Elizabeth Wessling, FCP
The world of NFP (Natural Family Planning) has many different options to choose from. How does one choose one method over the other? The Creighton Model FertilityCare System is easy, inexpensive and does not take a lot of time. But that is not why I want you to choose this system. Today I am sharing with you the top 5 reasons why you should choose the Creighton Model.
No fancy equipment needed.
With the Creighton model the only tool you need are your own two hands. Some methods require the use of thermometers, ovulation kits or test strips. The Creighton model uses mucus, specifically cervical mucus, as the main biomarker of fertility. Using this biomarker alone has proven to be one of the most accurate ways of observing fertility. So, if you can test how much mucus stretches between your two fingers you can use the Creighton Model.
It is a shared system.
Both partners must fully learn how the system works so they can both be active participants in their fertility. The Creighton model has a saying… The woman observes, the couple uses. Yes, it is true, only the woman can make the observations, but the partner can help in other ways. Some men take the role of recording observations and making sure the chart is always up to date. In this way the responsibility of tracking fertility is shared but it does not stop there. The fertility of the day should be discussed as well as the intention of use (to avoid or achieve pregnancy). Together they put that intention into practice. Speaking of putting intentions into practice…
If there is an intention to avoid pregnancy, then all genital contact on days of fertility is avoided. So, what does a couple do to connect on these days? It would not be healthy to just avoid each other all together. There are more ways to interact with our spouses that can lead to a deeper intimacy that does not include genital contact. Practicing chastity in marriage can be difficult but it can also be rewarding. That is where SPICE comes it. SPICE stands for the Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Creative and Emotion aspects of communication and sexuality. Attention to all aspects of our sexuality leads to valuing our spouses as a whole person whether we are avoiding or achieving a pregnancy. The CrMS values this and gives young women and couples the tools they need to foster the development of SPICE in their lives. The result is successful implementation of the system and a more personal level of communication between spouses.
It works for any reproductive category.
The Creighton Model has successful instruction for so many different reproductive categories. Whether you are breastfeeding, post-pill, pregnant, or pre-menopausal the Creighton Model can be used. You might ask, “What if my cycles are not always regular?”. To that we say, “No problem!”. Women who have long, short, or regular cycles can all use the CrMS successfully. It’s that good!
NaProTECHNOLOGY (Natural Procreative Technology) is a women’s health science that monitors and maintains a woman’s reproductive and gynecological health. It provides medical and surgical treatments that cooperate completely with the reproductive system. Specially trained medical providers like physician’s, nurse practitioners and physician assistants offer NaProTECHNOLOGY all over the United States. They have helped women who have Infertility, painful menstrual cramps, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), ovarian cysts, irregular or abnormal bleeding, Polycystic ovarian disease, repetitive miscarriage, Postpartum Depression, hormonal abnormalities, chronic discharges and more. NaProTECHNOLOGY aims at treating the underlying cause of these problems without the use of hormonal contraceptives that only mask the symptoms. Using the charted cycles NaProTECHNOLOGY providers can precisely time testing, make diagnoses and order specialized treatments. No other NFP method can do that! If you want to know more visit www.naprotechnology.com.
Can you see how this truly is a whole SYSTEM? I hope this article has shed some light on what the Creighton Model Fertility Care System can do for you. It has transformed the lives of so many people and I know it can do that for you too. If you are intrigued but still have some questions Ashwood FertilityCare has a sign up for free 15-minute Clarity Calls available on our website at www.ashwoodfertilitycare.com .
As we come to the end of January 2021, some of us are moving forward in our goals and already seeing great amounts of growth as we take on this New Year and all that it has for us. Some of us are still in deep reflection of 2020 and sorting out where we want to go from here.
Over the past 4 weeks, I have been teaching more than 70 women in our 30-Day Seed Cycling Challenge about the functions and beauty of the natural hormones of the female menstrual cycles.
This 30-Day Challenge has been less about Seed Cycling and taking a supplement with promised results of "balance" and life-changing results after "Just 30-Days"; and much more about bringing awareness and reflection to each woman's unique natural cycle.
This week I reminded the challenge members to STOP and remember not to get overwhelmed in our quest to see a massive change in our menstrual cycles.
Remembering to focus on our mindset:
I have a Good Body, with a UNIQUE natural cycle!
Don’t label your cycle normal or abnormal, healthy or unhealthy, balanced or unbalanced. It is unique and it is yours.
We have the choice to Understand it, Embrace it, and Love it! Even though it can at times be challenging.
Understanding and being aware of where we are in our cycle is the first step in even thinking about "Living in Sync" or Embracing our cycle.
4 weeks ago most members of our 30-Day Seed Cycling Challenge Group most likely were not open and regularly talking about their natural cycles. But these women (some for the first time) are now shouting out in our Facebook group; #TeamEstrogen and #TeamProgesterone describing the phase of their menstrual cycle they are currently experiencing.
