Who am I?

My name is Avishag Maya, an herbalist and naturopath. I specialize in fertility and sexuality and I am a certified teacher of Fertility Awareness. I received my certification after a two year program studying under Michal Schonbrun in Israel.

How effective is this method for pregnancy prevention?

When used correctly, effectiveness of the method reaches nearly 100% and between 76% to 97% in typical use. The big gap in the typical use is created by referring to all the natural methods as one, while each one has a different efficacy. FAM has the highest efficacy of all, using the combination of 3 fertility signs.

From my experience as a teacher, and from my colleagues’ experiences,  we noticed a very high efficacy of 98%, when using the method correctly. The 2% failure rate was based on the failure of other means of contraceptives during the fertile days.

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Is it a new method?

Not at all, this is a method that has been around since the 1950s and is proven by research.

FAM as it exists today, was developed around the same time as the pill was released to the market. Actually, over 150 years ago, scientists began to notice the changing cervical secretions, the cervix and the temperature during the female cycle.

Only in the 50’s was the Billing's method formed. This method is based on tracking just the cervical secretions and was taught strictly by the Catholic Church.

In the 80’s, the Fertility Awareness Method was created, combining the tracking of three fertility signs, allowing much higher efficacy,  compared to other natural methods that exist today.

During the 90’s, FAM arrived to Israel from United States via Michal Schonbron and Katia Sider. Michal teaches the method and trains teachers til this day and I had the honor of being one of her students.

How long does the course take?

The course itself is about 7 hours long and is divided into 3 parts.

Applying the learned information for conception purposes can be done immediately.

In order to use the method as your primary device for birth control, there is an initial process of at least 3 months of practice, understanding and implementation of the material by tracking and filling out your charts.

Part of the course includes my personal guidance and I will be available to answer your personal questions as well as check and review your charts.

After I’ve reviewed 2 to 3 completed charts, and confidently say that you understand the method,  you could apply the method and rely on it to prevent pregnancy.

As I always say, it's very personal, as each one of us has her own rhythm.

Once I know the material will I be able to have sex without other forms of birth control for most of the month?

As you practice and internalize the materials, you will be able to slowly reduce the number of days you need to use birth control to only your fertile days each cycle.

What ages is FAM right for? Is the method suitable for teenagers?

FAM is right for any woman of fertile age. Although the information we will learn in this course is vital for very young women to know, I do not believe it is an appropriate method for very young women seeking a form of birth control. FAM demands the kind of maturity and readiness that is not always present in women at a very young age.

So condoms, or even the pill,  are better choices than getting pregnant by mistake. It's better to make sure that you are responsible enough, which is not necessarily a matter of age.

My perspective is that natural is amazing, but not at any price.

Can I use this method if my period is not regular?

Of course. Because the tracking happens on a daily basis and does not rely on statistical averages, this method is also right for women with irregular periods.

In a case of irregular cycles, you might need more patience. For example: if you experience very long cycles, let's say, 5 a year. It will take you more time to gain the same level of skill as a woman who has 12 cycles a year. 

Can I use this method while breastfeeding?

It is possible to use FAM only while entirely breastfeeding and in a different version than this course. I can instruct women who are breastfeeding and have studied and practiced fertility awareness previously on how to apply FAM to their current life.

After giving birth,  it’s  usually a much more  challenging state of living , so if you chose to use FAM, its important for me to stay closer to you and help you make sure you don’t get pregnant during that challenging time.

If your menstrual cycle has returned (if you have had at least one period since giving birth), you can take the regular course.

Is the method suitable only for married women?

In the 50’s when FAM was taught by the Catholic Church , it was taught only to married couples who, according to the church , were the only ones supposed to have intercourse.

Nowadays ….there is no such limitation.

What if my partner resists using the method?

Mostly men, and some women as well, resist something when they don’t understand it, which is the reason why I recommend that your partner read the handouts and watch the videos as well. It is then important to talk about it.  the more he understands and realizes how the method works, and what you are both getting involved in, he could feel more confident relying on it to prevent pregnancy and you could work together toward your mutual goal. If you need more information or advice I'm here for you, ready to talk to him or you both.

What if my partner resists using any contraceptive method?

