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Fertility Awareness Method FAQs

Is FAM a good method for everybody?

No, not as a method of birth control. It is only appropriate for those women who have the discipline to learn the method well, and then to follow the rules once they have internalized them. In addition, it is only recommended for monogamous couples, given the danger of HIV and other STDs.

However, as a method of pregnancy achievement, it is highly advised as the first step that every couple should take to maximize their chances of conception, and to determine if there may be anything impeding their ability to get pregnant. In addition, Fertility Awareness can be very effective in helping couples plan the timing of their baby's birth.

FAM is also highly beneficial for all cycling women who simply want to educate themselves about their own bodies. So even if you have no interest in using the method for avoiding or achieving pregnancy, it is an empowering means of taking control of your gynecological health.
 

Is FAM better for someone avoiding pregnancy or for someone trying to get pregnant?


I personally think a more appropriate question should be: what women would not benefit from charting her cycle? The Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) is an incredibly liberating and effective method of understanding your fertility on a day-to-day basis, whether or not you need contraception or an aid to pregnancy achievement. It also happens to be a wonderful tool for maintaining your gynecological health.

As an empowering method of natural birth control, women from all over the world have been drawn to FAM simply because it is free of the chemicals associated with hormonal methods such as the Pill. Just as importantly, it allows them to minimize the time that they need to use the chemicals and hardware that makes other methods unpleasant, impractical, or unspontaneous.

And as an aid to pregnancy achievement, the Fertility Awareness Method should always be the first step in the pursuit of pregnancy. When trying to get pregnant, dispense with all the misinformation well-meaning friends and clinicians seem to perpetuate. Charting your cycle will allow you to finally take control and understand not only when you are most fertile in any given cycle, but what impediments you may have to achieving pregnancy.