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Would you like to join the many women who are now caring more naturally for their intimate health? Choose the method that will best fit your need and lifestyle. Then find a class near you by contacting one of the instructors listed for the method you selected.

The following information is only for education on fertility awareness-based methods and not a medical recommendation. Please refer to each method’s website to make an informed choice.

Medical considerations: if your goal is to get help with women’s health issues such as PMS, cysts, irregular bleeding, infertility, recurring miscarriages, we recommend the Creighton Method or FEMM. These are highly individualized and methodical approaches for learning to chart, which, with the help of an instructor and/or medical professional, can assist in diagnosing and treating health conditions.

If you’re trying to avoid or achieve pregnancy:

  • Are you someone who has a fairly regular morning routine and likes the simplicity of technology? The Marquette Model uses ovulation test kits and electronic fertility monitors to measure reproductive hormones in the urine.
  • Are you someone who likes a regular morning routine, and more assurance about what’s going on with your body? The Couple to Couple League’s Sympto-thermal method is a good fit because it involves reading two signs every day: temperature and mucus. It’s taught by couples who practice it, which makes it a great way to understand a couple’s perspective on how to implement this approach.
  • Are you someone with a more flexible morning schedule? The Ovulation Method mainly checks the mucus, which can be done any time of day. Three main groups teach it:

The following organizations teaching fertility awareness-based methods have been selected by Natural Womanhood because they are evidence-based, equip women to read her body’s unique signs of fertility, and teach more than a technique. They also offer guidance to couples on how the method can enrich their relationship. The links below will lead you to their national directory of providers where you can find a teacher. If you’re looking for a teacher in San Antonio area click here.

Billings Ovulation Method 

Billings Ovulation Method™ teachers offer individual, confidential assistance either face-to-face, or via their telephone or internet teaching service. BOM has an extensive international network of instructors.

Creighton FertilityCare 

Learning the Creighton Model System consists of an Introductory Session and a series of follow-up teaching sessions (8 the first year, then 1 every 6 to 12 month). The system is tailor-made for use by each individual couple through a series of teaching sessions conducted with a trained FertilityCare™ Practitioner or FertilityCare™ Practitioner Intern. These teachers are trained in a 13-month Allied Health Education Program that is designed to help them meet the client’s particular needs.

Couple to Couple League 

The Couple to Couple League teaches the Sympto-thermal Method and offers three options: live onsite classes, live online classes, and self-paced online classes. Their live course consists of three classes spaced about one month apart. The fees for live classes include personal chart review & consulting with a Teaching Couple, a Student Guide, a digital basal thermometer, a chart booklet, one year of CCL’s award-winning magazine, Family Foundations, and a book: Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition by Marilyn M. Shannon. Teachers are trained extensively and practice the method themselves.

Family of the Americas

Individual classes. Materials are available in several languages including Spanish and Vietnamese, and include the use of a simplified system of color stamps and stickers. Couples are encouraged to attend instruction as early as four to six months before marriage. Follow-up chart reviews may be scheduled twice a month for the first three months and as needed until the user understands the application of the Ovulation Method.

Marquette University Method 

The Marquette Method, a highly effective sympto-hormonal method of charting, is available for instruction online and supported with an online forum where you can get answers to your questions. This method uses an electronic fertility monitor (such as ClearBlue) to measure hormones levels at home, together with observations of cervical fluid, basal body temperature, or other biological indicators of fertility. Classes can be found here and here.

FEMM

Fertility Education & Medical Management (FEMM) offers a user-friendly charting app, charting instructors, and medical support for teens and women.

NFP International

Provides an online study course of NFP and a method called Ecological breastfeeding a widely used method  of breastfeeding to postpone pregnancy.

SymptoPro™ Fertility Education from Northwest Family Services 

Northwest Family Services offers a network of certified SymptoPro™ providers in most US states. Learning options include in-person instruction as well as online self-paced learning. No matter how you choose to learn, you will receive free, ongoing support from your certified instructor for the rest of your reproductive life. Instructors are trained and fully equipped to handle any special circumstances a client may have.

NaProTECHNOLOGY (Natural Procreative Technology) is an innovation in women’s health science that monitors and maintains a woman’s reproductive and gynecological health. It provides medical and surgical treatments that cooperate completely with the reproductive system.

The Creighton FertilityCare Networks offers a network of affiliate medical consultants trained in identifying and treating the root cause of infertility and other womens’ health disorders using the Napro Technology approach.

FEMM is a women’s health program that teaches the link between hormones and health, and how to monitor hormonal and other vital signs of reproductive health. Their program includes medical management and protocols to treat reproductive health disorders.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing a list of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses who can help you address a number of cycle dysfunctions and women’s health issues by telehealth. These physicians are not only versed in fertility awareness-based methods, but they have also been trained to treat women based on an understanding of their cycle. Their approach of medicine is also called Restorative Reproductive Health because it aims at finding and treating the cause of cycle dysfunctions in order to restore healthy cycles and fertility.

Click here to find Doctors for Natural Womanhood, a list of medical professionals who believe in fertility charting and natural birth control as better medicine. They contribute financially to Natural Womanhood so that more women will be informed of their options.

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