Each woman is becoming more aware of her natural cycle. Her normal, natural, and unique cycle!
If you have heard of "Cycle Syncing", you may have thought, that sounds like a lot of work! "I’m not cut out for that!"
Well frankly, I’m not cut out for bad PMS and high anxiety! So I choose to lean in and become more aware of what phase of my cycle that I'm in and how the cyclic variation of natural hormones are affecting me. I am then able to maximize my powers in each phase of my cycle instead of working against them and just trying to survive!
Learning a lot of information and wanting to take all of the massive action all at once will cause exhaustion and burnout. When we choose to make a massive change in our lifestyle we need to pick one or 2 goals at a time and build one more on at a time. This then allows us to know which changes are actually benefiting our system and which changes perhaps are not making a difference at all.
The first step to "Living in Sync" with our natural cycles is to learn how to identify ovulation and tracking it. If you have not yet attended a FREE Ashwood FertilityCare Introductory Session of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, then we invite you to do so or invite a friend that you know NEEDS this information. (Hint, every woman you know NEEDS this information!)
The next steps for "Living in Sync" are considering what we eat, how we exercise and practicing self-care in each phase of our cycle. This allows us to optimize how we feel and function in each phase!
Want to learn more about what to consider in your nutrition, exercise, and self-care throughout your cycle?
You can join our 30-Day Seed Cycling Challenge and enjoy all the past 4 weeks of teaching or enjoy this replay video from Week 4 - Living In Sync.
You can even Join in the challenge and complete this week's Action Step
Week 4 - Action Steps - #LivingInSync
Create a post on any social media account this week and Shout out how you are #LivingInSync with your natural cycle. Please tag @ashwoodfertilitycare in your post.
I'm so excited to see this growing movement of women joining together to normalize ovulation and menstruation! Today we look back and are grateful for the women who fought for women's right to vote. I hope that our daughters will look back and be grateful for how we fought for women's right to live fully in their natural cycles.
Are you with me!?
Kari Beadner, CFCP, CBD (cbi)
Founder of Ashwood FertilityCare Center and Author of "Charting Health for Young Women"
You have heard me say it before... the most frequently asked question I get asked as a Wholistic Women's Health Advocate is: "Why didn't anyone tell me about naturally navigating my fertility and menstrual cycles sooner?"
Most recently I have observed mothers asking about what type of birth control others would recommend for their teen daughters. In mom's groups, I see hundreds of responses of the different birth control recommendations and then I respond with a comment about teaching their daughters about the natural cycles and seeking NaPro Technology for their challenges. Usually, my comment is overlooked in the sea of Birth control pill types, IUD suggestions, and stories for how "life-changing" birth control has been for their daughters in taking away their pain and "lightening their periods." my heart is in a puddle of tears as I know the "life-changing effects" these young women will have the longer they stay on birth control.
Last night was different!
A mom of a 13-year-old asked for help for her daughter's heavy periods and painful cramps. I commented: "Please don’t put her on birth control. I work with young girls and help them get access to NaPro Technology. I have a period tip sheet of how to deal with this that I can offer you. PM me"
I received a flood of PMs and requests for help! It is amazing to see that such a large number of women and moms are being told that the Birth Control Pill is the only help for their "period problems!"
What is more alarming is that moms believe that this "band-aide" approach is the best help for their daughters
Was this your story? Were you given Birth Control Pills as a young woman? Were you told this was the only fix for your period problems?
My client load is full of women who are dealing with the ill effects of Birth Control Pill use. Nutritional deficiencies, Hormonal imbalances, Anxiety, Depression, Infertility, and Miscarriage. Some have never known life with a natural menstrual cycle because they have had a synthetic hormone running the show for the majority of her life!
Most alarming still is that women have accepted this lie for now more than 60 years!!
For 60 years women have been told that Birth Control would give them the freedom that they desire and make everything better for them. From that point on education about our natural cycles and the very important fact that it takes 3-5 years for young girls to observe "normal cycles" have been brushed under the rug.
Women have accepted the Lie that to be a woman is to be: " in pain, dealing with PMS, Period problems and being hormonal" It some women have come to the point of saying "I hate being a woman and I hope I never have a daughter!"
But I want to scream from the mountain tops... There is a BETTER WAY!!
What if we reject the Lie!?
How would our work be different if:
We began to speak truth to women of all ages that they have been created with a good body with a unique natural cycle!
What if we told women that charting and navigating the beautiful natural cycles of fertility are what it is to be a woman?
What if it was normal for mothers to teach their daughters about all the beautiful reasons that they love being a woman because they have all been able to Understand, Embrace and Love their Natural Cycles?
What if mothers became excited to pass this life-giving information down to their daughters?
What if they knew that there are well-trained quality medical providers who are willing to listen to the menstrual challenges and work cooperatively with their bodies to find REAL SOLUTIONS to the underlying causes of any discomfort?
THIS IS NOT JUST A DREAM!
