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Fertility Awareness Methods

What are Fertility Based Awareness Methods (FABMs)?

Fertility Based Awareness Methods are a general name for natural family planning methods that are based on a woman's menstrual cycle. Research into women's reproductive health in recent decades has enabled scientists to identify easily observable biological markers or fertility. 

Fertility Based Awareness Methods are based on day-to-day observations of the naturally occurring signs of the fertile and infertile phases of the menstrual cycle. It takes into account the uniqueness of each woman. A man is fertile throughout his life, while a woman is fertile for only a few days each cycle during her childbearing years. A woman experiences clear, observable signs that show when she is fertile and infertile. 
To avoid pregnancy, the couple abstains from intercourse during the fertile phase. Couples can also use FABMs to achieve pregnancy because it identifies the time of ovulation. For assistance in achieving pregnancy see the medical support section at the end of this page.

Who can use FABMs?

Any married couple can use FABMs. A woman need not have regular cycles. The key to successful use is cooperation and communication between husband and wife.

How effective are FABMs?

FABMs can be very effective, depending on how strongly motivated the couple is and whether they follow the rules of the method. Couples who carefully follow all the rules to avoid pregnancy can achieve a success rate of 97-98%.

What are the benefits of using FABMs?

  • Shared responsibility by husband and wife
  • Virtually cost-free
  • No harmful side effects
  • Can be used throughout childbearing years
  • Can be used in special circumstances such as post-partum, breastfeeding and pre-menopause

How can we learn to use FABMs?

While based on the same scientific research, there are distinct ways - "methods" of applying FABMs. For more information on each of the methods, see this brochure or visit the Australasian Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine here.

The best way to learn a FABM is from a qualified instructor - one who is certified from an FABM teacher training program. To find a FABM teacher near you, please contact one of the providers below. 

Accredited providers in Melbourne 

Natural Fertility Services
Sympto-Thermal Method
Location: East Melbourne
Consultant: Lesa Meese
Ph: (03) 9287 5560

Billings LIFE
Billings Ovulation Method
Location: Various locations around Melbourne (see below)
Ph: (03) 9802 2022

  • Ashwood Medical Centre
    Ph: (03) 9885 4494 

  • Well Adjusted Families
    Ph: (03) 9802 2022

  • Cabrini Hospital
    Ph: (03) 9571 0383

  • Manningham General Practice
    Lower Templestowe
    Ph: (03) 8850 0500

  • Australian Catholic University
    East Melbourne
    Ph: (03) 9802 2022

  • IPC Health
    St Albans
    Ph: (03) 9296 1241
Creighton Model FertilityCare System
Location: Various locations around Melbourne (see below)

For medical support for fertility/women's health see:

Fertility Assessment Clinic
Medical advice and assistance in preparation for pregnancy and assessment and management of sub-fertility from a holistic, natural and restorative approach. Doctors work with patients using different FABMs. 

  • Dr Mary Walsh MBBS FRACGP
    General Practitioner with a special interest in fertility and women's health

  • Dr Lucia Murnane MBBS FRACGP DCH Dip Bioethics FCP NFPMC
    General Practitioner with a special interest in fertility (trained in NaPro Technology) and women's health

    General Practitioner with a special interest in fertility (trained in NaPro Technology and the Creighton Model FertilityCare System) and women's health
Located at: Manningham General Practice
200 High Street, Lower Templestowe
Ph: 1800 885 000

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