For as long as I could remember, when I began my menstrual cycle I always tracked my cycle on an app called the Period Tracker. Now if you’re like me and come from a home where things like menstruation, sex or even puberty are swept under the rug then you know that dealing with these issues alone sucks!
Growing up I never really understood how my body worked and why as a female it did the things that it did. To be quite honest with you, sometimes I still don’t. It wasn’t up until college where I started to become more aware of my body. I began to realize that I was becoming a woman.
Whenever I would go to my regular checks ups and gynecologist appointments I would always get asked, “Are you on birth control?” or ” Would you like to know the different kinds that we offer?” I would sit there absolutely confused and politely decline the offer. Now I get it, we live in a society where you’re free to decide what to do with your body and how to prevent yourself from certain circumstances but in all due respect some of us don’t like being talked down to or convinced to use products for our body that we don’t want. I know plenty of women who have used birth control and have either stopped or complained about the negative side affects. Also, after being on birth control some women have found it hard to conceive due to all their hormones being imbalanced. If we as women were taught to have a deeper understanding about our bodies we can learn about the healthier and natural ways of tracking our menstrual cycle and fertility.
This leads me to my point. I recently learned about the FAMS method while browsing through the web and I said to myself wait I’m already following this method. Essentially the Fertility Awareness Method is a way to predict your fertile an infertile days by tracking your temperature, emotions, ovulation and period days along with any side affects you may have. I think this is definitely a safe form of birth control. It gives you the opportunity to track your cycle in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies. However, the FAMS method can be used for other things than avoiding pregnancy. It allows you to take matters into your own hands by naturally paying close attention to what your body does. It’s also the best way to identify any female health problems that may occur.
Whether you’re in high school, college, in a relationship or single you must be aware of your fertility. Begin to understand and appreciate your body and for the way that it works. If you begin to be concerned of any problems regarding your fertility or about your period, you should start taking down notes of how your body reacts.
So if you’re thinking of taking any form of birth control, please think twice! There are a bunch of different period tracker apps to download and they all serve the same purpose. TRUST ME, you’ll thank me later.