This is the true reality for ALL of our
Ashwood FertilityCare clients and our daughters!
Join the Movement!
If you have not yet learned how wonderful your body is join us for a FREE Intro Session of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System LIVE webinars available!
There is also still time to Join our 30-Day Seed Cycling Challenge where I have been giving a FREE Weekly training All about natural Hormones.
Sign up to get the replays!
If you have a daughter of any age begin learning about my
Young Woman Education Programs
for guiding your Daughter through Puberty, Adolescence, and Womanhood
without Birth Control!
If you have not yet been blessed with a daughter of your own,
think about the other Mothers and Young Women in your life
who need this "Life-changing" information.
HINT: Everywoman you know needs this!
Kari Beadner, CFCP, CBD (cbi)
Founder of Ashwood FertilityCare Center
No matter how long you have been following my work as a FertilityCare Instructor and Doula, you know that I am passionate about women learning about how their natural bodies work.
In 2012, I was 31 years old, a new mom, and inspired to begin teaching the Creighton Model FertilityCare System. Inspired by my own need to KNOW how my body worked and a natural way to navigate my fertility, I also needed a "part-time" job.
Fast forward, 8 years I wish I had known that this NEED I had in my own heart to KNOW and UNDERSTAND my natural cycles and fertility is in every woman and this knowledge of her true interworking is so very important for her understanding of her identity, her wholeness, and her contribution to our world and the kingdom of God.
I wish I had known that as I began my fertility care work that I was entering into the true "War on Women".
It didn't take long to begin hearing the pleas:
"Why didn't anyone tell me about this sooner?"
"Why didn't anyone tell me the pill had so many damaging effects on my health?"
"I didn't know there was a reason for my infertility!"
These same questions continued to echo in my ears.
From 2015-2019 I thought the answer was to create more programs and to promote organizations that promoted a "Pro-Life" agenda.
Halfway through 2019, I realized that the "War on Woman" was more than fighting for the freedom to ovulate, gestate, and lactate but MORE! The FREEDOM to live in our broken culture as a light in the darkness, fanning my own flame and those around me became my focus. I began offloading roles from my very full plate to prepare for what God was preparing me for. This burning in my heart was a dream that God was cultivating and preparing for me.
As 2020 began and the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread, God met me and blew on my flame. Resources and tools came to keep the fire growing.
My goal is to focus on WHOLENESS and a Life of FREEDOM to serve the world and our culture out of this Wholeness and not out of burnt-out and depletion of trying to do it all.
I believe that the solution for our "out of control" world is in the heart of every woman.
As women are the center of life in our world we can fan the flame in each woman in the FREEDOM of growth to WHOLENESS and dignity of her life and the life that can come from her (spiritually or physically).
I'm excited to share more with you throughout 2021 about my quest for WHOLENESS and equipping you with the resources and tools that have been a fuel to my flame. If you are inspired to explore or begin your journey to WHOLENESS in your womanhood to experience a beautiful life and to inspire this in others I would encourage you to take the WHOLENESS QUIZ. Then let me know how it goes! I would love to hear about your score and what you may have learned about yourself.
My word for 2021 is THRIVE! I want to THRIVE in every arena of my life and I hope to be an inspiration to you as we travel this journey towards WHOLENESS together.
Ashwood FertilityCare Center is honored to Feature NaPro Technology through 4 amazing Medical Consultants!
We would like to introduce you to each one of them. Please share your stories of how these amazing Medical Providers have cared for you with NaPro Technology and Restorative Reproductive Technologies which work cooperatively with the woman's natural cycles using the woman's Creighton Model FertilityCare chart.
Dr. Benjamin Paul, DO, CFCMC joined the Ashwood FertilityCare Team this year after completing his residency at University of Minnesota-Mankato. In September Dr. Paul completed his NaPro Technology training at the Saint Paul VI Institute for Human Reproduction.
Dr. Paul and his wife, Ashley (who also serves as a FertilityCare Practitioner) have made Humboldt, IA their home and they are excited to serve the women/couples of Humboldt county and beyond! The Pauls have 2 beautiful daughters and they serve as a family.
Dr. Paul says: "I chose family medicine because it is a specialty that focuses on the individual person and I cherish the relationships I have with my patients. I provide courteous holistic care where I am loyal to my patients."
"I felt called by God to be a physician and have been given the opportunities and skills to follow that calling. My passion is to assist others to find health, so they can pursue their own passions."
The first step to receiving a referral to a NaPro Medical Consultant is to begin charting with the Creighton Model FertilityCare System. Ashwood FertilityCare Center offers free monthly Introductory Sessions to begin the journey of learning the charting process to be used in the testing, diagnosis and cooperative treatment of most underlying menstrual cycle issues including PMS, unknown infertility, PCOS and Endometriosis.
Join us at our next Intro Session Webinar to learn more! www.ashwoodfertilitycare.com/get-started
Melissa Rupp, FCPI
Life has definitely flown by in the last few years!