When it comes to cycle tracking, there are so many options! The FEMM method (Fertility Education and Medical Management) has emerged in recent years and is a comprehensive approach to fertility management that combines natural family planning with medical diagnosis and treatment.
FEMM is unique in that it offers a natural family planning method that is based on the latest scientific research. This method allows women to identify their fertile and infertile days with a high degree of accuracy by observing physical changes caused by the hormones Estrogen, Progesterone, Luteinizing hormone as well as follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).
This information can be used to help identify potential fertility issues such as irregular cycles or hormonal imbalances, which can then be addressed through medical management.
How the FEMM technique works
Cycle tracking: The FEMM approach starts with cycle tracking, which involves observing and recording certain signs and symptoms that are associated with the menstrual cycle. This includes monitoring basal body temperature, cervical mucus, and other physical and emotional symptoms.
Charting: Once the data is collected, it is recorded in a chart to help identify patterns and predict ovulation. This information can be used to help women identify their fertile and infertile days with a high degree of accuracy.
Medical management: In addition to natural family planning, FEMM also includes medical management to address any underlying health issues that may be affecting fertility. This may involve diagnostic testing – such as blood tests and ultrasounds – to identify hormonal imbalances or other issues that may be affecting fertility. Treatment options may include medication, surgery, or other interventions depending on the underlying condition.
Counseling and support: FEMM also provides counseling and support to help women better understand their fertility and make informed decisions about their reproductive health. This may involve education on the risks and benefits of different contraceptive methods, as well as guidance on how to manage fertility-related health conditions.
By combining natural family planning with medical diagnosis and treatment, FEMM offers a holistic and personalized approach to fertility management that can help women achieve their fertility goals while maintaining their overall health and well-being.
The Premom app is friendly to anyone utilizing the FEMM method to chart data observed throughout their hormonal cycles.
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