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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

    In 4 classes or less, learn to c hart your menstrual cycle to: monitor your health plan your family manage your PMS symptoms cycle-sync your life become body literate understand & love your incredible female design Book A Class For Every Woman With A Menstrual Cycle Book your class Chart your cycle Change your life Can you speak female? True or False ​ Your body tells you about your health through cycle biomarkers and symptoms. ​ You can tell when you're fertile by monitoring your cycles so you can try to avoid or achieve pregnancy. ​ ​ Periods should be and PMS symptoms like cramps, acne, mood swings, bloating, exhaustion, should ruin your life. easy not ​ ​ Your hormones influence why sometimes you feel social and confident and other times want to curl up in bed alone. ​ ​ Hormonal birth control does not "regulate" your cycle, but instead shuts it down entirely. ​ Your natural hormones are important for your health and wellbeing, but they are all produced in a natural, ovulatory cycle. only ​ Hint: They're all true. Dive into the world of fertility awareness and the FEMM protocol with this prerecorded intro session. Free Intro Session Learn More > Become an Instructor You love all things fertility awareness & want to learn how to become a certified instructor. Learn about the various methods & what option may be best for you. Learn More > Cycle-Sync Workouts Learn how to change the intensity of your workouts to support the natural hormonal shifts in your cycle. Learn More > Listen to this The majority of women either experience disruptive PMS symptoms, struggle with infertility, or suffer from side effects of hormonal birth control. I know what it's like because I've been there myself! Unfortunately, few women realize that that is not normal! In 2015, the declared the female menstrual cycle the fifth vital sign. Our heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, and breathing rate are the other four. All vital signs have normal parameters that indicate the status of our health. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Guess what, the menstrual cycle has its own normal parameters! ​ Here's the thing, women cannot monitor their vital signs if they don't have the information to understand them. We know healthy parameters for our other vitals signs. So how do we know if our cycle is healthy? That's where charting the menstrual cycle comes in. ​ ​ Charting gives you insight into: Hormonal imbalances Fertile days (news flash, women are not fertile every day of their cycle) Normal versus abnormal cycle patterns Ovulation Red flags for potential miscarriages Contributors to PMS and cycle symptoms Disease & illness And so much more ​ Your menstrual cycle affects your reproductive health and your overall health. Finally, understand your fifth vital sign! Take the first step in body literacy and learn to chart your cycle. Take charge of your fertility and your health the natural way! Tell me your goal Natural Family Planning Use fertility awareness to determine your fertile vs infertile days. Avoid or achieve pregnancy with up to 98% efficacy. Learn More > Hormonal Health Learn to understand your body's fertile signs and biomarkers. Observe the state of your reproductive and hormonal health. Learn More > Book your class Chart your cycle Change your life Meet your teacher That's me! Hi, I'm Mairead. I'm a board , and a Fertility Awareness Instructor, trained in the protocol. I have years of experience both using and teaching FEMM for optimal health, cycle awareness, body literacy, and natural family planning. certified Athletic Trainer FEMM More About Me Why I do what I do Many women believe that their bodies are a mystery that will never be figured out. Hormones are something to be feared and periods are an invention of the devil. ​ That is not true! ​ Mysterious as they may seem, our bodies do make sense and our hormones are a wonderful tool that we can learn to use to our advantage. Once we do that, periods become a simple part of our lives that we can (almost) forget about. ​ I want you to know that you don't have to stay in the dark about your body. You can learn to understand and work with your incredible reproductive system - and it really won't be difficult! ​ My ultimate goal is to educate women about their health and fertility, thereby providing them with the knowledge necessary to make informed healthcare decisions. I want every woman, young and old, to understand and embrace her incredible God-given, life-giving design. At Lumina Health Services, I arm women with knowledge of their reproductive system and inspire them to participate in their healthcare. Here's to your unique health journey! ​ ​ ​ Your body talks. Learn how to listen. Classes & Workshops Current Offerings Free Recorded Intro Session WHAT PEOPLE 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