Some men hold a negative attitude against preventing pregnancy, in most cases for the reason they want to have children. But each one has his own reason. Some men resist because of their religious beliefs that oppose pregnancy prevention.

When a couple shares the same interests and beliefs, it's great, but when they are not in sync,  it is challenging, especially when one might cross a boundary in having an opinion to actually act upon the resistance to prevent pregnancy. For example, men who sabotage the contraceptive method or prevent the woman from using such a method. Then it’s a problem.

I consider it having the same weight as a woman wanting a child against her partner’s will and getting pregnant by deceiving him.

In both cases, there is someone that believes he has the right to control the other’s body and life. And I perceive this as violence.

If you find yourself in such a situation,  where you feel that you can't prevent a pregnancy the way you like, there are few solutions that I can share with you, but will not mention here. Therefore,  you are welcome to contact me and we will try to find the best way for you. 

Is it true that during menstruation, Im not fertile?

During menstruation, there is a chance you can be fertile. Apparently, the body starts preparing for ovulation already when bleeding occurs. Women with short cycles can be fertile when they are bleeding and during the days following bleeding.

So, the assumption that during menstruation or the days right after you are not fertile, is wrong.

By knowing your hormonal patterns and the characteristics of your cycles, together with observing your fertility signs, you could know when your fertile days are actually happening.

Can I use the method if I don’t get my period at all?

If you don’t get your period at all, there may be a variety of possible reasons,  but it doesn’t necessarily mean that your body can suddenly ovulate.

For example, if you are breastfeeding, you might not experience ovulation and menstruation,  but according to the way you breastfeed, and your lifestyle,  ovulation will always appear before menstruation.

We can notice menstruation, but in order to notice ovulation you need to know how to track your cervical secretions.

If the reason you don’t get your period is due to a hormonal imbalance, such as high FSH,  high prolactin or high levels of testosterone that appears in polycystic ovarian syndrome , then I’d recommend taking some steps to balance your hormonal system.

When you take those steps to balance yourself,  it's recommended to track your fertility signs, using the tracking as a tool to follow the changes in your body due to the treatments and lifestyle changes you create. You can actually tell if the steps you are taking are good for you without bothering to do repeated blood tests.  You can then quickly identify your fertile days and act upon your goal.

Some women don’t get their period for very long periods of time and prefer starting to track their signs only after having their first period. You can choose this way as well.

I can feel when I ovulate, isn’t that enough?

Some women can feel a kind of pain on one of the sides of their lower belly. This sensation even has a name. It’s called –Mittelschmerz (German: middle pain).

I have been asked a lot whether a woman can use that sign, to know when she is ovulating and then act upon her goal – either preventing or achieving pregnancy.

For those who wish to prevent pregnancy – the answer is no. If you watched some of the videos already, you know that ovulation happens for 24 hours, but a woman is fertile a few days before. With FAM we don’t try to know exactly when ovulation occurs. Our purpose is to identify the fertility window.

Moreover, the ovulation pain, unlike the 3 signs we follow, is not necessarily consistent. A lot of women who feel that sensation say that it can be here and there, and that they will not feel ovulation at all or not in the same way in a different cycle.

Those changes happen usually together with lifestyle changes, nutrition changes, different level of stress and more.

Another thing that these factors can cause  is delayed ovulation. You might feel that pain but you will not ovulate. And only after a few days, or sometimes later, you might feel that sensation again, and only then will you actually ovulate. But you will not have any way to know that this is the case…unless you take your temperature every day.

So the bottom line is that it's not enough to solely rely on sensing the ovulation pain. You are fertile before you actually feel it.

And for those of you who wish to get pregnant, yes,  you can use that sensation to know when to have intercourse. But then again, you might only allow yourself a small window of opportunity. If you track your secretions you can have a wider fertility window. And with taking your temperature,  you can verify pregnancy.

Why can being overweight cause hormonal disorders?

Fat tissue is tissue that produces hormones. One of those hormones is estrogen. The same star of the  female cycle.  Our fat tissues also tend to accumulate hormones which arrive from external sources such as the food we eat, pesticides, plastic and more. Most of those external hormones are actually derivatives of estrogen.  Research shows a strong link between excess estrogen and conditions such as polyps, fibroids, and various cancers.

