Fertility-Awareness Methods

Fertility-Awareness Methods2020-06-16T18:10:04+08:00

Main evidence-based FAMs available in Australia and New Zealand.

These 3 methods are all based on the primary indicator of fertility – cervical secretions; however, each method takes a different approach in reading and recording these biomarkers of fertility. Doctors trained in Restorative Reproductive Medicine can work with the information provided in charts of any of the FAMs.

Billings Ovulation Method®

In the Billings Ovulation Method®, the key to understanding fertility is noting what is seen and felt at the vaginal opening (vulva). Understanding this natural signal of fertility requires paying attention to the sensation the cervical mucus produces without the need to touch it or make an internal self examination.

When fertility begins, a woman can notice a change in sensation at the vulva which develops over the next few days. Any mucus seen is likely to become thinner and clearer and the sensation becomes wet and then slippery.

For more information visit:  www.thebillingsovulationmethod.org,  www.billingslife.org, www.billingslife.org.nz

The Creighton Model System

The Creighton Model System (CrMS) of FertilityCare relies upon the observation and charting of biological markers (including cervical mucus) that are essential to a woman’s health and fertility. While these biomarkers tell a couple when they are naturally fertile and infertile they also highlight any abnormalities that may be present.

It also combines natural fertility awareness with a medical treatment program (NaProTechnology) to help couples reach their full procreative health.

NaProTechnology refers to Natural Procreative Technology. It is an emerging medical science that works co-operatively with the body’s natural procreative cycles. This may include treatments such as hormonal support, ovulation induction, and targeted gynaecological surgery, and assiast in treatment of menstrual disorders and conditions such as infertility.

For more information visit: www.fccau.orgwww.naprotechnology.com

The Sympto-Thermal Method

The Sympto-Thermal Method is a multi-indicator method. It does not rely solely on the observation of the mucus changes to determine the fertile and infertile phases of the menstrual cycle. Clients are taught to observe and record their mucus sensations and characteristics as they are observed day by day throughout the cycle.

In addition, they are instructed to take their temperature upon waking every morning using a digital thermometer. These are the 2 primary indicators taught to STM clients when they begin the process of learning.

The mucus changes give a warning of the approach of ovulation.

The temperature has a bi-phasic pattern through the cycle and is used to confirm ovulation has occurred.

If it is requested by the client or if the situation suggests that it would be helpful then observation of the changes to the cervix is also taught.

Other indicators can be charted which give further confidence in identifying the fertile phase. These include, abdominal pain; spotting; mood changes, breast tenderness, changes in libido.

For more information visit:  www.acnfp.com.au,

Who Can Use These Methods

  • Couples having difficulties achieving a pregnancy

  • Couples who have experienced miscarriages or ectopic pregnancy

  • Women wishing to care for their own gynaecological health, including those with problems such as Pre Menstrual Syndrome, irregular cycles, unusual bleeding, polycystic ovarian syndrome, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, postnatal depression and other conditions

  • Couples wanting to learn about their fertility and plan their families

  • For more information see Benefits of Fertility-Awareness.