With dedication to tracking each day, you can learn when you are fertile and when you are not — which, by the way, can change each month, even if you have regular cycles.
A change by one day, when it comes to ovulation, can make all the difference when it comes to getting pregnant.
“Fertility Awareness is simply a means of understanding human reproduction. It’s based on the observation and charting of scientifically proven fertility signs that determine whether or not a woman is fertile on any given day.”
Toni Weschler, MPH, author of Taking Charge of Your Fertility
All fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) are based on the science of your menstrual cycle. To achieve pregnancy, FABMs aim to identify your fertile window: The 5 days before ovulation and the day of ovulation (1).
This incredible journey starts on the first day of your period in the follicular phase, progresses to ovulation, enters the luteal phase, and ends the day before your next period.
Each of these phases are associated with hormonal changes and observable signals from your body indicating which phase you're in. These phases can vary each month, even for women with regular cycles, which is why tracking is essential.
Your cycle is affected by environmental factors such as stress, diet, and sleep. These factors can cause variations in your cycle (2), but charting your signs every day gives you a deeper understanding of your body and helps you recognize your own individual patterns. This intimate knowledge of your body enables more informed discussions with your healthcare provider and empowers you to become your own advocate in the doctor's office.
We Believe TMI is a Good Thing. Join our weekly blog email for charting tips, updates and exclusive offers.
Kindara recommends using the Symptothermal Method (STM) to achieve pregnancy or to track the characteristics of your menstrual cycle.
The STM relies on 2 (or even 3 if you want) daily observations to determine your fertile window. That way, the observations check that the other is indeed indicating a fertile or non-fertile phase. Read on to learn more about which observations to track.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014, April). Providing Quality Family Planning Services Recommendations of CDC and the U.S. Office of Population Affairs, Appendix D: Contraceptive Effectiveness.
Martinez, A., van Hooff, M., Schoutc, Erik., van der Meer, M., Broekmans, F., Hompes, P. (1992). The reliability, acceptability and applications of basal body temperature (BBT) records in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gyneocology and Reproductive Biology, 121-127.
Coyne, M. D., Kesick, C. M., Doherty, T. J., Kolka, M. A., & Stephenson, L. A. (2000). Circadian rhythm changes in core temperature over the menstrual cycle: method for noninvasive monitoring. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 279(4), R1316-R1320.
Weschler, T. (2015). Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health.
The Kindara app is intended to display physiological parameters (basal body temperature, cervical mucus, menstruation, etc.) as an aid in ovulation prediction to facilitate conception or to track the characteristics of the menstrual cycle (not to be used for contraception).
The Kindara app can be used in conjunction with any device which has the means of collecting basal body temperature data from the user. The app can also be used standalone without a temperature device, allowing the user to enter data related to their menstrual cycles (such as cervical fluid and period dates), enabling them to track information related to their cycles.
The Kindara app should not be used for contraception.