Excess estrogen can be derived from taking birth control pills and other medications that contain hormones.

In addition, being overweight in the first place can be a result of a hormonal imbalance such as hypothyroid or excess adrenal function which produces cortisol, the stress hormone.

Nowadays,  it's common to treat overweight people with a much more holistic approach. Therefore, instead of focusing on only losing weight, there is great support given to the hormonal glands, especially the thyroid and adrenal glands.

What does the efficacy of FAM depend on?

Studying with a certified teacher in an orderly manner

Ensuring guidance along every step of the way.

Ensuring a suitable amount of time for the study and practice of the method.

Precision when following the instructions and rules of the method.

FAM has a 97% efficacy in perfect use. But remember – statistics can't prevent pregnancy.  the efficacy is determined by the manner in which you apply the method.

Some factors can damage the efficacy such as – non consistent tracking, using drugs and alcohol, not writing down the signs and more reasons you can see on this video.

It's important for me to be honest- this method is not perfect.  it definitely has some disadvantages. The main one – is that unlike methods such as an IUD or tubal ligation, it requires your sense of judgment every time you have intercourse. Using FAM there is a bigger chance of making a mistake that can lead to an unwanted pregnancy, for the simple reason that we are human and we naturally make mistakes.

On the other hand, I offer you a complete set of tools, internalization and practice while professionally supporting you in the process that will minimize the chance of making a mistake. During this process, you will gain more and more self-confidence applying the method properly.

It doesn’t happen overnight- it’s a process. If you are open to learn and apply yourself  in the best way you can,  I will give you all the information and tools needed for understanding and applying the method successfully, easily and with peace of mind,  as many other pleased women have experienced.

Maybe you think it's weird that I’d tell you all that,  because in many other places you might be told all kinds of stories from people trying to sell you their product. This is not the situation. I don’t have any interest in selling you the FAM course or to take any responsibility for you. All I do is to share with you the path I discovered a few years ago that changed my life.  For me FAM opened the door to a whole new world in which I experienced my self-confidence rising, my sexuality developing and my self-love expanding. And yes among all of that, I also used it to prevent pregnancy since 2008.

How does it work?

As it turns out, during the menstrual cycle of each woman, including your own, there is a short window of several days in which you can conceive. These are your fertile days. The rest of the time you are not fertile and cannot conceive. The Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) will teach you to use daily checks to monitor three signs that tell you when you are fertile and when you are not. This makes it possible to prevent pregnancy or aid conception easily.

How Do I Know If The method Is For Me?

Learning Fertility Awareness Method is for anyone who is interested in familiarizing herself with her body and all its wonders.  It is for anyone who wants to have tools to help track and balance her health and hormonal system.

As such, learning the method is for anyone who is looking for a natural way to prevent pregnancy, without using artificial hormones. Alternately, it is also for anyone who, through understanding her fertility cycle, is planning on getting pregnant.

That being said, the method is not for everyone.

It is a process that takes time, patience and responsibility.  Studying the material and information is different than actually practicing the method.

Learning the method doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be able to rely on it to prevent pregnancy, but at the end of the course, you will have enough information to know which way is right for you for right now.  Perhaps later on, your situation will change and you will be able to come back to the method.

You will need to dedicate time and patience in order to learn your body’s rhythm and patterns.  You should take this into consideration if you are trying to conceive here and now, or if you are looking for a means of birth control.

Tracking your fertility signs and using the method differs from taking birth control pills, which creates a static situation for the length of your monthly cycle. Without the pill, you might feel the hormonal fluctuations happening in your body. You might notice very nice and interesting patterns and you might experience patterns that are less pleasant such as pains, moods and other symptoms, of which you can treat and balance. On the other hand, if you tend to suffer from different symptoms for taking the pills, they are expected to be gone shortly after you get off the pill

Our hormonal cycle is affected by night sleep, flights and nutritional deficiencies. So if you work night shifts, or fly very often or suffer from severe nutritional deficiency or an eating disorder, it can be challenging and in some cases impossible to rely on the method to prevent pregnancy.  Therefore it's recommended to use the method in a more balanced and stable lifestyle.

