Fertility Awareness Based Method (FABM) is an umbrella term used for a list of unique natural birth control methods, each specifically designed to fit your personal birth control of choice. We encourage the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), also known as the Sympto-Thermal method of birth control.
Fertility Awareness Based Methods derive from the practice of Natural Family Planning. NFP is the daily tracking of your fertility signs to either try to conceive or abstain while in the fertile window of your menstrual cycle. The wide variety of FABMs rely on barrier methods to prevent pregnancy during each fertile window.
The following natural birth control options are scientifically proven to be effective with the use of daily bodily observations, each unique to its method, recorded on a fertility chart.
These birth control options do not require medication, internal devices or hormones to prevent pregnancy.
Natural Family Planning is based on the daily tracking of your Cervical Mucus and Basal Body Temperature, using a Basal Body Thermometer and fertility chart. This method is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
During your fertile window, you will either:
- Try to conceive
Fertility Awareness, or the Sympto-thermal method of birth control, is based off of Natural Family Planning. The only change is the use of barrier methods, like Condoms, a Cervical Cap or Withdrawal during each fertile window, creating an effectiveness of 99.6%.
Technology has created tracking your cycle into an effortless task. There are a list of fertility monitors and apps, like Daysy, solely designed to input your daily observations and temperature, which will then interpret if you are fertile or not.
It is highly recommended to NOT use an app alone for birth control, as some claim to predict ovulation. Only you can predict ovulation with your knowledge and personal observations. Apps become optimal if you choose to use them in conjunction with a Basal Body Thermometer or fertility monitor.
Fertility monitors are often designed to use the Basal Body Temperature Method of Birth Control and will automatically keep a record of your monthly cycles. With perfect use, this has an effectiveness rate of 99%.
The Billings Ovulation, or Cervical Mucus, method of birth control is based on the daily observations of your cervical mucus consistency at the vulva to determine if you are fertile.
By following this method’s rules, you have a 97% chance of preventing pregnancy.
The Basal Body Temperature method of Birth Control is the observation of your daily waking temperature using a Basal Body Thermometer.
By following this method's rules, you will have a 99% effectiveness in preventing pregnancy.
The Standard Days Method of Birth Control identifies our fixed fertile window. The rest of the cycle is considered not fertile. This particular method is designed for people with cycles lasting 26-32 days.
You will use CycleBeads, a color-coded string of beads, to follow your fertile window for a 95% effectiveness in preventing pregnancy.
The Lactational Amenorrhea Method of birth control is a short-term Natural Family Planning method based on the natural effect that breastfeeding has on fertility. The act of exclusively breastfeeding suppresses the release of the hormones necessary for ovulation.
For 6 months after giving birth, if menstruation has not returned and the baby is exclusively breastfed, this method will provide 98% effectiveness in preventing pregnancy.
A kind reminder
The above Methods of Natural Birth Control are NOT akin to the Rhythm Method, but are highly evolved forms of Natural Family Planning. Each menstrual cycle varies from month to month due to stress or other factors, therefore cannot be predicted based on assumptions or previous observations. Those intrigued in practicing Fertility Awareness Based Methods should take classes or receive professional introduction to ensure accuracy in the rules for achieving or postponing pregnancy.