Did you know that without any hormones, prescriptions, or pills and with about a minute of effort a day, you could track your period and learn about your cycles? This information can lead to a more accurate prediction of your period as well as visibility into the fertility patterns of your cycle! I know what you’re thinking, that this sounds like the rhythm method where users look at a calendar and “guess” when their next period is. Not so fast! There are several different types of FABMs (fertility awareness based methods) which employ tracking different fertility indicators and have different rates of accuracy. At Kindara we recommend the symptothermal method which tracks the primary fertility signs of cervical fluid, basal body temperature (BBT), and the (optional) cervical position sign. Tracking these fertility signs will allow you to see patterns over time. It goes without saying that having an increased understanding of your cycle will allow you to make more informed decisions about your fertility!
Below are just a few of the benefits of charting your fertility.
Natural & Hormone Free – If you’re subscribing to Ellebox you’re conscious of your environment and don’t want any negative or harmful toxins or chemicals in your pads and tampons…but what about hormones? Good news! With FABMs, there are no artificial hormones to worry about – just the hormones created by your body.
Satisfies your inner self-quant nerd – The Quantified Self is the idea that by tracking things about your body you can live a happier and healthier life. Hardware devices like the Fitbit and Withings scale measure your daily activity and weight respectively so people can set and reach activity and weight goals – why stop there? Women who chart their fertility record their waking body temperature, cervical fluid viscosity and other data each day and over the course of each menstrual cycle get a detailed picture of their reproductive health – you can even track things like how your cravings relate to your cycle making this method the data nerd’s dream!
Affordable – To practice the symptothermal method, you’ll need a BBT thermometer (for a speedy accurate thermometer that syncs with Kindara and doesn’t beep, check out Wink!), and a chart or a charting app like Kindara. That’s it! Each day you’ll take your BBT and record it, and then sometime throughout the day, check your cervical fluid and your cervix position. Then, you’ll be able to see patterns in these signs that help recognize when you’re ovulating. Read more about pinpointing ovulation here.
Illuminating – By recording your daily fertility signs, a whole world of possibility opens up for you! While it’s true that fertility charting can be (and often is) used to achieve or prevent pregnancy, the benefits don’t stop there. Fertility charting can answer important questions about your ovulation, luteal phase, cycle health and more. Maybe you originally got on the pill because your period was irregular. It stands to reason that if you change nothing, and get off the pill, your period may still be irregular. If you chart your fertility and realize that your periods aren’t quite right, you can use that information to help identify issues with your doctor sooner rather than later. And the sooner the better, right?
To practice the symptothermal method (or any FABM), it’s important to learn about the method and make sure you understand the rules.it’s important to learn as much as possible about the methods, and understand the rules so you can select the method that works best for you! Check out the Kindara blog for more information to see if FAM might be right for you!
Some of this content was originally published in our knowledge base and has been updated