Fertility Journey Interview
Amount of time trying to get pregnant?: 6 months
What was your fertility journey prior to using FAM to conceive?: In the beginning of 2015 I got the "baby fever". My husband wasn't ready to start trying for a baby at that moment, but I decided to start preparing and I stopped taking the birth control pills after being on them for about 8 years. At that moment, I discovered that my cycles were very irregular. After a lot of research, I came across the Fertility Awareness Method and started practicing it. When we finally started trying for the baby, I was already using FAM.
What information and tips made the difference for you?: For me, the most important FAM tip is that women not necessarily ovulate on day 14 and that's completely normal. Unfortunately, on October 2015 I had a miscarriage. This event made my cycles extremely long. By understanding the different phases of CM I was able to pinpoint ovulation and was able to concieve again in February 2016, on cycle day 34. My baby was born in November. (And the best thing is that since I knew when I ovulated, my due date was pretty accurate).
What changes and benefits did you experience from having sessions with a FAM Holistic Fertility Coach?: It was great having someone look at my charts and answer my questions. Also, it was great talking to someone that knew what I was going through and knew what to say to make me feel better.
What is some advice you would give others going through their fertility journey?: If you are using FAM, read Taking Charge of Your Fertility and contact a FAM coach if you need help charting. I would also recommend using charting apps like Kindara because they have a wonderful community. These women have been of great support throughout my TTC, pregnancy, and now postpartum journey. Also, try things like acupuncture. This helped me regulate my cycles and also helped me relax.
And last but not least, have faith that it will happen. One way or another, you will be a mom.
Is there anything else you would like to add?: I think it's fascinating how much our bodies tell us day by day. FAM helped me understand my body and my cycles in a very logical way. And it's pretty cool to see those patterns in charts.
FAM as Birth Control then Conception Tool Success Story
"I started looking for a natural birth control option before my husband and I wanted to start trying for kids and stumbled across FAM. I read a ton on it but I'm not really the self-taught person and looked for instructors to help me.
That's when I found Justina and what a help she was! She made me feel more confident in charting my cycles so that when my husband and I did start trying for kids, I knew when I ovulated and we conceived the first month! We now have a beautiful little girl and I'm so thankful for Justina's help!"