In case you experience an unbalanced hormonal system, or different diseases for which you take different medications, it might be more challenging to be able to rely on the method to prevent pregnancy and it might take more time and patience. You might need to take have some treatments that will allow you to get stronger and balanced. It doesn’t mean you can't start tracking your fertility signs. It's even recommended to follow them and see the chart changing as you are become more balanced and stronger.

If you are right after birth or breastfeeding, the online course is not enough for you. In this case, I recommend that you have more personal guidance, and be followed more intensely by me.

Unlike other methods, applying the fertility awareness method requires you to take responsibility for your own body. A lot of women are scared of the concept of responsibility, but after you learn the language of your body, and its patterns, you actually learn to trust yourself and your body.  That kind of responsibility feels so right.

The sensations of reclaiming your body increases.

From my experience and the experience of others, the sensation of loving your body increases as well.

If my responses haven't yet answered your question on whether the method is right for you, you are welcome to contact me and we can figure it out together.

How do I know if learning the method through an online course is suitable for me?

There are few ways to learn the Fertility Awareness Method and each woman should choose the way that is most suitable for her.

Nowadays, you can learn the method privately with a certified teacher or in a small group of women. You can learn it through reading a book or by taking the online course.

In order to know what way is right for you, I recommend that you ask yourself some questions such as :

What is my goal?

Do I feel comfortable using the internet as a learning tool?

Do I like watching videos and webinars, taking the course at my own rhythm at home?

Or do I prefer to be part of a study group,  with a teacher that I can meet face to face?

Or maybe I need private lessons that will guide me personally at my own pace and needs.  Private lessons that might come with a kind of treatment and emotional support guiding me through changes in my life.

Do I have a FAM certified teacher close by?

Am I that kind of person that can sit with a book and study by myself in a deep, profound way?

If your goal is to prevent pregnancy, it's important to learn the method profoundly, from a professional source, who allows you to ask questions and can give you support.  From my experience , questions and challenges might come up along the way, therefore, it's important to have a teacher to turn to  when needed.

Choosing the right way for you will allow you to apply the method with the highest efficacy. 

Why should I learn the method through an online course?

Now I will tell you the great advantages of taking an online course, so you could determine if it’s the right way for you:

  1. You can do it from anywhere in the world, at any time, at your own pace, without having to adapt yourself to a group rhythm, place and schedule.
  2. You can repeat the course again and again and see the material over and over again as much as you need, unlike a regular course in which you can hear the information only once. From my experience during the group sessions you get so much new information and many important little details that it's just impossible to implement it all after hearing them only once, causing misunderstandings along the way which can damage the efficacy of applying the method.
  3. While taking the online course you can ask questions at any point and additionally you can read the Q&As that many others have asked before.
  4. FAM groups are usually very small and intimate. And that kind of intimacy is impossible to form through the web. On the other hand, taking an online course means that you are part of a large and diverse group of women. The great advantage is that you can be exposed to all different stories, experiences, and advice from women who share similar life events as yours.In a small group you might be the only one that is going through a certain medical situation or practicing a certain religion or customs. While taking the online course, you are able to reach more women and receive support and inspiration on a wider scale.
  5. In a regular course, we have a limited time frame, and as a teacher, I know that while the clock is ticking, I sometimes find myself having to skip some information, usually the extras that I like to give regarding our body, health and sexuality. And here, within the online course, there is no time limit, or late hour that is challenging our concentrations. Here I can add more and more information and you can learn it as you like, when you like, and pick the subjects that are more relevant for you.
  6. If your dilemma is whether to take the online course or learn from a book, I must say that from my experience, learning from a book is suitable only for women that want to achieve pregnancy and have normal cycles. The book is not enough if your goal is to prevent pregnancy for the reason that it's important to have the ability to ask questions, consult and have your charts reviewed. More and more, I run into women who read books and articles teaching the information of the method and then had an unwanted pregnancy. I love books and I recommend reading them, I even made a list of books , films and reading sources I recommend using to enrich your knowledge and your investigation.

If you are not sure yet whether the online course is right for you, you may contact me and I would love to help you find the best way for you.

If I want to conceive, do I need to take the full version of the course?

