here’s the sad truth:
we live in a culture that sees sexuality as either something to be feared & ashamed of, or something used as a means to another end—something that when it looks & feels a certain way it is useful for selling something, achieving wealth, gaining power. we grow up without much direction for what a healthy 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 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. this information 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.
contraception services include:
menstrual cycle intro (online group class): perfect place to start for beginners to cycle charting! includes discussion of the hormones of the menstrual cycle (super important for understanding the fertility awareness method), the different phases of the cycle, what happens during each phase, and basics of observing cervical fluid and basal body temperatures (the two primary fertility signals). offered once a month! one scholarship per class available.
chart reviews (online or in-person private session): are you looking to better understand what your cycle is telling you? 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.
cervical fluid session (online or in-person private session): let’s dive into cervical fluid! this is perhaps the most important signal for understanding your fertility. we can discuss options for observing cervical fluid, how to make it a habit / part of your daily routine, how to interpret what you see, how to troubleshoot difficulties!
cycle charting workshops (in-person): offered at various times & places throughout the year in madison, wi and other locations. contact for more info or to set up a class!
group classes that will be offered soon (early 2019):
barriers, withdrawal, & herbal allies: discover your ideal 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
menstruation & cycle charting for young folks: the pre-teens & teens in your life deserve this info too! age-appropriate info on the menstrual cycle, hormones, changing bodies, sexuality, & consent.