Starts September 2021
Back by popular demand - the fertility awareness method online group course.
Learn the wisdom and magic of your cycles.
As an NFPTA registered teacher of the fertility awareness method, I will show you how to use this reliable method of natural contraception to gain a new understanding of your body so that you can have body literacy like never before.
Learn the fascinating side of sex - ed that you were never taught at school to really get to grips with your menstrual cycle and the wisdom that it can reveal to you.
This online course has 6 lessons over 12 weeks.
This course will cover everything you need to know to begin charting, from the anatomy of both the male and female body to the hormonal dance that is performed each month.
The sympto-thermal method of fertility awareness is as effective at preventing pregnancy as the birth control pill.
The human reproduction study found that this method, when followed correctly has a rate of >99% efficacy as a contraception.
Using the fertility awareness method is easy once you know how. It avoids synthetic hormones and the disruption they can cause to wellness, and doesn`t require invasive surgery for you or your partner.
The fertility awareness method is your answer if you are struggling with your current contraception and are looking for a gentle and reliable alternative. It will also give you a greater understanding your body`s amazing rhythms.
This course will be in a small group ( no more than 6) on Zoom and will stretch over 12 weeks. This allows me to work with you over your first 3 cycles. We will meet at 7pm (London time) each lesson as follows:
Week 1 - ~ 2hours - 8/9/21
Week 2 - ~2 hours - 15/9/21
Week 3 - ~2 hours - 22/9/21
Week 4 - ~1 hour - 29/9/21
Week 8 - ~1 hour - 27/10/21
Week 12 - ~1 hour - 24/11/21
If you have recently had a baby and are in your postpartum stage, or are in your peri-menopause years where cycles are becoming less regular, the fertility awareness method is available to you, but this course is not for you. or in the case of postpartum care, wait until your cycles become regular again before purchasing the course. You can contact me for an individual lesson tailored to your unique life stage.
You will need to buy a good quality digital thermometer that has two decimal places. This means that there should be two numbers after the decimal - eg 36.56 degrees.
You should also know that this course is written by a UK instructor and so all temperatures are written in Centigrade, not Fahrenheit.
You need to be available for all the dates set.
The word "Menopause" actually means - Final Period. The part of your life where you are menopausal is actually after your periods have stopped and should be a time where you start to feel pretty human again.
The turbulent times that some people experience leading up to their last period is actually known as perimenopause and is a time frame that can last anywhere between 2 - 12 years before your final period.
Perimenopause is a bit like going through puberty again. Very often, if you have children, one of your children in your house will be having their first puberty as you are going through your second. The universe is very good at planning things like this. One level of thinking about this coincidence is so the parent and child can empathise and support each other with their transitions better.
The reason that I say it is like a second puberty is because the hormone levels are so similar to the first puberty you went through. The difference is that this time, instead of starting this transition as a child, going through puberty and coming out the other side into your reproductive years, hormonally, you will now do this in reverse. You will come out of your reproductive years and finish with similar hormone levels to when you were a child. That`s not a bad thing! Remember how life was much simpler and you were generally pretty happy as a child? You had stable hormones, which are a great thing to look forward to.
Take a look at this diagram:
You can see the similarity can`t you. The child and the menopausal woman have low and stable levels of progesterone with mild bumps of oestrogen, and the teen is similar to the perimenopausal woman in terms of progesterone levels. It is during this final stage of menstruating that oestrogen has a grand finale and goes wildly high between dips, like a grand finale of the orchestra of hormones reaching great crescendos, or a rather haphazard firework show to finish off the reproductive years. It is that fluctuating level of oestrogen and the combined falling progesterone that causes all those crazy symptoms you may be familiar with.
Whilst it is absolutely normal and to be expected to have these high and low oestrogen moments, the reason that some women suffer more than others can be down to oestrogen rising even higher than the graph above. It can also be to do with levels of inflammation in the body.
Perimenopause itself can be divided up into sections:
During this stage you may start to notice small changes to your cycles and even to your mood and energy levels. Your breasts may get more tender and you may get a few headaches or start to suffer with disruptions to your sleep. You may notice weight being layed in places you previously didn`t have to worry about, or it difficult to lose weight.
Your menstrual cycles may shorten slightly, but only by a few days. During this time, you may have less progesterone than before but an increase in oestrogen. This can cause heavier periods and more pain than you previously had.
It is during this stage that you might start to encounter hot flashes and night sweats. This is because you still have the lower progestorone and fluctuating oestrogen as before, but now your oestrogen is dropping lower than previously. During this time, you will notice more variation in your cycle length. Cycles could vary each month as much as 7 days or slightly more. You may still have many of the symptoms from stage 1
You will begin to skip periods during this phase, so a 60 day cycle or more is normal. Night sweats and hot flashes can get pretty intense during this phase as oestrogen continues to drop very low in between peaks. The peaks mean that you may still have to deal with some heavy periods but your breast pain may start to ease.
This is the stage that starts with your final period. You are in this stage for 12 months after having your final period. After that.... congratulations! You will graduate to a freer and more liberating stage of your life, known as menopause.
During this time your body has got to get used to having continued lower oestrogen. It might be a little bumpy to start with but it will ease up and iron out as you move through this part of your life. If you get a sudden and unexpected period within these 12 months, you have to start counting again. Be careful with whichever method of contraception you use during this time. Unexpected and unplanned pregnancies can occur.
I LOVE teaching the fertility awareness method to couples. It is a way of understanding your cycles and knowing where you ovulate so that you can either avoid or plan a pregnancy. As a contraception, the world health organisation states that it is more than 99% accurate as a contraception. That`s the same as the birth control pill but without the nasty side effects
The method involves taking your basal body temperature with a digital thermometer each morning, which needs to be done before you get out of bed and start moving about. It also needs to be taken at the same time each day, although there are some easy calculations that you can do to account for any weekend lie-ins or early starts.
The fertility awareness method is a reliable method of contraception if used properly. It is often confused by some people with the old "rhythm method" which was highly dubious. Fertility awareness is COMPLETELY different and based on scientific fact, not estimations. As well as recording your temperature, It uses other symptoms of the female body such as monitoring cervical mucous and the position of the cervix.
Hormonal contraception pitfalls
The birth control pill is known to cause huge health implications. The hormones used are synthetic - that means that they are made in a laboratory somewhere. Whilst they are effective at controlling unwanted pregnancies, the hormones are depleting your body of vital nutrients and contribute to life-long conditions later down the line.
The oestrogen and progesterone that our bodies makes have other functions across our physiology other than just supporting the reproductive system. Oestrogen is vital for bone health and cardiovascular function amongst many other functions, and progesterone is essential for our mood and cognitive balance amongst other reasons.
Synthetic hormones do not offer the same health benefits. The only thing they are good for is stopping unwanted pregnancies.
It is common for a woman to have been on the contraceptive pill for many years and then after menopause discover that she has osteoporosis. The lack of natural oestrogen has contributed to poor bone health.
Not only this, but hormonal contraception is known to deplete B vitamins, Zinc and other nutrients which are vital for health.
What are the advantages of using the Fertility Awareness Method as a contraception?
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