Fertility Awareness

Fertility awareness-based methods - or natural family planning - are all about tracking your menstrual cycle to determine the days that you can get pregnant. The tricky part is actually knowing when those days are. To do that, you’ll need to pay very close attention to your body and its patterns. Here we list all the different ways you can monitor your day-to-day fertility.
 

TYPES OF FERTILITY AWARENESS

STANDARD DAYS METHOD (SDM)

If your menstrual cycle is between 26 and 32 days long, you can use this method to record your periods and determine when you can’t get pregnant.

TWO DAY METHOD (TDM)

This is another method where you observe cervical secretions to see when you’re fertile.

CERVICAL MUCUS METHOD

Your body secretes a distinct kind of body fluid when you’re most fertile. This method is all about observing your cervical mucus.

BASAL BODY TEMPERATURE (BBT)

Use this method to chart your body temperature every single morning to determine whether or not you’re ovulating.

SYMPTOTHERMAL METHOD

There are many signs that communicate when you’re fertile and this method tracks several of them at once, including how open your cervix feels.

LACTATIONAL AMENHORREA METHOD (LAM)

Breastfeeding naturally suppresses fertility. This method works if you’ve just had a baby and are breastfeeding in a very specific way.

Real Stories


These videos will give you a sense of some people's personal experiences using this method. They are not meant to be understood as medical facts, and your experience may differ.

Building Healthy Futures:

The Campaign to Prevent Unintended Pregnancy in New York City sponsored by Planned Parenthood of New York City and partners

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