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.
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.
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.
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.