Since [working with Mira] I have experienced more freedom in sex and a deeper connection to my own cycles. ~ L.S.
The Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) is best understood as a practice or lifestyle choice. The simple daily act of charting your cervical fluid and waking temperature (basal body temperature) deeply shifts your relationship with your body and it’s natural cycles. FAM has you to pay attention to your cervical fluid throughout the day–to notice its quality, quantity, and characteristics. It has you record your basal body temperature upon waking each morning, track other secondary signs throughout the day, and then record your findings each evening. Whether you take my Know Your Cycle Workshop or choose private instruction, I will teach you how to properly collect this data, how to record it in personalized fertility charts and how to then interpret them. FAM is an empowering technique in a culture where we mostly rely upon outside sources in order to connect with and understand the internal world of our body. The information contained within your cycle charts provides a window into your sexual health and overall well-being.
Is FAM appropriate for you?
Anyone who is cycling–single, partnered, and of every sexual orientation–can benefit from Knowing Your Cycle. Even if you aren’t interested in using FAM as a form of birth control or conception support (see FAQs), learning your natural rhythms can bring you closer to yourself, leading to a more trusting and connected experience of being in your body.
For anyone wanting to conceive, FAM will support you by giving you the ability to recognize your fertile signs and identify when you have ovulated (each cycle). If you’re having difficulty conceiving, practicing FAM can help you to understand the root of the issue and guide you towards resolving it.
FAM as a method of birth control is wonderful for people who are committed to the daily practice, and who are looking for a safe, effective, chemical-free, affordable means of contraception. FAM is also a great way for partner(s) to take an active part in pregnancy prevention. For those concerned with STI prevention, please note that FAM must be used in concert with a barrier method.