This method is absolutely one of the coolest things that I do for my body (and I do some cool shit not gonna lie). So if you don’t know what FAM is, well girlfriend, you’re going to want in on this because it is going to blow your mind!
FAM stands for Fertility Awareness Method and it is essentially a method of contraception OR conception where a woman monitors various fertility signs during her cycle to determine her fertile window (aka the 5-7 day period she is likely to get pregnant)
This method is used to both prevent pregnancy and attempt to get pregnant (or just to keep up with your body).
If you’re like “okay but… does it ACTUALLY work?” – LET ME SPILL THE DEETS
I teach my gals the symptothermal method – meaning that they learn to track things like BBT (basal body temperature), CM (cervical mucus), and vaginal sensation
This method has been shown to have a perfect use of 99.4% and a typical use of 98.2%
So to give you a point of reference, the hormonal birth control pill has been shown to have a perfect use of 99.7% and a typical use of 91%
Flip that around – we’ve also got an incredibly helpful tool for GETTING pregnant as well. Some of my absolute favorite wins are when my clients who were trying to conceive send me a pic of those positive pregnancy tests *cue the tears*
Aside from FAM being a great tool whether you’re TTC or TTA, it can also tell us a lot about our hormone health such as if we’re making enough progesterone or give us clues into your PMS symptoms.
Because I’m not hormonal birth control’s biggest fan—I get asked a LOT what I practice as a method of contraception, and FAM is it! We’ve been practicing this method for years and I’ve never felt more connected to my body or my cycle!
If you’re interested in learning more about FAM, join us in the Facebook group Intro to FAM Masterclass to learn everything you need to know to start practicing FAM!
Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.