TED Talk: Own your Body’s Data

Check out this great TED talk on how your body’s data can empower you to better advocate for yourself and partner with your medical care providers in making the best decisions possible for YOU!  

The Postpartum Conundrum

The postpartum return to fertility can be a particularly confusing time for the NFP user.  Many statistics and general guidelines are given for the typical return to fertility timeline.  But as women we aren’t generalizations, we are unique individuals. I’m not implying that statistics aren’t important; they absolutely are.  But it’s important to take a close look at your unique situation to decide where you fit within the curve. This will help determine what you can most likely expect in … Continue reading

Top 10 Tips for Natural Family Planning Newbies

Just START charting! Once you know the basics of how to chart your fertility signs just start doing it! Even if you aren’t certain you are doing it correctly to begin with just chart as completely as possible and look to your instructor for guidance. In no time at all you will be able to compare each day/month and descriptions will get more and more accurate. You just need to start! Forget what you’ve been told – The whole 28 … Continue reading

Can your body try to Ovulate several times a cycle?

Question: I’ve had on-and-off patches of what looks like very fertile cervical fluid, no temperature rise, and my cervix has also not been super-helpful. Is it possible for your body to keep gearing up for ovulation, and then keep not doing it? I have been stressed….could that be effecting things? Could it be something else? What could cause this? Short Answer: Yes. It is entirely possible to see signs of fertility multiple times during a cycle as your body “gears … Continue reading

Top 10 Tips for Taking your Basal Body Temperature

If you use a sympto-thermal method (STM) of Natural Family Planning, like SymptoPro, it’s likely you include the temperature sign in most if not all of your charts. Some women find that it takes a very significant change from their daily routine to give them an out of range temp, while others find their bodies to be much more fickle, having difficulty securing reliable temps if even the slightest variation occurs. Of course most of us probably fall somewhere in … Continue reading

Is this menstruation or breakthrough bleeding?

Question: I haven’t had any sign of ovulation this cycle. I didn’t really have normal fertile mucus, was drying up on cycle day 25 and then on cycle day 30 I had some spotting. It was bright red at first, then dark red/brown. Now it’s bright red again. The flow is either very, very, very light or it’s spotting. Could this be menstruation? I’m so confused. Short Answer: If there’s no confirmation of ovulation, it’s not true menstruation. Treat it … Continue reading

My mucus is very scant, is there any way to help it improve?

Question: I’m having a very difficult time noticing cervical mucus during my cycles. Is there anything I can do to help this? Short Answer: There are a number of things you can do to try and help increase your cervical mucus. If you are currently working with an instructor it’s important to note anything you try on your chart so you have the whole picture when it’s time for your next chart review. Long Answer: While there are a range … Continue reading