If your goal is to conceive, you don’t need the full course. You can take the short version that is dedicated to how to achieve pregnancy faster and easily.
With it you will learn how to track 2 out of 3 of your fertility signs and recognize your fertility window in which you should have intercourse.
You could also send me your charts and, assuming that your cycles are normal and everything is ok, as well as with your partner, you can expect pregnancy within 1 to 4 cycles. Of course there is no guarantee, sometimes it might take longer but after 4 months if there is no pregnancy it's when we start checking with a doctor, trying to find the reason that might keep a pregnancy from happening.

If, for whatever reason, your hormonal system is not balanced, the full version has more information regarding the different imbalance states that might occur. Some of those imbalanced situations are due to normal phases in life such as postpartum (after birth) or pre-menopause, which are natural situations of hormonal transformation. Other situations might be caused by imbalance, weakness or diseases, which we can support with different tools from natural medicine or regular medicine, as well.

Some women prefer to take the full version, although they only wish to get pregnant now, but later on after birth they know they will want to prevent pregnancy with the method or use it for other purposes.

Remember that even if you decide to take the short version now, you could upgrade to the full version in the future.

How fast can I apply the method in order to conceive?

Actually right away, as you will now have all of the information.  I will teach you how to track 2 out of 3 of your fertility signs and recognize your fertility window in which you should have intercourse.

You could also send me your charts and, assuming that your cycles are normal and everything is ok, as well as with your partner, you can expect pregnancy within 1 to 4 cycles. Of course there is no guarantee, sometimes it might take longer, but after 4 months if there is no pregnancy, this is when we would check with a doctor, to try and find the reason that might prevent a pregnancy from happening.

What’s included with your personal guidance? 

The personal guidance that you would receive means the following:


  • you can send me your questions at any time and you can refer to questions and answers that other women have asked

  • once in a while, I will invite you to join webinars, in which I will answer questions as well as provide more information that might serve you on your way to knowing your body

  • you can send me your charts for review during the course - 6 times as a part of the full version or 3 times as part of the short version

  • one Skype meeting with me - according to your needs and schedule
  • Later on, in case you will need more personal guidance, through Skype or a face to face meeting- we could set an appointment outside of the course framework, at an extra, reasonable charge

In the fourth part of the course, I will provide you with  information from the world of natural medicine and sacred sexuality, so you could enrich yourself and support your process. If you feel you need a meeting with me, by yourself or with your partner, I'm here for you. And you can read about the different sessions I offer right here.

Is the method suitable for women that keep Nidda?

Yes it is. Apparently, FAM is very popular among religious Jewish women, as they can't use some other birth control methods.

Some women hold onto the fear that using FAM will decrease the days they can have intercourse.  But actually, using FAM will allow you to know when you are fertile and when you are not.  And what you choose to do with that information is completely up to you.

There are women that wish to prevent pregnancy so they avoid intercourse during their fertile days. While others use other birth control methods such as diaphragm and spermicide.

The choice during those days is usually affected by your religious stream and your rabbi /spiritual guide’s advice.

How can my partner be more active in the process of tracking my fertility signs?

Although it seems that I am mostly addressing women, I definitely address men as well. I'm glad to tell you that there are a lot of men who wish to be more involved in the process of achieving or preventing pregnancy, and the Fertility Awareness Method is definitely supportive of that, more than any other method.

FAM encourages open conversation regarding all subjects which come up as part of the process of creating a collaboration.

From my experience, the learning and applying of FAM, opens the door to deeper connection and intimacy with each other. As much as the woman receives the legitimacy to feel her body and the changes within, so does the man, as  it's more possible to connect to those places within you.

There is something about becoming more familiar with that amazing fertility mechanism of the woman that opens more space for love and a dialogue for development.

There are men who fill out the chart together with their partner, reminding her to take her temperature in the morning, analyzing the chart and are able to tell when the fertile phase begins and ends.

When you, as a man, are more involved using the method, it allows your partner to feel your care and support, with a sense of partnership along the way.

If I chose to apply FAM, does it mean that I have to take my temperature every day?

In the beginning of learning the method, I encourage you to consistently monitor your temperature daily. After acquiring enough skill and experience,  and after sending me your first few charts, you could move to the third part of the course and learn the shortcuts, where you will learn on which days you must take your temperature, and on which days you can skip it.

