Know Your Fertility

Get pregnant naturally. Avoid pregnancy naturally.

Women and the Pill – What we should know.

Here is a link to a great talk by Dr. Aviva Ram. Informative, lively, non-judgemental – fun!

Scroll down the page to find the link to Dr. Ram’s video talk.



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Fertility App in French!

L’ App Fertilité est maintenant disponible en français! http://app.knowyourfertility.netest un outil gratuit pour vous permettre de suivre votre cycle. L’App vous aidera à comprendre votre propre fertilité, vous permettra de prédire la menstruation à l’avance, même dans des cycles irréguliers, de même que de surveiller votre santé,vos hormones et vos émotions.

Le lien à l’App:

Parce que l’App n’est pas dans un   magasin d’applications , une icône d’application n’apparaît pas automatiquement sur votre écran d’accueil lorsque vous visitez le lien. Je n’ai pas mis l’application sur un magasin d’applications parce que je voulais que l’application fonctionne sur tous les téléphones, à l’intérieur d’un navigateur. Mais voici comment obtenir l’icône de l’application sur votre écran d’accueil:

Vous pouvez installer l’icône de l’App Fertilité sur votre écran d’accueil de la façon suivante: Lorsque vous utilisez le navigateur Google Chrome: télécharger l’App. Créez un mot de passe et un compte. Regardez dans le coin supérieur droit où vous trouverez 3 petits points empilés verticalement. Cliquez sur les 3 petits points. Vous verrez des choix. Cliquez sur Options. Ensuite, cliquez sur “Ajouter à l’écran d’accueil”. Cela devrait vous permettre d’installer une icône représentant une goutte d’eau bleue avec le mot “Fertilité” écrit en dessous.

Lorsque vous utilisez le navigateur Safari: Télécharger l’App. Créez un mot de passe et un compte. Regardez dans le coin supérieur droit où vous trouverez une boîte avec une flèche orientée vers le haut. Cliquez sur la boîte. Vous verrez différentes options. Cliquez sur “Ajouter à l’écran d’accueil”. Vous devriez maintenant avoir une icône représentant une goutte d’eau bleue avec le mot “Fertilité” écrit en dessous, sur votre écran d’accueil.

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The Fertility App Symbol on your Phone  is the easy-to-use app that allows us to chart

I have had requests for an app symbol to access the app easily from the home screen of phone or tablet.  Because the app is not on the app store, an app symbol does not immediately show up on your home screen when you go to the link. I did not put the app on the app store because I wanted the app to work on all phones.  But here is how to get the symbol:
To save the Fertility icon to your home screen:

When using Google Crome browser: download the app from the link above. Look in the upper right hand corner for 3 little dots stacked vertically. Click on the dots. You will see some choices. Click on Options. Then click on Add to Home Screen.  This should put the symbol on your home screen – a blue drop with Fertility written underneath.

When using Safari: Download the app from the above link. Look in the upper right hand corner for a box with an upward-facing arrow.  Click the box. You will see various options. Click on Add to Home Screen.  You should now have a blue water drop symbol with Fertility written underneath it.


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Fertility App in Spanish or English

FERTILITY App is now available in Both English or Spanish.

LA APP, FERTILIDAD, ES AHORA EN ESPANOL O INGLES. Haga clic en Adjustes y seleccione Inglés o Español. (Se añadirán más idiomas.) Usando el app, puede conocer a sus períodos fértiles, predecir con exactitud la menstruación, y llegar a saber sus hormonas, emociones y salud.

Click on Settings and choose English or Spanish. (We will be adding more languages.) Using the app, you can get to know your fertile times, accurately predict menstruation, and monitor your hormones, emotions, and health.

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New Free Web App – Fertility

New free web app!

RaindropI am very excited to announce the launch of our new free web app – Fertility –  to track your cycle.  Learn about your fertility, predict menstruation in advance, even in irregular cycles, monitor health, hormones, and emotions. Click here to try it out for yourself! 

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Neem Oil as Spermicide

I found this interesting medical study on a natural spermicide! –  neem oil!  Neem is a tree that grows mostly in tropical areas.  It is used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.

“In an uncontrolled clinical trial involving 225 healthy fertile women aged 18- 35 years performed to assess the efficacy of the neem oil as an anti-fertility agent, subjects were instructed to insert 1 mL of the oil into the vagina with a plastic applicator 5 min prior to coitus and no other contraception was used. After 16 months of use only three pregnancies due to drug failure were reported; there were 30 pregnancies due to noncompliance (i.e. women who did not use the oil as instructed).”

-Mittal A, Kapur S, Garg S, Pharma M, Upadhyay SN, Suri S, et al. et al. Clinical trial with praneem polyherbal cream in patients with abnormal vaginal discharge due to microbial infections. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynecol. 1995;35(2):190–191. [PubMed]

More info:

“Scientists at India’s Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS) have …..found that neem oil is strongly spermicidal. Rhesus monkeys and human spermatozoa, for example, became totally immotile within 30 seconds of contacting the oil.

Studies in 20 rats, 8 rabbits, 14 rhesus monkeys, and 10 human volunteers showed that neem oil applied intra vaginally before sexual intercourse prevented pregnancy. Histo-pathological studies on the rat tissues (vagina, cervix, and uterus) showed no ill effects. By contrast, nonyl-phenoxy polyethoxy ethanol, the spermicide in a popular vaginal contraceptive cream, produced obvious irritation. Radioisotope studies indicated that neem oil was not absorbed from the vagina.

