Know Your Fertility

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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:   http://app.knowyourfertility.net

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. http://app.knowyourfertility.net. 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. http://app.knowyourfertility.net. 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

http://app.knowyourfertility.net  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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You may contact Marie at mariezenack@gmail.com

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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.”

– National Academy Press, NEEM, A TREE FOR SOLVING GLOBAL PROBLEMS.

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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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.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
2257744
[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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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. ”  – http://www.discoverneem.com/neem-oil-birth-control.html

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.

Marie

www.knowyourfertility.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting Pregnant Naturally

First, relax and breath.  Some questions:  Have you been on hormonal birth control?  If so, how long has it been since discontinuing it?  Depending on the method used, it can take from 6 months to 2 years for fertility to return.  Be patient.

Since hormonal contraception interferes with the natural flow of hormones, I recommend a good herbal fertility combination.  Here is one I like: http://taohealingarts.com/bd203.html.  In addition, since hormonal methods stress the liver, I also recommend taking http://taohealingarts.com/bp404.html as well.  Of course, even if you have never used hormonal birth control, herbal formulas for the female reproductive system are still recommended.  These two, female formula and liver formula, are also very good:  http://store.healmarketplace.com/drinks/female-formula

http://store.healmarketplace.com/shoes/liver-detoxing-kit

For your diet, choose foods grown without chemicals.  Eat healthy fats:  butter, coconut oil, coconut oil, cod liver oil/butter oil from www.greenpasture.org. Eat green, leafy vegetables, pasture-raised eggs, meat, bone broth. All grains should be soaked for about 8 hours before cooking to improve digestibility.

Keep a chart of your signs of fertility as discussed on www.knowyourfertility.net, in the free download called, Fertility Awareness.  If you do not conceive in the first few cycles, continue observing and charting your signs of fertility, but add the following:

Castor oil pack over abdomen 3 – 4 times weekly.  To make a castor oil pack, cut a piece of old terry cloth big enough to cover lower abdomen.  Place cloth on pan or griddle and warm on stove, soaking cloth with castor oil. Leave on heat until very warm but not hot enough to burn.  Place castor oil soaked cloth on lower abdomen, cover with a piece of plastic, and lie down to rest for about an hour with hot water bottle or heating pad over castor oil pack.  Repeat 3 – 4 times weekly.  Do not underestimate castor oil pack.  In Spanish it is called “Hand of Christ.”  I have known women to dissolve tumors, ovarian cysts, and open clogged fallopian tubes with castor oil packs.

On the off days, when not doing a castor oil pack, massage the lower abdomen deeply but gently for as long as is comfortable. After the abdominal massage, massage the feet, especially the big toe on each foot. The reflexology point for the pituitary is on the big toe.  The pituitary is the beginning of the cycle of ovulation.

Speak to the child that you are inviting. Send her/him love. Be grateful for everything you have.

Let me know if you have questions on the above.

Many Blessings,  Marie

www.knowyourfertility.net

mariezenack@gmail.com

 

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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

http://knowyourfertility.net/

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Nature’s User-friendly Fertility Test

Fertility CalendarNoticing the fertile-type mucus (cervical mucus) is the easiest way to know when you are fertile, since it is noticed in the course of daily activity.

Fertile mucus is produced by the cervix during the days when the ova are maturing and preparing for ovulation, even if your cycles are irregular. This mucus is not only an indicator of fertility, but is also essential for fertility – since it nourishes the sperm, protects them from the natural acidity of the vagina, and guides them toward the ovum.

Here’s how to observe and chart your fertile type mucus – without buying tests or gadgets:

Pay attention to how you feel as you go about your daily activities. Just as you have learned to notice a certain wetness at menstruation, you will begin to notice a second wet time later in the cycle, a wet time without bleeding. The second wet time is caused by your fertile type mucus.

Each time you use the toilet, wipe with toilet paper both before and after you use the toilet, noticing: a) the sensation you feel as you wipe with toilet paper, b) what is on the toilet paper. If you do not use toilet paper in your culture, whatever way you clean yourself after using the toilet will be the way that you observe the mucus. Chart what you see and what you feel in any way that makes sense to you. Here is one way to chart.

1) Menstruation: mark the days of bleeding in some way, such as coloring the calendar day red.

2) Nothing: if you don’t see or feel anything outside your vagina, you can leave the calendar blank on those days.

3) Something: but if you see or feel something – anything – such as pasty or sticky mucus, or a feeling of wetness – draw a raindrop on these days.

4) Slippery something: If the pasty or sticky mucus turns to slippery mucus or a slippery feeling, color the raindrop dark to indicate the slippery wetness. A slippery sensation at the vaginal opening indicates a rise in estrogen and the approach – probably – of ovulation.

After a few slippery wet days, the mucus may disappear or return to sticky or pasty. When it does, mark the LAST DAY of slippery wet mucus as the KEY DAY, and begin to count the days when no mucus is noticed, or the mucus is no longer slippery. In a fertile cycle, the time between the last day of slippery mucus or slippery feeling and the next menstruation is between 11-16 days. You will become quite accurate about your predictions after you chart for a few cycles.

