GLOSSARY

  • Body literacy terms
  • Charting specialisms
  • Teaching frameworks & values
  • Training institutes / methods
  • Price ranges

A daily practice of reading your body – observing, recording and interpreting bodily signs associated with the menstrual cycle. 

These signs – also known as indicators or biomarkers – can provide health insights and allow you to avoid or achieve pregnancy.

The same thing as fertility awareness. People who practice fertility awareness record their observations in a “chart” (paper or app) so this practice is often known as cycle charting.

Those days of a cycle when sex could possibly lead to pregnancy.

An umbrella term used to describe a variety of ways of charting your cycles.

Each method has its own set of indicators and guidelines for identifying the open / close of the fertile window.

FABMs that combine cervical fluid and/or cervix observations (the sympto part) with basal body temperature readings (the thermal part).

Single-check methods rely on cervical fluid or cervix observations alone to open the fertile window. Examples include Justisse and The Well.

Double-check methods add a cycle-based calculation as a conservative buffer to open the fertile window. Examples include Sensiplan and SymptoPro.

FABMs that combine cervical fluid observations (the sympto part) with urinary hormone tests (the hormonal part). They may also sometimes incorporate basal body temperature readings.

Examples with luteinising hormone (LH) tests include FEMM.

Examples with the Clearblue fertility monitor which tracks changes in estrogen and LH include Marquette and Boston Cross Check.

FABMs that rely on cervical fluid observations alone. Examples include Billings and Creighton.

A term used on this site to refer to menstrual cycles that are typically 24-38 days long (with confirmed ovulation if charting). Please note that educators who are listed only for regular cycles may not be specialised in supporting people with irregular cycles / other cycle circumstances.

A term used on this site to refer to the first 6-9 months after stopping hormonal contraception use. It can be especially helpful to get personalised learning support from a certified educator during this time.

A term used on this site to describe polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) / long cycles (more than 38 days) / irregular cycles (length varying by more 9 days over the course of a year). It can be especially helpful to get personalised learning support from a certified educator in these circumstances.

The time preparing for / leading up to pregnancy. Some educators specialise in preconception health which can include lifestyle changes to support your body, mind and fertility.

The time after giving birth possibly including breastfeeding. People who are charting postpartum may experience a long wait for the return of their fertility and/or irregular cycles. It can be especially helpful to get personalised learning support from a certified educator during this time.

The time around / leading up to menopause (final menstrual period). People who are approaching menopause may experience irregular cycles. It can be especially helpful to get personalised learning support from a certified educator during this time.

A term used on this site to denote teaching in a framework that reflects or references religious beliefs. For example Catholic values.

A term used on this site to denote teaching in a framework that heavily reflects or references spiritual dimensions. For example feminine, lunar, ecological, ancestral themes.

A term used on this site to denote teaching in a framework that doesn’t have any connection with religion. However additional themes (for example feminine, lunar, ecological, ancestral) may be lightly referenced or offered.

A term used on this site to denote teaching in a framework that doesn’t have any connection with religion or spirituality.

A term used to describe FABMs practiced in a religious / faith-based framework e.g. by Catholic married couples who abstain from all sexual activity during the fertile window if they are charting to avoid pregnancy.

NFP is founded in the belief that all sexual acts must be unitive and open to life. Barriers and/or withdrawal are therefore not acceptable. Couples who practice NFP combine fertility awareness with spiritual discernment about their family planning intentions.

A term often used to describe sympto-thermal FABMs practiced in a secular framework e.g. by people who may choose to use barriers and/or withdrawal during the fertile window if they are charting to avoid pregnancy.

A term used on this site to denote the practice of refraining from all sexual activity (both intercourse and other forms of sexual intimacy) for a period of time.

A term used on this site to denote condoms and contraceptive diaphragms.

A term used on this site to denote healthcare in a biomedical framework, for example, using pharmaceutical medication and surgical interventions.

A term used on this site to denote healthcare in a holistic framework, for example, using natural remedies and lifestyle changes. Restorative approaches may also include supplements and targeted surgeries.

A term used on this site to denote language that centres the experiences of women with menstrual cycles. 

A term used on this site to denote language that is inclusive of all people with menstrual cycles. 

A term used on this site to denote educators who report being proactively welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer / questioning clients.

A term used on this site to denote educators who report having been trained to engage in practices that promote a culture of safety and empowerment for people who have experienced trauma including sexual abuse.

This institute teaches a cervical fluid / mucus-only method within a Catholic framework.

The method has simple guidelines that are well suited for those with irregular cycles and throughout the life course including during the postpartum time (after giving birth) and leading up to menopause. Educators are available worldwide.

More information here

This institute teaches a sympto-hormonal (Clearblue monitor) method with a Catholic background. It also includes waking body temperature as an optional cross-check. The method is very versatile with different possible combinations of biomarkers!

This method is especially popular among those are charting postpartum (after giving birth). It can be used throughout the life course. 

