Before the invention of manufactured contraceptives, women had to rely on natural methods as well as the knowledge they had acquired about how their bodies worked. Even with the many forms of artificial contraception available today, women can still do themselves a huge favor by learning exactly how to monitor and comprehend their own natural cycles at the Fertility Awareness Center in New York City. Unlike Natural Family Planning (N.F.P.) which has strong opinions on who should or shouldn't be sexually active and what sexual activity they should engage in, the Fertility Awareness Center welcomes and teaches all women in a non-sectarian context regardless of their sexual orientation, sexual habits, and religious beliefs. In addition, the Center teaches women to incorporate spermicides, condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps in conjunction with fertility awareness to prevent the spread or contraction of STD's and pregnancy when intercourse occurs during a fertile period. But how does a woman know when she is fertile?

"It's based on day to day body observation," states Director Ilene Richman. "There are three primary fertility signals: A woman's basal body temperature, which is measured first thing in the morning before any activity, cervical fluid or mucus, and lastly, the position of the cervix." The tire workshop is anywhere from six to seven hours which is divided into two or three sessions with a follow up session scheduled after that. Fertility training allows women to monitor their gynecological and overall well-being as well as provide a very effective way of getting pregnant (97-100% when used correctly), a great way to keep a pregnancy.

For any modern woman wanting to have more control over how and when she has children, the knowledge that comes from this training is

Ilene Richman
Fertility Awareness Center
PO Box 1190
New York, NY 10009-1190


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