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  • FEMM, FAM, & NFP... Who, What, Why?

    You're already confused about Fertility Awareness vs. Natural Family Planning and now FEMM is a new acronym you've got to learn!? What in the.... Welcome, friend. You've come to the right place for an explanation. So maybe you're new to the whole fertility awareness movement, or maybe it's old hat. Either way, you're not sure what the difference is between fertility awareness (based) methods (FAM/FABM) and natural family planning (NFP). Not to mention having no clue about FEMM! Let me explain... Fertility Awareness (Based) Methods “Your menstrual cycle is not something that should be shrouded in mystery.” Toni Weschler #FAM or #FABM is simply a blanket term for natural methods of birth control that utilize a woman's normal cycle patterns to determine fertile and infertile times of the month. Underneath that blanket term fall many methods, some more complicated than others. The most basic methods of FAM simply use #cervicalmucus to determine fertility. Others include the tracking of #BBT (basal body temperature), while still others use #OPKs (specific, timed hormone testing) via urine as well. Yes, it can make you feel like you're at a high school science fair... but that's not the point. The point is all these methods have different protocols that must be followed in order for them to be their most effective. Natural Family Planning #NFP is yet another blanket term that covers a variety of methods, all with different protocols and rules to be followed. Many people associate NFP with the Catholic faith. One of the reasons is because the Catholic Church does not condone the use of artificial birth control (including, but not limited to, barrier methods, hormonal birth control, and withdrawal). Those that use the term NFP often presuppose that you use abstinence during the fertile window if you wish to avoid creating a cute little bundle of joy that pees and pukes and changes your world forever. The effectiveness rates of NFP methods are based on the rules that promote this abstinence. Incidentally, those same effectiveness rates and rules apply to FAM as well. The term FAM is just more often used in the secular world whereas the term NFP is more often heard around religious folk. Just remember, when you deviate from using abstinence during the fertile window and instead turn to other methods of birth control (barrier methods, withdrawal, etc), you are no longer relying on the effectiveness of FAM/NFP for avoiding a pregnancy (should that be your goal). You are, instead, relying on the effectiveness of whatever form of birth control you choose to use during that fertile time. Finally, what on earth is FEMM? “Fertility Education and Medical Management” #FEMM is a comprehensive women's health program that promotes the dignity of all women by educating them on their #reproductivehealth so they can make informed healthcare decisions. After all, how can you be an advocate and a lead player in your healthcare journey, if you don't know what the heck your body is meant to do, let alone when something's going wrong? FEMM has their own protocol and set of rules to use as FAM/NFP. They rely primarily on cervical mucus checks and LH testing during the fertile window to determine a woman's fertility and Peak Day (the day of assumed ovulation). It's an incredibly easy protocol to learn and implement in your daily life! FEMM also does research, trains teachers and doctors, and provides testing and treatment based on their protocols. Not only that, but they have a beautiful app that stores all of your data and even reminds you to enter your observations at the end of every day! By charting with FEMM, you can determine if you have a normal, healthy cycle; find your fertile window and day of ovulation; and fully understand the hormonal rollercoaster that is your menstrual cycle. So what are you waiting for?! Don't waste another minute wondering if your cycle is something that will forever scare the bejeezus out of you! Sign up to take a class and figure out your own cyclical patterns. Work with the incredible body you've been given, not against it!

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  • Fertility Awareness Method | Lumina Health Services

    ​​Learn to chart your menstrual cycle & take charge of your health. Get the truth about your hormones & support your cycles with holistic lifestyle changes. Enroll Now! Grab a free intro course! On-Demand Video Courses Private 1:1 Support Sustainable Lifestyle Changes Your cycles do not have to be a mystery. Without knowledge of your cycles, symptoms like: ​ painful cramps hormonal acne irregular cycles mood swings debilitating fatigue cause frustration and confusion ​ Often the only solution offered is the pill. With knowledge of your cycles, you can: monitor your health heal your symptoms regulate your hormones support your body know when to rest vs push ​ which leaves you in control ​ You have many solutions available. Let's get started! Choose your course Charting for Health Learn to chart from scratch with the FEMM method to support regular, healthy cycles. Enroll Now! Family Planning Learn to chart from scratch with the FEMM method for both health & family planning. Enroll Now! In case you're wondering who runs this joint... Meet your guide That's me! Hi, I'm Mairead. I'm an allied health professional and fertility awareness educator, trained in the FEMM protocol. Since 2015, I have personally used and taught FEMM for holistic health, cycle awareness, and natural family planning. ​ I know what it's like to be confused about your cycles and in pain on your period. That was me before I started charting with FEMM . . . More About Me Kickstart your hormonal healing I know you're the kind of woman who wants to listen to your body and trust that you can make the best decisions for your health. ​ In order to tune in to your body, you've got to first understand how your hormones affect you mentally and physically. That's where charting your cycle comes in! ​ The problem is that there's so much information, you don't know where to begin. It's overwhelming and confusing, to say the least. ​ ​ I believe you deserve the truth about your health and fertility, so you can make informed decisions without the overwhelm. You're capable of understanding and embracing your incredible God-given, life-giving design. ​ That's why I started, Lumina! I became certified to teach charting so I could shortcut that learning process. You'll go from confused, frustrated, & hurting to illuminated, relieved, and healing in record speeds. ​ Let me help you understand your cycle's signals! ​ ​ ​ Start by learning the FEMM charting method to help you understand your cycle, get to the root cause of any imbalances, and begin to heal. Then , connect with a certified FEMM teacher to receive one-on-one support. Finally , make sustainable lifestyle changes to support your health. ​ ​ No more pain and confusion coupled with pills you don't want. Instead, experience clarity and trust in your body. ​ Learn to chart your cycles. Get the guidance you need to succeed. Implement lifestyle changes to support your health. Enroll Now! WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING "Very helpful. Mairead is patient, well educated, great with answering questions. Professional. Glad I discovered this service and highly recommend the educational enlightenment to all women curious about taking more control of their cycle and overall health." — Lisa Enroll Now!

  • Courses | Luminahealthservices

    Courses Charting for Health Learn to chart from scratch with the FEMM method to support regular, healthy cycles. ​ $150 Enroll Now! 4 pre-recorded video presentations (1-1.5 hrs each) 1 complimentary chart review (30 mins) Handouts & Email Support Family Planning Learn to chart from scratch with the FEMM method for both health & family planning. ​ $200 Enroll Now! 5 pre-recorded video presentations (1-1.5 hrs each) 1 complimentary chart review (30 mins) Handouts & Email Support Additional Offerings Sync Up! Exercise & Your Cycles Course Create an exercise routine that supports your hormonal health. Avoid burnout & choose exercise that fuels you! ​ 5 comprehensive video modules Handouts & email support ​ $97 Enroll now! "I really enjoyed my (NFP class) with Mairead. She really explained things well & the class really built on the info as we went through it. She also recommended some great references and books to refer to. . . I felt this class was very successful for me . . ." ​ -Megan "I love that (Mairead's) material is well-organized, easy to follow, and comprehensive . . . I love that (Mairead) is knowledgeable about the class, provides lots of information/resources, and is passionate about wellness." ​ -Emmilee

  • Live Events | Luminahealthservices

    Live Events Join us for virtual events to learn more about cycles and health! December 9th, 2021 8:30pm EST ​ Chart the Basics 1 hour + Q&A Understand your cycles & get to the root cause of your period problems. Start charting your cycles right away. Recordings available to those registered Save my seat!

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