Avoid pregnancy (or get pregnant) without the use or hormones or invasive devices.
Yup, you read that right. You can avoid pregnancy — or achieve pregnancy — by getting to know your body.
If you’re struggling with mental health issues, your birth control may be an underlying culprit — it definitely was for me.
For years, I took birth control pills (which made me cranky and pudgy). Then, I got a copper IUD (which gave me painful, 10-day-long periods that led to anemia). Then, I discovered the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM).
Every day, I take my temperature and observe my cervical fluid to know if I have a chance of getting pregnant or not. And on the days that I can get pregnant, I use protection (a diaphragm along with natural spermicide).
If I ever want to have a baby, I can use the same signs from my body to determine the optimum time to conceive.
FAM gets confused with the Rhythm Method, which is why it has a bad reputation. However, when practiced properly, it can be up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
I’m blown away by the fact that so few women know the truth about FAM. You don’t need to be a slave to artificial hormones and invasive devices, and you don’t have to sacrifice effectiveness.
My Fertility Awareness Method Toolkit
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: This is considered the “bible” of FAM. It’s incredibly well-written, thorough, and easy to understand. The book provides detailed instructions for avoiding and achieving pregnancy.
Kindara: This is the free app I use to chart my cycle. There are several apps on the market, but this is the easiest to use (and the prettiest)!
Wink Thermometer: A high-quality basal body temperature (BBT) thermometer that integrates wirelessly with Kindara. It doesn’t beep, it’s gently backlit, it automatically stores and logs your data, and it’s one of the most accurate thermometers on the market.
Diaphragm: This is my personal choice for birth control on my “not safe” days. I got mine at my local Planned Parenthood. Diaphragms are getting harder and harder to find, but if you’re persistent, you can get one.
Contragel: An all-natural spermicide that I use in tandem with my diaphragm. You have to order it online, but it’s way better than putting chemicals in your body.