There are countless benefits to mapping your cycle!
Identify your Fertile Window
Predict when your next period will be
Time sex accurately for contraception OR conception, depending on your fertility goals
Identify underlying fertility/health challenges and receive the support you need
Understand the unique rhythm of your cycle so that you can plan your month to support YOU
Cycle Mapping is a highly effective Fertility Awareness Based Method (FABM), as taught by The Well School of Body Literacy. As a Sympto-Thermal Method (STM), Cycle Mapping relies on tracking your
Basal Body Temperature (BBT)
By tracking these innate fertility biomarkers, you can identify your Fertile Window, or the days in your cycle during which you can potentially conceive. Contrary to what many of us grew up believing, we are not fertile everyday! Typically someone who charts will be fertile about ¼ to ⅓ of the cycle, but that can vary if cycles are irregular.
The difference between Fertility Awareness Method and what many people think of when they think about ‘natural birth control’ (i.e. the Rhythm Method), is that Sympto-Thermal methods rely on daily observations that allow you to answer the question “Am I fertile?” each day, rather than relying on past cycles and calculations to predict future fertility, making it a highly effective method for contraception. The most comprehensive study we have to date gave the ‘SensiPlan’ STM a perfect user rate of 99.6/4% (depending on whether you abstain or use a barrier during the fertile window respectively). That’s a very high efficacy rate!
Fertility Awareness and The Fertility Awareness Method are not the same thing. Fertility Awareness is a lifestyle choice and self-care tool in the larger arena called Body Literacy that involves cultivating a relationship with one’s fertility. You may choose to practice Fertility Awareness at any phase of the reproductive life cycle, and doing so can help to support you with:
Optimizing your chances of getting pregnant
Transitioning off of hormonal contraceptives
Transitioning through life phases such as puberty, motherhood, menopause and beyond
Contraception during breastfeeding
Mapping your cycle empowers you to understand your body and advocate for the healthcare you deserve. Cycle Mapping can give you the knowledge to support health challenges such as:
Irregular or missing periods
PMS and emotional health during challenging cyclical phases
Food and environmental sensitivities
and so much more!
If you think that Cycle Mapping is for you, please consider participating in my upcoming course, Shakti Cycles, which will give you a comprehensive introduction to the technique of Cycle Mapping, and the innate wisdom of your body!