More information here

This institute teaches a double-check sympto-thermal method within a Catholic framework. 

This method may be particularly suited for people with fairly regular cycles who are looking for high effectiveness when avoiding pregnancy. 

More information here

This institute teaches a cervical fluid / mucus-only method within a Catholic framework.

The method includes standardised and detailed cervical mucus codes that can be used to inform restorative reproductive healthcare using NaPro Technology.

More information here

This institute teaches a double-check sympto-thermal method with a secular ethos. 

This method may be particularly suited for people with fairly regular cycles who are looking for high effectiveness when avoiding pregnancy. 

More information here in French.

This institute teaches a sympto-hormonal (LH) method with a lightly Catholic background.

Many of its educators work within a secular framework and offer additional guidelines for sympto-thermal charting with waking body temperature.

This institute also supports restorative reproductive healthcare by medical practitioners using insights from cycle charts. 

More information here

This institute teaches a double-check sympto-thermal method with a secular ethos. It is connected with the UK’s National Health Service.

This method may be particularly suited for people with fairly regular cycles who are looking for high effectiveness when avoiding pregnancy. 

More information here

This institute teaches a cervical fluid / mucus-only method within a secular framework.

There are also sympto-thermal guidelines for those who wish to chart their waking body temperature alongside cervical fluid.

The method includes standardised and detailed cervical mucus codes that can be used to inform holistic approaches to reproductive healthcare.

More information here

This institute teaches a sympto-hormonal (Clearblue monitor) method with a Catholic background. It also includes waking body temperature as an optional cross-check. The method is very versatile with different possible combinations of biomarkers!

This method is especially popular among those are charting postpartum (after giving birth). It can be used throughout the life course. 

More information here

This is a sympto-thermal method with a secular ethos taught by Dr Kerry Hampton in Australia.

It may be particularly suited for people with fairly regular cycles who are looking for high effectiveness when avoiding pregnancy.

More information here

This institute teaches a double-check sympto-thermal method with a secular ethos. 

This method may be particularly suited for people with fairly regular cycles who are looking for high effectiveness when avoiding pregnancy. 

More information here

This institute teaches a double-check sympto-thermal method with a lightly Catholic background. Many of its educators work within a secular framework.

This method may be particularly suited for people with fairly regular cycles who are looking for high effectiveness when avoiding pregnancy. 

More information here

This institute teaches a double-check sympto-thermal method with a lightly Catholic background. 

This method may be particularly suited for people with fairly regular cycles who are looking for high effectiveness when avoiding pregnancy. 

More information here

This institute teaches a double-check sympto-thermal method with a lightly Catholic background. Many of its educators work within a secular framework.

This method may be particularly suited for people with fairly regular cycles who are looking for high effectiveness when avoiding pregnancy. 

More information here

This institute teaches a double-check sympto-thermal method within a Catholic framework. 

This method may be particularly suited for people with fairly regular cycles who are looking for high effectiveness when avoiding pregnancy. 

More information here

This institute teaches a single-check sympto-thermal method within a secular framework.

Attention is often given to holistic ways of supporting hormonal health and well-being.

More information here

Note: The Well was formerly called Grace Of The Moon.

Doula Canada’s Fertility Support program trains doulas to support people through all aspects of a fertility journey. 

This includes basic single-check sympto-thermal method principles per the book Taking Charge Of Your Fertility. The program focuses on fertility awareness charting alongside preconception health support.

Participants in the program are required to complete a practicum with two clients (8+ hours each) one of whom must be a 2+ cycle fertility awareness charting client.

More information about the training can be found here

Self-taught practitioners are those who have chosen to develop their knowledge, skills and expertise outside of a formal training program or certification framework.

Self-taught practitioners typically draw from in-depth reading of various materials and resources, embodied experiences of fertility awareness charting, conversations with and mentorship by other educators / practitioners, and learning from diverse training workshops / circles. They may refer to others for any questions that fall outside of their expertise. 

Self-taught practitioners are listed in this directory with a note about their background under their bio text. Please consult this to learn more about their unique journey into fertility awareness support and consider whether they might be a good fit for you.

A series of learning sessions (the format and overall duration can vary) to support you to develop a confident and effective cycle charting practice.

$Up to $225

$$ = $226-349

$$$ = $350 and more

All prices expressed in US$

A one-to-one call or meeting typically lasting around 45-60 minutes. For example an in-depth learning session or chart review focusing on whatever is important to you.

$Up to $50

$$ = $51-99

$$$ = $100 and more

All prices expressed in US$

All prices have been converted into US$ for categorisation.

Educators appearing in the lower pricing bracket may be based in countries where the cost of living is relatively low and/or may be offering more compact learning packages. 

Educators appearing in the higher pricing bracket may be based in countries where the cost of living is relatively high and/or may be offering more extensive learning packages.

Many educators offer payment plans, sliding scales, etc ♡

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