Day 29 - Learning to Chart Your Fertility: Is an Instructory Necessary?


This week we have heard from multiple women and how they have personally benefited from charting their fertility.

I hope you have learned from these women that charting your fertility can give you so many benefits to your fertility health.

A Few of the Benefits of Fertility Charting:

  • Knowledge about your body
  • 100% safe and healthy method of family planning
  • Can help identify fertility issues
  • Can be used as a medical tool to diagnose and treat fertility issues

If you want to learn a fertility awareness method, you are blessed to have multiple to choose from.  The main methods are the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, the Billings Ovulation Method, the Sympto-Thermal Method and the Marquette Method.

I am only an expert in the Creighton Model so I will not speak to what is involved in the other methods.  You can check out this great post at Natural Womanhood for more information about all the methods of fertility awareness.

Once you have chosen the method that best fits you, your lifestyle and your personality, you need to start learning that method.  There are multiple options for learning such as from a book, online or through an Instructor.

Most Instructors will agree that the BEST way to effectively learn a Fertility Awareness method is through a trained teacher of the method you have chosen.

Why an Instructor is Beneficial

  • Accurate Instruction

It can be convenient to learn from a book.  But, a book can’t always answer all your questions.  A trained instructor knows the ins and outs of the method they teach and can answer all your questions.  This allows for the method to be taught correctly so that you can be confident in yourself and your charting.

Accurate instruction from a trained instructor means that you know exactly what instructions need to be used to achieve the highest effectiveness rate for either avoiding or achieving pregnancy.

  • Accountability

I know for myself if I have to answer to someone about my charting, I tend to do a lot better about making my observations.  Having an instructor keeps you accountable to using your method according to the instructions your teacher has given you regarding your fertility situation.

Working with an Instructor allows for individual follow-up and accountabiliity that you cannot get from a book or a website.

  • Support

We live in a culture that loves its birth control.  It can feel like you are all alone in choosing a natural form of family planning.  Your instructory is there to provide support.  Also, if you are struggling with your cycles and your observations, your instructor is there to assist you in any way they can.

They can support you as you begin to learn how to navigate your fertility signs and chart them.  They can provide guidance and correction if necessary so that you know you are using your method correctly and therefore effectively.

  • Encouragement

It isn’t always easy using a fertility awareness method of family planning.  This can be true if you are dealing with post-partum cycles, irregular cycles, PCOS, infertility and more.  Your Instructor can provide you with guidance and encouragement as you come off birth control which can be a big leap for some women.

Your instructor is there to encourage you in those difficult charting situations and help guide you through them.  These difficult charting situations are when you especially need a trained Instructor to work with you to make sure you are charting your fertility signs and managing your chart correctly.

Most instructors have personally experienced some difficult charting situations themselves and so can give you the right guidance for your fertility situation.

Regardless of what method of Fertility Awareness you choose, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to learn from a trained Instructor.  Trained Instructors can provide expertise and personal experience that go beyond anything you could learn in a book or website.

Also, most all the Fertility Awareness Method Instructors offer virtual learning so if you are not able to meet in person, you can meet an Instructor from the comfort of your own home.  So, it is easy to find an option that is convenient for you.

Don't forget to Share with others.  If you missed the last 3 weeks of Nutrition, Exercise or Stress Challenges or this week's posts on Charting, you can find them on the 31 Day Fertility Care Challenge Pinterest Board.