The slippery mucus time is your most fertile time, since fertile is produced during the days leading up to and including ovulation. If you are trying to conceive, use the wet, slippery days for sexual relations. (Don’t try to use this information for birth control – avoiding pregnancy – unless you seek out a qualified teacher of fertility awareness or download and study the fertility awareness book on this site www.knowyourfertility.net.

Generally speaking, dark red bleeding for about three days indicates that hormones are high enough to build a good uterine lining and nourish a fetus in the event of conception. However, more than three days of dark red bleeding can be exhausting. I recommend two or three cups of red raspberry leaf tea daily to strengthen the uterus, prevent heavy bleeding and balance hormones.

Three to five days of wet, slippery mucus 11-14 days before the next menstruation is a probable indicator of ovulation and a fertile cycle. Cycles are often 28-30 days from the first day of bleeding to the first day of the bleeding of the next menstruation.

However, irregular cycles do not indicate infertility. If the time between the last day of slippery mucus and the next menstruation is 11-16 days, the cycle is probably fertile. Even if one cycle is not fertile, the next may well be fertile.

Pay close attention to nutrition. Look for natural foods grown without chemicals. Heal your relationships with family and mate. Exercise in moderation. Drink plenty of pure water. Pray for the child you desire.

For more information, and a sample chart for fertile type mucus, download the free Fertility Awareness book available on this site at www.knowyourfertility.net. If you keep a careful chart for a few cycles and send the charts to me at mariezenack@gmail.com,  I will be glad to review your charts and make suggestions.

Blessings,

– Marie Zenack, www.knowyourfertility.net

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Charting the Fertile Mucus to Achieve Pregnancy

Observing and charting the fertile-type mucus (cervical mucus) is the best way to know your fertile time if you are hoping to conceive, even if your cycles are irregular.

Cervical Mucus is also the easiest fertile sign to observe, since it is noticed in the course of daily activity. It is produced by the cervix during the days when the ova are maturing and preparing for ovulation. This mucus is not only an indicator of fertility, it is essential for fertility. Cervical mucus nourishes the sperm, protects them from the natural acidity of the vagina, and guides them toward the ovum.

Here’s an simple way to observe and chart your fertile type mucus:
Pay attention to how you feel as you go about your daily activities. Just as you have learned to notice a certain wetness at menstruation, you will begin to notice a second wet time later in the cycle, a wet time without bleeding. The second wet time is caused by your fertile type mucus.

Each time you use the toilet, wipe with toilet paper both before and after you use the toilet, noticing: a) the sensation you feel as you wipe with toilet paper, b) what is on the toilet paper. If you do not use toilet paper in your culture, whatever way you clean yourself after using the toilet will be the way that you observe the mucus. Chart what you see and what you feel in any way that makes sense to you. Here is one way to chart.
1) Menstruation: mark the days of bleeding in some way, such as coloring the calendar day red.
2) Nothing: if you don’t see or feel anything outside your vagina, you can leave the calendar blank on those days.
3) Something: but if you see or feel something – anything – such as pasty or sticky mucus, or a feeling of wetness – draw a raindrop, on these days.
4) Slippery something: If the pasty or sticky mucus turns to slippery mucus or a slippery feeling, color the raindrop dark to indicate the slippery wetness.

After a few slippery wet days, the mucus may disappear or return to sticky or pasty. When it does, mark the LAST DAY of slippery wet mucus as the KEY DAY, and begin to count the days when no slippery mucus is noticed. In a normal fertile cycle, the time between the last day of slippery feeling and the next menstruation is between 11-16 days. You will become quite accurate about your predictions after you chart for a few cycles.

The slippery mucus time is your most fertile time, since fertile type is produced during the days leading up to and including ovulation. If you are trying to conceive, use the wet, slippery days for sexual relations. (Don’t try to use this information for birth control – avoiding pregnancy – unless you seek out a qualified teacher of fertility awareness or download and study the fertility awareness book on this site.)

Generally speaking, dark red bleeding for about three days indicates that hormones are high enough to build a good uterine lining and nourish a fetus in the event of conception. However, more than three days of dark red bleeding can be exhausting. In this case I recommend two or three cups of red raspberry leaf tea daily to strengthen the uterus and balance hormones.

Three to five days of wet, slippery mucus 11-14 days before the next menstruation is a probable indicator of normal ovulation and a fertile cycle. Cycles are often 28-30 days from the first day of bleeding to the first day of the bleeding of the next menstruation. However, irregular cycles do not indicate infertility. If the time between the last day of slippery mucus and the next menstruation is 11-16 days, the cycle is probably fertile. Even if one cycle is not fertile, the next may well be fertile.  If the time after ovulation and the next menstruation is less than 11 days, pay more attention to your nutrition.  Be sure to eat a few pasture-raised eggs each day.  Take a good pre-natal vitamin – making sure that the vitamins come from a food source.

Look for natural foods grown without chemicals. Heal your relationships with family and mate. Exercise in moderation. Drink plenty of pure water. Pray for the child you desire.

For more information, and a sample chart for fertile type mucus, download the free Fertility Awareness book available on this site. If you keep a careful chart for a few cycles and send the charts to me at mariezenack@gmail.com. I will be glad to review your charts and make suggestions.

Blessings,

Marie Zenack, www.knowyourfertility.com

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