Can I use the method while I'm on the pill /hormonal ring /hormonal IUD?

The answer is no.  You can learn the information,  but it's impossible to track the fertility signs and apply the method because the use of hormones paralyzes the natural hormonal mechanism that creates our cycle and fertility.

Therefore,  it's impossible to notice any fertility signs or be able to track them.

It doesn’t mean that you need to stop using hormones right away, you can study the lessons of the course and <span style="text-decoration: underline;">only</span> when you feel it’s right for you, can you stop using the hormones and start tracking your signs.

Take into consideration, that after getting off the hormones, your body will go through a transition period until it returns to its natural patterns.

Each woman might experience a different transition period.  Some women go back to ovulate regularly and normally quite immediately after getting off the hormones. While for other women, it takes more time,  even up to a year or more until their body returns to it’s patterns prior the pill, for example.

A lot of women start taking the pill at a very young age, and not necessarily to prevent pregnancy. In most cases, using the pill at a very young age is used to "solve" problems such as severe acne or irregular cycles, but actually taking the pill doesn’t solve those situations, and the same symptoms might return again the moment they get off the pill.

By taking the course you could understand some of the most common situations and their possible reasons, while getting to know tools from the world of natural medicine to balance your self.

Once I know the information, could I have intercourse during most of my cycle without any other contraceptives?

At the start of learning and practicing the method, and during most of your cycle,  you'll have to use another complementary contraceptive method. With more time and practice, you can slowly reduce the days in which you will need to use other contraceptive methods to the point at which you will only need them for your fertility window.

Why can ovulation cause pain?

Some women, during ovulation, get the sensation of pressure, dull pain or actually strong pangs of pain.  There are two common theories regarding this sensation:

The first is when LH reaches the ovary, in order to create ovulation. This means removing the egg from her follicle so it can get to the fallopian tube. This causes the tiny muscles around the ovary to contract in order to move the egg.  You might then feel a pain that comes and goes, of a pulsating-like pressure.

The other common reason that usually refers to a different kind of sensation where the follicles in the ovary that grow significantly larger toward ovulation, take up more space and cause pressure that might be painful. That pain will be more static.

The important thing to remember is that LH appears about 24 hours before ovulation. But you are fertile before LH appears. Keep in mind that sperm can live in your body up to 5 days, waiting for the egg to show up.

Will I need to abstain from intercourse for long time while learning and using the method?

Actually you don’t need to abstain from intercourse at all, unless you choose to abstain during your fertile days, which usually last for 7-8 days each cycle. The number of days can vary according to the cycle, your age and the state of fertility.

You can also choose to use another contraceptive method during those days, such as condoms and a diaphragm with different spermicides.

We will discuss the different contraceptives and how to choose the right one for you during the course.

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On Which Platform The On Line Course Is Hosted? What is udemy?

FAM on line COURSE IS HOSTED IN THE PLATFORM OF WWW.UDEMY.COM Udemy is the world's largest destination for online courses, training, and tutorials. Courses are offered across a breadth of categories, including business and entrepreneurship, academics, the arts, health and fitness, language, music,…

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How does it work?

As it turns out, during the menstrual cycle of each woman, including your own, there is a short window of several days in which you can conceive. These are your fertile days. The rest of the time you are not…

Read more

How effective is this method for pregnancy prevention?

When used correctly, effectiveness of the method reaches nearly 100% and between 76% to 97% in typical use. The big gap in the typical use is created by referring to all the natural methods as one, while each one has…

Read more

Is it a new method?

Not at all, this is a method that has been around since the 1950s and is proven by research. FAM as it exists today, was developed around the same time as the pill was released to the market. Actually, over 150…

Read more

What does the efficacy of FAM depend on?

Studying with a certified teacher in an orderly manner Ensuring guidance along every step of the way. Ensuring a suitable amount of time for the study and practice of the method. Precision when following the instructions and rules of the method. FAM has a…

Read more

How long does the course take?

The course itself is about 7 hours long and is divided into 3 parts.  Applying the learned information for conception purposes can be done immediately.  In order to use the method as your primary device for birth control, there is an initial…

Read more

Who are you?