As a follow-up to these experiments, the Indian army provided neem oil to 20 soldiers and their families as a birth-control measure. This trial was considered so successful that the colonel in charge of the program was honored by the prime minister. A neem oil formulation called “Sensal” is now sold in India for contraceptive purposes.”


Gp.Capt.K.C. Sinha and Lt. Col. S.S. Riar. 1985. Neem oil-an ideal contraceptive. Biological Memoirs 10(1 an 2):107-114.

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Problems with the NuvaRing

Problems with NuvaRing

“Easy. Safe. That’s really how it was presented — easy, safe, low-dose hormone — you know, and it turns out it wasn’t. It wasn’t that at all,” she said.

Even though NuvaRing has about the same risk for blood clots as newer birth control pills, Henry said she wishes she had known that the incidence of life-threatening blood clots is double with NuvaRing compared to older birth control pills.

“There are other options out there for birth control that have risks, but not doubling the risks,” Henry told CNN. “If I would have known that I never would have taken it.”

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Neem oil as a contraceptive?

I found the following medical abstract which says that neem oil acts as an effective spermicide:

Contraception. 1990 Oct;42(4):479-87.

Volatile fraction of neem oil as a spermicide.


The volatile, odorous fraction of neem oil coded as NIM-76 obtained by steam distillation was investigated for in vitro spermicidal activity. The data showed that the minimum concentration which inhibited spermatozoal motility was 0.25 mg/ml for rat and 25 mg/ml for human spermatozoa. The effect of the drug on spermatozoal motility was found to be dose-dependent. The activity of this drug was not altered in the presence of vaginal or cervical mucus. Intra-vaginal application of NIM-76 in rabbits showed no irritation to the vaginal mucosa.

[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


I understand from Indian friends that neem oil is considered an effective contraceptive in India.  In addition neem oil is known as a lubricant, and probably offers some protection from vaginal and sexually transmitted diseases. Information on neem contraception was included in ancient Ayurvedic medicine:

“In the first century B.C., Charaka, the Indian physician, gave a detailed method for using neem for contraception. Cotton soaked in neem oil was kept in the vagina for fifteen minutes before intercourse. This killed the sperm. ”  –

It seems that, considering health hazards for women from many birth control methods, and the availability of neem in many parts of the world, we may be overlooking an important answer for women and families…..  I have friends who use this method with confidence. And there seem to be a variety of studies online in the medical literature.  I welcome any input or added information on this topic.








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Breast Feeding as a Way to Avoid Pregnancy



Complete breast-feeding can delay the return of fertility for at least three months, and usually much longer. Complete breastfeeding means the baby receives nothing by mouth besides the breast. The breast is used as a pacifier and baby is fed on demand and at least once in the middle of the night.

Complete breastfeeding also involves mother and baby in a physically close relationship. Consider cultures where baby is carried in a sling, and sleeps next to mom. Then consider babies who are only carried from plastic seats to crib. The close energetic exchange between mother and baby appears to be a mysterious part of what delays the return of ovulation during breastfeeding.

Begin charting your external mucus two weeks after the birth of your baby. Four weeks after giving birth, begin to confirm dryness by checking for a low, firm, closed, dry cervix.  Your mucus may be less noticeable while you are breastfeeding, but your cervix will be low and easy to find.

If you begin to have patches of mucus or wetness or high, soft, open cervix, consider giving more frequent feedings (not necessarily greater quantity, just more frequently.) The baby’s suckling stimulates the hormone oxytocin, which postpones the return of fertility. For more information, download the free ebook, Fertility Awareness, at


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Signs of Fertility in a Woman’s Body

WomanOnMoonObservation of your fertile type mucus is the most user-friendly and culturally acceptable fertility indicator. If you are achieving pregnancy, the mucus is your best friend. If you are avoiding pregnancy, I recommend that you also learn to recognize other fertility indicators. Download out my free ebook.

Charting the mucus for info only lets you know in advance when you will begin your next menstruation. No more being caught by surprise! Although each woman is different, the time between the day of ovulation and the next menstruation is about 11 – 16 days. After charting for a few cycles, you will know how long this time is for you.

The mucus lets us know that an ovum is maturing and is about to be released into the fallopian tube. We notice it outside the vagina during our normal daily activity – such as when we go to the bathroom. At first we may confuse the fertile wetness with vaginal secretions. Vaginal secretions are part of the vagina’s normal self-cleansing process and do not indicate fertility. Fertile type mucus is produced by the cervix during the fertile time of the cycle. It is different from vaginal secretions.

If you observe and chart for a cycle, you may see how clearly your body signals your fertility. It may give you a feeling that your body is on your side, and not trying to trick you into conceiving.

Or, you may end up feeling unsure of what you are observing. In that case, keep studying the ebook mentioned above, and keep observing and keeping a chart.

Charting the Mucus Sign

1) Menstruation: Chart bleeding for all bleeding.

2) Dry Days: Chart dry on the days when you feel nothing and see nothing outside the vagina. Dry means nothing seen and nothing felt.

3) Mucus Days: Chart mucus if you feel or see something (anything) outside the vagina. You may observe something sticky, pasty, creamy, or just a wet feeling.

4) Slippery Wet days: Chart slippery if you feel a slippery feeling, even if there is no mucus visible. Slippery is an indication of the rise of estrogen. It means that the ovum is about to be released.

5) Key Day: Key Day is the last day of any slippery mucus or slippery feeling. It is the most fertile day and is probably the day of ovulation.

Knowing the signs of fertility will give you a feeling of empowerment and participation in all the cycles of Nature.

Enjoy,  Marie

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