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    • kyrski

      http://www.arhp.org/Publications-and-Resources/Quick-Reference-Guide-for-Clinicians/choosing/Fertility-awareness for reference. i am also an outlier candidate for using FAM, and i still have never had a pregnancy scare using it as a form of contraception. but when my husband and i switched gears & used it to try to conceive, we conceived the second cycle. if you are willing to put in the research and effort, this is a great method of contraception. but, if you don’t want to do all that entails ensuring its effectiveness, then yeah, your success rate drops. especially when you’re only relying on an app’s predictive algorithm instead of your BBT or cervical fluid. but really, this is no different than the birth control pill. if you’re not responsibly using them, their effectiveness drops.

    • kyrski

      if you are looking for an app that caters to those issues, kindara is a great one (i use it!). it has a wonderful community of women/people who are TTA, TTC, with no issues, to every issue you can think of. the premise of the app is that you track your cycles (including options for cervix positioning, temperature, cervical fluid), and you can customize your chart with your day-to-day life/schedule (for instance, you can add what vitamins/supplements/medications you take, if you exercise, if you overslept/didn’t get enough sleep, your mood, etc.), with the option to share your chart or keep it private. i have found that sharing my charts allowed other women to give me insight on why i was having irregular cycles (ranging from 28-37 days). a lot of these women have fertility issues, or are pretty familiar with them. there’s a great sense of community & solidarity on there.

    • kyrski

      if you want to stop using hormonal birth control, please do some research on FAM (fertility awareness method). it is NOT natural family planning/the rhythm method, because it is based and backed in/by science, and is secular. the first and best thing you can do for yourself is read the book “taking charge of your fertility” by toni weschler. it is an easy read, and very thorough with the methodology and tools you will need to independently track your cycles, whether you are trying to avoid conception or trying to conceive. PLEASE do not just download an app and think you are good to go. as with hormonal birth control, do your research and figure out if it is a good method for you. and, no one should be relying on FAM as birth control until they have been successfully tracking their cycles for at least six months, and can pinpoint their fertile/infertile days, ovulation shift, etc. this is how the rhythm method got such a bad rep, because it was based off the idea that every person has 28 day cycles (so not true) and that every person ovulates on day 14 (also so not true), so as you can imagine, many people who ovulate earlier or later than day 14, were having unprotected sex in their fertile windows and got pregnant. a lot of these period tracking apps and fertility apps still use an algorithm similar to the rhythm method timing. the fact is, so many things can contribute to a person’s cycle, which is why getting familiar and knowledgeable about FAM will help the user figure out what a “regular” cycle looks like for them, and they can have sex/abstain/use a barrier method accordingly.  fertility friday is a GREAT podcast for people wanting to learn more about FAM and reproductive health in general.

    • kyrski

      what is unhygienic about it? when you wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner, you are piling on SLS, parabens, parrafins, pthalates, petroleum, propylene, synthetic fragrances, etc. basically putting synthetic endocrine disrupting chemicals into your skin (your body’s largest organ btw), and on top of that, stripping the natural oils from your scalp and hair, thus causing you to rely on conventional shampoo/conditioner because your hair will begin to feel “greasy” when you go too long in between washes. i’m genuinely curious, what constitutes “bad hygiene” when you stop using commercial shampoo/conditioner and instead rinse your hair with water?

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