My name is Avishag Maya, an herbalist and naturopath. I specialize in fertility and sexuality and I am a certified teacher of Fertility Awareness. I received my certification after a two year program studying under Michal Schonbrun in Israel.

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Once I know the material will I be able to have sex without other forms of birth control for most…

As you practice and internalize the materials, you will be able to slowly reduce the number of days you need to use birth control to only your fertile days each cycle.

Read more

Can I use this method if my period is not regular?

Of course. Because the tracking happens on a daily basis and does not rely on statistical averages, this method is also right for women with irregular periods. In a case of irregular cycles, you might need more patience. For example: if…

Read more

What ages is FAM right for? Is the method suitable for teenagers?

FAM is right for any woman of fertile age. Although the information we will learn in this course is vital for very young women to know, I do not believe it is an appropriate method for very young women seeking…

Read more

How Do I Know If The Method Is For Me?

Learning Fertility Awareness Method is for anyone who is interested in familiarizing herself with her body and all its wonders.  It is for anyone who wants to have tools to help track and balance her health and hormonal system.  As such,…

Read more

How do I know if learning the method through an online course is suitable for me?

There are few ways to learn the Fertility Awareness Method and each woman should choose the way that is most suitable for her. Nowadays, you can learn the method privately with a certified teacher or in a small group of women.…

Read more

Can I use this method while breastfeeding?

It is possible to use FAM only while entirely breastfeeding and in a different version than this course. I can instruct women who are breastfeeding and have studied and practiced fertility awareness previously on how to apply FAM to their…

Read more

Why should I learn the method through an online course?

Now I will tell you the great advantages of taking an online course, so you could determine if it’s the right way for you: If you are not sure yet whether the online course is right for you, you may contact…

Read more

If I want to conceive, do I need to take the full version of the course?

If your goal is to conceive, you don’t need the full course. You can take the short version that is dedicated to how to achieve pregnancy faster and easily. With it you will learn how to track 2 out of 3…

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How fast can I apply the method in order to conceive?

Actually right away, as you will now have all of the information.  I will teach you how to track 2 out of 3 of your fertility signs and recognize your fertility window in which you should have intercourse. You could also…

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Is the method suitable only for married women?

In the 50’s when FAM was taught by the Catholic Church , it was taught only to married couples who, according to the church , were the only ones supposed to have intercourse. Nowadays ….there is no such limitation.

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Is the method suitable for women that keep Nidda?

Yes it is. Apparently, FAM is very popular among religious Jewish women, as they can't use some other birth control methods. Some women hold onto the fear that using FAM will decrease the days they can have intercourse.  But actually, using…

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What if my partner resists using the method?

Mostly men, and some women as well, resist something when they don’t understand it, which is the reason why I recommend that your partner read the handouts and watch the videos as well. It is then important to talk about…

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What if my partner resists using any contraceptive method?

Some men hold a negative attitude against preventing pregnancy, in most cases for the reason they want to have children. But each one has his own reason. Some men resist because of their religious beliefs that oppose pregnancy prevention. When a…

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How can my partner be more active in the process of tracking my fertility signs?

Although it seems that I am mostly addressing women, I definitely address men as well. I'm glad to tell you that there are a lot of men who wish to be more involved in the process of achieving or preventing…

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If I chose to apply FAM, does it mean that I have to take my temperature every day?

In the beginning of learning the method, I encourage you to consistently monitor your temperature daily. After acquiring enough skill and experience,  and after sending me your first few charts, you could move to the third part of the course…

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Can I use the method while I'm on the pill /hormonal ring /hormonal IUD?

The answer is no.  You can learn the information,  but it's impossible to track the fertility signs and apply the method because the use of hormones paralyzes the natural hormonal mechanism that creates our cycle and fertility.  Therefore,  it's impossible to…

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Can I use the method if I don’t get my period at all?

If you don’t get your period at all, there may be a variety of possible reasons,  but it doesn’t necessarily mean that your body can suddenly ovulate. For example, if you are breastfeeding, you might not experience ovulation and menstruation,  but…

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Is it true that during menstruation, I'm not fertile?

During menstruation, there is a chance you can be fertile. Apparently, the body starts preparing for ovulation already when bleeding occurs. Women with short cycles can be fertile when they are bleeding and during the days following bleeding. So, the assumption…

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