I recently had a cool opportunity for people on my newsletter to get some free consult time. While I got an opportunity to help them with their questions, I also got an opportunity to get a peep into who you are. Who is coming here and why? How can I help them? That is what I am always asking because I want to write to and for you, not to a big fat world of no one. So, I want to give you a picture of who I and how I came about creating this site.
Everything about this website is centered around one thing: The sympto-thermal method of fertility awareness.
And why in the world is that? Well, I teach it, of course, so that’s one reason. But let me let you in on why I teach the method, or what makes it so special and important to me:
1. Health. I think it is so important that we honor the health of our bodies by trying to avoid things that have not been proven to be neutral or beneficial. Especially if it seems that we have a lot of evidence of harm.
Yes, we often hear that hormonal birth control methods are “safe and effective,” but what’s the real story when you see lawsuits piling up due to deaths of healthy young women, mirena IUDs that just won’t stay where they are supposed to, and the countless stories of women with emotional, sexual, or psychological trauma due to hormonal contraception.
Perhaps if you care more about using one of the variety of hormonal methods more than your health, so you may choose to use them anyway. For most women, though, hormonal contraceptives do not contribute to their health at all and, in fact, detract from it.
2. Women’s rights and liberation. “What the poop?” you might be thinking, but really, I do believe that honoring our cycles (can I say this without being woo-woo? I swear I’m not woo-woo) can be a huge part of being a feminist.
Think about it: You are accepting yourself more when you accept all parts of you, even those very female parts of you, like your cyclical fertility and period. Holy shit, right?
Not only that, but a lot of your gifts can be really accentuated at different times in your cycle and taking that away can lead to problems, not to mention a general lessening of your core person and all of the awesomeness you have to put out into the world.
Also, that cutting out the sex drive thing. Yeah, that’s messed up.
3. Eco-maniac. Yes, I am one. What about you? I don’t much buy into the latest and greatest “green” products. Nor do I care for the greenwashing of many businesses, but I am a little serious when it comes to that whole “leave no trace” thing.
Buying used? Check. Only sustainably grown and raised foods? Check. Trying not to create trash? Check. Saving water, electricity, gas, etc.? Check.
Some may say fanatical, but honestly that’s just the way I like to be.
I would consider my efforts for naught if I were peeing hormones out of my body into the water supply and/or trashing packaging constantly.
4. Nature. Some might say I like it. I’m so into how nature works so well that I’m into permaculture. Permaculture, people.
If you don’t know, that’s this crazy notion that nature does a really good job at working itself out, and working with nature rather than against it is a big win for us humans. I’d say that theory works just as well for fertility.
We have a naturally infertile time in our cycle, so all we need to do is discover when that is and take appropriate action only during that time. (Hint: It’s not hard, just take a class in fertility awareness to learn).
So what brings you to using the sympto-thermal method of fertility awareness (or being interested in using it soon)? What are the biggest benefits as your see it?