There are so many benefits to charting your cycle with the Sympto-Thermal Method I couldn't fit them all into one post! (If you missed part one, check it out here). Whether you want to conceive quickly, avoid pregnancy naturally, or if you simply want to demystify your reproductive health, read on.

7. It works with irregular cycles (and you'll know when your period is coming next)

I have heard from so many women that charting sounds great but they have irregular cycles, so it just won't work for them. The awesome thing is that you don't need to have textbook cycles for this method to be effective. In fact, charting may help you get to the bottom of what's causing your irregularity in the first place. With the Sympto-Thermal Method you can pinpoint when (and whether) you're ovulating. After ovulation, menstruation will always occur 12-16 days later. Usually each woman has her own number in that range. For example, my period always starts 13 days after ovulation. I put it in my calendar and schedule a night to myself with netflix and a long bath.

8. It eliminates the "surprise pregnancy"

Once you build a habit of observing your fertility signs you can know whether or not you may get pregnant day by day. If you're charting correctly, you will be fully aware of where you are in your cycle and whether unprotected sex is risky at that time. Some women knowingly "bend the rules" and take calculated risks making love close to their fertile window. This may lead to an unwanted pregnancy, but for someone charting regularly, they'll know the chance they took and it won't come as a surprise.

9. It can improve your romantic relationship

Having a partner who understands and appreciates your charts can be an incredible relationship boost. Your partner can even participate by giving you the thermometer in the morning and writing down your observations at the end of the day. By understanding your charts they no longer have to be in the dark about where you are in your cycle. If they know you're close to ovulation they can lay on the charm for a night of baby making or put condoms on the nightstand. If they can see that your period is coming or that you had an early pregnancy loss they can be better prepared to give kindness and support (and massages and flowers and hugs...whatever you need).

10. It can boost your holistic healing

Fertility and menstrual health are important indicators of overall wellness. Imbalances in reproductive health can be symptoms of deeper systemic issues. Your charts can serve as a diagnostic tool to look more closely at root causes of health problems. Even medical professionals are starting to recognize the potential of using the cycle as a vital sign.

11. You can connect with creation, the seasons and thousands of years of women’s fertility awareness traditions.

For thousands of years women around the world have noticed the connection between their cycles, the moon, and the seasons. Gaining a daily awareness of where you are in your cycle can be a reminder of your relationship with the ebb and flow of the natural world. You can even take advantage of the different styles of energy in the "seasons" of your cycle.

12. You can impact the web of justice.

Practicing the Sympto-Thermal Method of Fertility Awareness touches justice on several levels: 

It empowers users to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health, which touches reproductive justice.

It's a low-cost first step towards infertility and hormonal health analysis, which touches economic justice.

If you use the method to prevent pregnancy, you stop contributing to the pollution created in the birth control supply chain and you may be sparing the waterways and eco-system from the endocrine disruptors in hormonal birth control, these touch environmental justice.

As you can see, the benefits of building a daily charting practice are far reaching. I hope you've learned something new and gained food for thought.

Wishing you a happy, healthy uterus;-)