A friend emailed me Fitbit’s latest newsletter last week on predicting cycles for better life planning.

Fitbit’s prediction algorithm helps you estimate your next period, fertile window and ovulation date. I have to say that the modern woman has so many wonderful tools at her fingertips that help her take control of her fertility. With so many apps to choose from, and products like the Daysy thermometer, gone are the days when we felt like we only had one option of birth control.

There are so many options out there, however, you have to research, investigate and try some to see what suits you.

I am the biggest fan of the Justisse Fertility Awareness method because I don’t have to rely on an app, product or calendar. I know every day if I have the chance of falling pregnant (if I had sex) or not.

I am completely aware that this method might not be for everyone. It does take time to learn, it does take commitment, and it does take understanding. On the other hand, it gives you freedom and knowledge for your whole life, and you don’t have to rely on a product.

Hormonal contraception (the pill, Mirena, the patch, the Implanon) has a long list of side effects, health dangers, and libido killers. The IUDs (Copper T) come with a list of potential physical problems as well as copper toxicity. Yes, some women LOVE them – that’s ok. But before you use a product that has a list of potential problems that could be as heart-breaking as infertility in your later years, do your research and make an informed decision.

We live in a time where there are so many options are available to us.

Here are some things to keep in mind when doing your research:

  1. No birth control method is 100% effective (if it states it is – I wouldn’t trust it). The only 100% effective method is abstinence.
  2. Most of the apps out there (I would say around 99%) use algorithms to predict if you are fertile and can conceive. There are many moms out there who would say that you are the result of the Rhythm method! So, if you are going to use an app, learn more about other fertility symptoms that your body gives you so that you are aware of them. I am always happy to set up an appointment with you to teach you this information.
  3. Your product/app doesn’t know when you are stressed, sick or travelling, so in these circumstances, refrain from sex, just in case your ovulation is delayed.

Here’s to finding a natural, non-invasive method for you, your relationship and your body!

I am always here to chat. If you keen to learn the Justisse method of fertility awareness just drop me a mail. If you want a basic crash course on all the other fertility signs so you can use an app more effectively, I am happy to help.