Symptothermal methods teach a combination of basal body temperature, cervical mucus, and cervix …

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What is a Fertility Awareness Educator?

Fertility Awareness Educator, Fertility Awareness Instructor, Natural Family Planning Instructor, Natural Family Planning Teacher. Different names for the same thing. I get this question a lot from people who don’t know what the term “fertility awareness” means. If you missed my last post, you can read all about what Fertility Awareness is here! But what …

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Fertility Awareness Method vs. Natural Family Planning

There are a lot of different terms used to define what is commonly known as cycle charting, or fertility charting. The most common terms are Fertility Awareness Method and Natural Family Planning. Most people have heard of one or the other but don’t know what they actually are. Or what the differences are. I’m here …

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Troubleshooting Basal Body Temperature for Fertility Charting

“My basal body temperature isn’t reliable.” I hear this a lot, with a lot of different reasons following, depending on the person. Quite a lot of people give up on charting their temperature to identify ovulation. Most of the time they hadn’t tried any troubleshooting to figure out the problem first. Sometimes the answer is …

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When Mainstream Medicine Can’t Help: Finding a Fertility Friendly Doctor

“How do I find a doctor who… won’t push birth control on me?”will support my natural fertility journey?”understands or utilizes fertility awareness?”will help me with my hormones even if I don’t want to get pregnant?” I see these kinds of questions asked online every day. And today I’m going to answer them all for you! …

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Femometer Vinca 2.0 Review: Why it’s My Favorite Thermometer!

As a Fertility Awareness Educator, I like to experiment so I can educate others on all their options. I’ve tried lots of apps, and I’ve tried lots of basal body thermometers over my 4+ years of charting. I have settled on the Femometer Vinca 2.0 (formerly known as Vinca II) as my primary thermometer (yes, …

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Tempdrop Review: Is Tempdrop Worth it? A Review of the Most Popular Wearable Thermometer

DECEMBER 2022 UPDATE: As of December 2022, Tempdrop no longer retroactively changes temperatures. While this will improve some of the issues described below, it is still to be seen if it improves others. Although I did not know it as “Fertility Awareness”, I’ve known about cycle charting since 2008 when I discovered Fertility Friend while …

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