  • Workshops & Classes | Luminahealthservices

    Workshops, Classes, & Services "Fantastic teacher! Mairead is very patient, knowledgeable, and supportive. So glad I took her class!" -Mary Workshops Series of classes designed to teach you to chart from scratch with a particular goal in mind. Charting for Health Workshop Book Now Learn to understand your body's fertile signs and biomarkers. Observe the state of your reproductive and hormonal health. Charting for Health Workshop You want to understand your health, manage cycle symptoms, sync your cycle to your lifestyle, advocate for yourself at the doctor, and begin a lifelong habit of tuning in to your body's personal cycle data. ​ Includes: 4 prerecorded presentations 3 Private Chart Reviews Handouts Unlimited Email Support Read More Family Planning Workshop Book Now Use fertility awareness to determine your fertile vs infertile days. Avoid or achieve pregnancy with up to 98% efficacy. Sync Up! Exercise & Cycles Workshop Coming Soon Learn to chart from scratch. Then learn how to change the intensity of your workouts to support the natural hormonal shifts in your cycle. Family Planning Workshop You don't want to use traditional birth control or you're sick of hormonal birth control. You want a natural, scientific protocol that is up to 98% effective when used correctly. You want to become aware of your cycle phases and your fertility so you can try to achieve or avoid a pregnancy as you see fit. ​ Includes: 5 prerecorded presentations 4 Private Chart Reviews Handouts Unlimited Email Support Read More Sync Up! Exercise & Cycles Workshop You want to tell when intense workouts won't serve you versus when you can kill it in the gym. You want to rest without feeling guilty and reach your PR goals in the best cycle phase. You'll learn how to change the intensity of your workouts to match the energetic and hormonal shifts in your cycle. You need to learn to chart your cycles & switch up your workouts. ​ Includes: 5 prerecorded presentations 4 Private Chart Reviews Handouts Unlimited Email Support Read More Condensed Classes Single class that teaches you particular aspects of charting, family planning, or syncing the cycle with lifestyle & exercise. Chart the Basics Class You aren't quite ready to commit to learning fertility awareness for health or family planning, but you need to start somewhere. You want to learn the basics of charting your cycle without feeling overwhelmed with information. ​ Includes: Prerecorded presentation Handouts Minimal email support Read More Chart the Basics Coming Soon Learn how to chart the minimum biomarkers to make sense of your cycles without being overwhelmed. Sync Up! Exercise & Cycles Class You know how to chart your cycles like a pro. You need guidance on how to change up your exercise routine to support each phase of the cycle without burnout & injury. ​ Includes: Prerecorded presentation Cycle-long body weight to gym workout routine Handouts Minimal email support Read More Learn how to change the intensity of your workouts to support the natural hormonal shifts in your cycle. Sync Up! Mini Course Coming Soon Learn how to change the intensity of your workouts to support the natural hormonal shifts in your cycle. Private Sessions Basic Chart Reviews are 30-45 minute sessions meant to review your personal chart data and health goals 1:1. Please only book a Current Client Chart Review if you have purchased a workshop within the past 6 months. ​ *Basic Chart Reviews for Non-Clients may also be booked to discuss how to become a certified FEMM/FAM teacher. Learn how to change the intensity of your workouts to support the natural hormonal shifts in your cycle. Basic Chart Review: Current Clients Book Now Book your 1:1, 30 minute sessions within 6 months of your workshop purchase. Learn how to change the intensity of your workouts to support the natural hormonal shifts in your cycle. Private Session Book Now Book a private FEMM session. Learn how to change the intensity of your workouts to support the natural hormonal shifts in your cycle. Basic Chart Review: Non-Clients & Previous Clients Book Now Book a 1:1, 45 minute session. For clients who've never worked with Lumina or haven't had a chart review in 6+ months. Learn how to change the intensity of your workouts to support the natural hormonal shifts in your cycle. Free Live Intro Book Now Free, live introduction to FEMM. Services Connect with Mairead to discuss collaborations or networking opportunities, learn how to become a Fertility Awareness Instructor, or host a FEMM presentation at your school or event. Learn how to change the intensity of your workouts to support the natural hormonal shifts in your cycle. Connection Call Book Now Connect with Lumina to collaborate or discuss workshops/classes. Learn how to change the intensity of your workouts to support the natural hormonal shifts in your cycle. Public Speaking Inquire Inquire about booking Mairead for a public speaking engagement such as events, schools, or women's groups.

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