Ovulation Indicator Testing Kit
A woman can use an ovulation prediction kit to determine when she is most likely to ovulate. This is a special kit that measures the amount of luteinizing hormone (LH). Because luteinizing hormones triggers the release of an egg in the ovary, the amount of LH usually increases prior to ovulation. This increase is called the luteinizing hormone surge, which can then be detected in a woman's urine 8-12 hours later. The ovulation prediction kit is designed to measure the amount of luteinizing hormone in the urine. While the kit can be used to detect the LH surge, it cannot detect whether the egg was actually released from the follicle or if the follicle was fully developed, causing infertility. Both of these conditions can be detected by using the CrMS and NaProTECHNOLOGY® without the expense of an electronic monitor or urine strips, which can become very expensive over the course of a woman’s lifetime of fertility.
* The average number of years a woman will have menstrual cycles is 36.6 years.
Calendar Rhythm Method
The calendar rhythm method to avoid pregnancy relies upon calculating a woman's fertile period on the calendar. Based upon the exact length of the 6-12 previous menstrual cycles, a woman subtracts l9-20 days from her shortest menstrual cycle to determine her last day of infertility, and 10 days from her longest cycle to determine her last day of fertility.
The Calendar Rhythm Method has several disadvantages. The first one being it lacks versatility. Women who have irregular cycles, women that are breastfeeding or women that have prolonged periods of anovulation cannot effectively use this method.
The calendar method is only about 80% effective in preventing pregnancy, and when used alone is considered outdated and ineffective.
The Sympto-Thermal Method
The Sympto-Thermal Method of family planning combines certain symptoms of ovulation with the Basal Body Temperature. The symptoms most commonly used are cervical mucus discharge, intermenstrual pain, breast tenderness, vulvar swelling, and changes in the texture and configuration of the cervix. The Sympto-thermal System has a good effectiveness rate for avoiding pregnancy and for achieving pregnancy for couples of normal fertility.
However, CrMS, mucus only, system, is a scientifically developed and standardized system to assist women and couples in understanding their fertility cycles. It is the only method to network family planning with reproductive health monitoring and maintenance.
NaProTECHNOLOGY® uses only the CrMS biomarkers to monitor the occurrence of various hormonal events during the menstrual cycle. NaPro Tracking the cycle provides valid information that can be interpreted by a woman and by physicians who are specifically trained in this system.
Withdrawal Method or Coitus Interruptus
Using the withdrawal method, the man withdraws his penis from a woman's vagina before he ejaculates so that the sperm released from his penis does not enter her vagina. Withdrawal is also called coitus interruptus.
The problem with using withdrawal as a contraceptive method, is that a man will release small amounts of seminal fluid before actual ejaculation occurs. This seminal fluid is highly concentrated with sperm. If seminal fluid comes in contact with good cervical mucus, pregnancy may occur. This may happen without penetration or ejaculation.
With the CrMS, if a couple wants to avoid pregnancy, all genital contact must be avoided during days of fertility. Couples find that avoiding genital contact during times of fertility actually helps them learn new ways to express love and increases communication (SPICE).
We have discovered that couples that have been using the withdrawal method and have been able to avoid pregnancy usually have an unidentified infertility problem.
Advantages of the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (CrMS)
While there are other natural methods of family planning (Fertility Awareness Method, FAM, Fertility Friend, My Method, Marquette Method, Modern Family Planning, Standard Days Method, SDM, Calendar Rhythm Method, Withdrawal Method, Sympto-Thermal Method), CrMS is the only system that uses standardized mucus observations and works cooperatively with trained medical professionals using NaProTECHNOLOGY® to give women real solutions to real problems, such as:
- Menstrual cramps
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Ovarian cysts
- Irregular bleeding
- Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD)
- Repetitive miscarriage
- Postpartum depression
- Prematurity prevention
- Hormonal issues
- Chronic discharges
- Premenstrual bleeding
- Tail end brown bleeding
- Other health problems
Many natural methods count days and/or look for rising body temperatures. Some methods like the Marquette use LH monitors to determine ovulation. However, just because your temperature rises or your LH level rises, that is not always an accurate determination of ovulation. Many women with infertility problems are still left questioning why they are not conceiving with these other methods. Couples with infertility issues have a 20-40% chance of conceiving using CrMS alone, and, combined with medical treatment with a trained NaProTECHNOLOGY® doctor, have up to up an 80% chance of conceiving.