“we are told by the medical industrial complex how our body is supposed to look, how our body is supposed to behave, and what ‘health’ means, but in reality we already know a lot about our bodies. politicizing womb health is about reclaiming our autonomy of our own bodies.”
— La Loba Loca

here’s the sad truth:

we live in a time & culture that sees sexuality as something to be feared or feel shame around, while simultaneously giving us the message that sexuality is a means to another end, and is useful for selling products, achieving wealth, & gaining power.

we grow up without much direction for what a healthy & safe sexual relationship with ourselves and with others could look like. many of us became sexually active without knowing much about ourselves at all—we never get the chance to learn how our bodies work, how pregnancy & fertility works, what we desire, what is okay to want & not want, how to set boundaries, how to explore, how to communicate with our partner(s), how to communicate with our selves. 

so what can we do?

learning to chart the menstrual cycle is a huge step in reclaiming our bodies—to use them in the ways we want them to be used.  the information gained in this practice can be used to prevent pregnancy, to achieve pregnancy (via intercourse or insemination), or to better understand the body that moves us through the world.  this information is personal, intimate, political, empowering, transformational, simple, and life-changing.  you deserve to understand how your body works.

teaching at the campus women’s center, 2016

teaching at the campus women’s center, 2016

menstrual cycle charting, or the fertility awareness method (FAM), is the daily practice of observing cervical fluid patterns, basal body temperature patterns, and cervical patterns. all of this information is recorded on a paper chart or charting app, and interpreted day by day. the experienced FAM user can tell you on any given day if they are in their fertile window (meaning intercourse or insemination could lead to pregnancy) or if they are in an infertile part of the cycle.

currently offered classes & sessions:

perfect for beginners! discussion cycle hormones, phases of the cycle, and basics of observing cervical fluid and basal body temperatures (the two primary fertility signals). online group class.

all about the (scientifically studied!) rules & guidelines for preventing pregnancy using the fertility awareness method without hormones. online group class.

this 3 part series covers everything you need to know to use the fertility awareness method as your primary birth control. includes a hard copy of the fertility awareness method workbook. online group class.

the teens & pre-teens in your life deserve this info too! age-appropriate info on the menstrual cycle, hormones, changing bodies, sexuality, & consent. online group class.

whether this is a completely new subject or you’ve already done a little self-teaching, it definitely doesn’t hurt to learn all the ins & outs of the method. during these sessions we will come up with a learning goals outline and discuss whatever it is you need help with—from finding cervical fluid, understanding the hormones, knowing how to apply the fertility awareness rules, figuring out what your cycle is trying to tell you, or whatever else it is you need support with. online or in-person private session.

do you need some help interpreting your cervical fluid observations or have some questions about your charting technique? are you unsure about what days are infertile and what days are fertile? let’s look at your charts! a minimum of three charts required. online or in-person private session.

offered at various times & places throughout the year in madison, wi and other locations. these workshops can include pad making, menstrual product options, menstrual cycle charting (for birth control, conception & pregnancy, young folks), and so much more! contact for more info or to set up a class!

use barriers, withdrawal, & herbal allies to discover your ideal birth control tool kit! there are so many options for preventing pregnancy while staying away from hormones. use these in conjunction with fertility awareness charting and you got yourself a pretty sweet birth control set-up.
coming soon!

learn the language of your uterus! how to observe, interpret, and chart your cervical fluid patterns, what can affect cervical fluid, how to tell the difference between fluid and other secretions, what’s normal & what’s not, and more!
coming soon!

 

for more info, contact or email ashley.hartman.annis@gmail.com