Christmas in July!

As a Fertility Awareness Educator, there's going to be some things that get me pretty excited that the average person may not totally understand.

Let me start at the very beginning...

Remember at the end of February 2014 when I was interviewed for the documentary Miscontraceptions by Cassie Wilson? (...which is now Cassie Moriarty... congrats Cassie!!!) Well, she's taking the short film around to festivals and I got to see it... she and her crew did an AMAZING job!!! (Think I'm exaggerating? It won the Tracy Awards for Best Writing, Best Director, AND Best Picture at Montana State University.) Not only did I love it, but younger women and older women and dudes liked it and laughed and thought it was really well done (and they're only in college... watch out world!)

When I watched the film, I was enthralled with the Sex Health Educator located in Bozeman, Montana that they also interviewed... Laura Mentch. I stalked ...I mean... I found her information on the internet and sent her an email saying I thought she did a great job and would love to meet her... she emailed back (yippee!) and said she was swinging through Denver in a few weeks. So we made plans and met for tea.


Laura is smart, passionate, and kind... I loved spending time with her and look forward to seeing her again soon. Because she's phasing out of teaching Fertility Awareness and doing more work around Cystic Fibrosis education, she asked if I would like the FA resources she's collected over the years. Would I like them? I would LOVE them!!!

That's when a lovely package arrived in the mail...

Hmmm... does this box contain "crack"???

Hmmm... does this box contain "crack"???

Yes! For a Fertility Awareness Educator!!!

Yes! For a Fertility Awareness Educator!!!

So I opened it up to find out what goodies Laura has saved throughout the years and sent to me. Lots of books and reading material about all things related to Fertility Awareness...

Merry Christmas to me on a hot day in July!

Merry Christmas to me on a hot day in July!

What was my favorite item? A book entitled The Modern Method of Birth Control which was published in 1935. Yes, it's about the out-dated Rhythm Method, but it was an important step toward the highly effective modern methods of Fertility Awareness. It's like having a piece of Fertility Awareness history!

There's even a nifty plastic calendar-wheel!

There's even a nifty plastic calendar-wheel!

So... thank you, Cassie, for making this documentary that connected me to Laura. And thank you, Laura, for entrusting me with your quasi-museum of FA material and helping to light my torch as a next-generation Fertility Awareness Educator.

If you want to know more about using Fertility Awareness to avoid pregnancy naturally, increase your chances of conceiving, or simply better-understand your body... keep perusing this website and see if a class or one-on-one consult is the next best step for you.

Do you have any "artifacts" of Fertility Awareness?


Bedsider is talking about Fertility Awareness!

"Fertility awareness techniques are not widely known, but they can be incredibly useful for birth control, for planning a pregnancy, and for gaining a better understanding of our own bodies." - Fertility Awareness: Birth control and beyond by Bedsider

Hooray for more discussions about Fertility Awareness!




*April 2, 2014 Update: see below…

PS - This Bedsider blog post says, ”…women have three basic ways to learn about their body’s fertility patterns: cycle tracking, cervical mucus, and temperature.” *And then later states, ”The most effective FAM in the real world is the Standard Days Method®.” I disagree, and the Standard Days Method and CycleBeads do not take into account cervical fluid and temps!

This review discusses the effectiveness rates for the highest quality studies of the various Fertility Awareness-Based Methods. The effectiveness rates for the Sympto-Thermal Method on the table in the blog (80-98%) are *inaccurate based on this study published in 2007 that reports the “real world” effectiveness of the STM to be over 98% (correct-use effectiveness is over 99%). 

The author of this blog post, “Victoria H. Jennings, Ph.D., is Director of the Institute for Reproductive Health and Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University.” Full disclosure… this is the same organization that developed and promotes the Standard Days Method and CycleBeads… which is evidence-based, but relies on mathematical calculations and statistics (cycle tracking only). 

All of the different Fertility Awareness-Based Methods certainly have a time and a place. As a Fertility Awareness Educator, I teach the Sympto-Thermal Method (an evidence-based method that relies on real-time data from observations of fertility signs - cervical fluid, temp, and cycle tracking) in classes and consultations in Denver, Colorado or via an online streaming Natural Birth Control class video

April 2, 2014 Update:

Today, Liz at Bedsider sent me an email saying that they looked into the outdated numbers in the blog post and worked with the team at Georgetown to make some tweaks. Bedsider is INVALUABLE and I’m so glad that they continue to provide “accurate, up-to-date information about all birth control options.”

I wanted to reach out and give her a virtual “high-five”!!!

So this is what they changed…

OLD: With typical use—our best information about how people use these methods in the real world—it’s 76-88%.

NEW: With typical use—our best information about how people use these methods in the real world—it’s 80-98%. 

REMOVED: The most effective FAM in the real world is the Standard Days Method®. Out of 100 women using the Standard Days Method for a year, 12 get pregnant.

The numbers in the chart were also updated and corrected. Thanks Bedsider :-)