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

We Believe In You!

How to find a NFP friendly doctor

One of the most common issues NFP users face is finding a doctor who “gets it”. In fact most women don’t even expect that. When it comes down to it we really just desire a doctor who will respect our decision to use NFP when postponing a pregnancy rather than whatever artificial pill, patch, or barrier samples were left behind by the last pharmaceutical rep. to enter the building. This is no tall order. While it should be easy it … 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

Is SymptoPro Effective?

SymptoPro™ can be highly effective for couples who are avoiding or achieving a pregnancy. Couples who are taught well, understand the method, are clear about their family planning intention, and carefully follow all the rules for avoiding a pregnancy all the time will experience a 98 to 99.9 percent effectiveness rate. Couples who occasionally do not follow all the rules for avoiding a pregnancy will most likely experience a pregnancy rate similar to condoms and other barrier methods of family … Continue reading

How does SymptoPro work?

Observations SymptoPro™ is a Sympto-Thermal method of NFP based on changes in a woman’s cervical mucus, waking or resting temperature, and cervix (optional). Mucus: The woman performs a tissue observation before and after every voiding, observing the qualities of any mucus present. Additionally, she is aware of her vaginal sensations throughout the day. Temperature: The woman takes her temperature upon waking every day. Cervix: An optional sign, some women find this additional information helpful. A cervical check may be performed … Continue reading