"Fertility awareness method" is a sympto-thermal birth control option that relies on tracking the body’s fertility signals, including changes in basal temperature, cervical fluid, and the cervix itself. By paying attention what is happening in our bodies, we learn what's normal for us, what a healthy cycle looks and feels like, what cervical fluid is and what it means (it's normal!) and how our cycles and reproductive health represent a fifth vital sign (h/t these amazing folks) communicating our overall wellness. This is the information we should have learned in health class.
For those who are concerned about the health, emotional, and environmental impacts of hormonal and other forms of birth control, or anyone seeking to maximize their chances of pregnancy, fertility awareness is a fantastic method. Side effects include greater knowledge of your body, increased communication with your partner, and empowered self-care. And FYI, it is NOT the rhythm method.
I run private and group workshops on fertility awareness that equip students with the tools they need to understand what is happening in their bodies, recognize when they are fertile, and how to apply this knowledge to minimize or maximize chances of pregnancy.
If you're coming to this with disrupted cycles and hormone imbalance, we can also work together to bring your cycles into balance using herbs, food, and lifestyle shifts.