Fertility Flower Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Kristi (digitalscrap…) for winning the membership!

After several years of infertility, God blessed our family with two little ones in recent years.

During the emotional rollercoaster journey of hopes, losses, and health issues, cycle charting was an effective tool for us.

Those years ago, my doctors were impressed by the amount of information I had already gathered just by charting, that helped proactively tailor our approach to trying to conceive.

We saved time and doctor fees by having those months-worth of charts ready at our first appointment!

Eventually, after wading through the frustration & insensitivity of various charting websites over the years, though, I gave up charting. However, as I bless my husband in intimacy, being aware of my cycle can be beneficial, and I missed having that at hand. (If you’re not familiar with the Sympto-Thermal Method of charting, you can read about that here; it is in reference to contraception, but you can get the technique understanding for conception as well.)

But then, to my pleasant surprise, the lovely Fertility Flower website was introduced! I’ll let the founder, Kimberly, make the introductions:

Kimberly & Blanka

“Now, I have a 13 month old daughter, Blanka and another baby on the way. Charting became a passion of mine after a miscarriage. I started charting with the dominant website out there and within a few months became pregnant again…and then miscarried again.

Since I’d already ‘moved over’ to this website’s sister pregnancy website, I found that I either had to erase that the pregnancy ever happened OR let it continue running along. To someone who’s just gone through a SECOND miscarriage, the insult upon injury was acute.

It was my husband who planted the idea in my head to make a better website. Given my life experience, I am particularly sensitive to the issue of how members are handled post-loss. If clients note a miscarriage on their chart, they receive a note of condolence and are given links to resources that may be of help. Several women have sent me notes privately, posted on our FB page or tweeted that that little detail meant something to them.

(Incidentally, we organized Pregnancy Loss Week 2010, which ran August 23-27th. I’ll link you to the first day here where you can access the entire week’s activities at the bottom of the post).”

Whether you are TTC, avoiding, going through miscarriage, pregnant, or postpartum, there is a place on Fertility Flower for you!

From Kimberly: “I designed the project to flow from three areas, which we call ‘Seed’, ‘Sprout’ and ‘Bloom’. ‘Seed’ clients are those who have no children and are not currently pregnant. ‘Sprout’ clients are those who are pregnant with their first child. ‘Bloom’ clients are women with children. The idea behind the distinction is that, for example, the experience of pregnancy is very different for the first time mom than it is for someone who’s already gone through a pregnancy and birth…”

We hope that God will bless us eventually with more children, and I know that charting doesn’t “control” fertility. But charting can be a very beneficial tool as we steward our fertility, and care for the bodies He has given us.

I highly recommend the tool of Fertility Flower’s online charting system; I have found it to be a better system for me, than trying to keep track of paper notes/charts on my own. There’s the “automatic ovulation detection” (the day we’re all looking for!), the customizable checklists, the unique charts combining your information on one page, encouraging forums, and more.

Also, for iPhone/iPad users, Fertility Flower is completely mobile-compatible. (Not just an abbreviated app, you can access everything that is available online.) I don’t have the luxury of trying out that aspect, but it sounds so convenient!

My favorite part of the checklists, is that they encompass your health holistically. It’s not just the typical list of physical symptoms, encouraging you to obsess about every little twinge. Wellness questions keep me accountable to spend quality time with my husband, drink plenty of water, and get some exercise. The Fertility Flower charting experience is a soothing, easy-to-use experience.

Now, Fertility Flower is offering a 6-month Premium Membership in a giveaway to one Frugal Granola reader!

Check out a sample of Fertility Flower by logging in for a demo version with the following:

Username: Sample

Password: Case

To enter to win the giveaway, check out Fertility Flower, and leave a comment on this blog post, letting us know what you are most interested in (or what aspect you find most appealing).

This giveaway will close on Monday, February 14th.

This post is sponsored by Fertility Flower, and I received my own sample membership for review purposes.
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  • This is wonderful! I too like the holistic approach and particularly your remark about “not obsessing over every twinge,” which I do.

    I signed up at the site for a basic membership. Thank you for sharing this information.

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Christy, The Simple Homemaker,

    I’m glad that you like the holistic approach. Since we are all more than the sum of our parts, I wanted to make available a site that attends to the whole mama – no matter what stage of her ‘mama-hood’ she’s in. Blessings to you!

  • Interested in the SEED program, as we have not been able to conceive after 5 years. 4 trying naturally, and a year of infertility treatments.

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @misty, someone once said to me – God has perfect timing. I think the best thing that we (all) can do is make the conditions as conducive as possible for conception and keep our hearts open to what lays ahead. Many blessings to you, friend.

  • What an incredible tool. I have been struggling with cycle issues for almost a year now, and have recently had some promising results with acupuncture. I’ve been thinking that it would be a good time to go back to charting, but my worksheets are such a hassle, I’ve been neglecting it. This is the greatest thing I’ve seen so far, and the ability to start out with a free basic membership is such a gift. I think the coolest part is how you are able to track all sorts of symptoms and lifestyle functions with each days temps. Thanks for introducing us to such a great tool!!

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Leah Alexander, I have heard great things about acupuncture. I mentioned this to another commenter…that it’s absolutely important to heal the whole mama – that we’re more than the sum of our parts. Everything is connected, linked, etc. I wish you the best!!

  • I’ve always tried and failed at charting before because my cycle is so inconsistent–I don’t like “the dominant website out there,” so I’d be interested in trying a new one out.

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @amanda wu, inconsistent cycles can be a challenge mentally – since it’s hard to know what’s going on OR you’re just in waiting, waiting, waiting mode. I wish you all the best!

  • Christine M.

    I have trouble being consistant with charting and this looks like such a helpful tool! I especially like the “automatic ovulation detection” feature.
    Thanks for letting us know about this wonderful site!

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Christine M., I hope it will be helpful to you! Remembering to grab the thermometer upon waking is one of the biggest hurdles for lots of ladies. I’m sure you’ve heard tricks like setting the thermometer on the bedstand next to you…or actually on top of the clock/radio. Before long, it becomes 2nd nature and you’ll have the reassurance that ovulation happened(once it happens).

    Blessings!

  • I’m engaged and getting ready to start charting before we get married this summer so I’m more familiar with my body. I have seen other sites, but I didn’t really care for them. I had resigned myself to paper charting/tracking. It would be wonderful to be a part of a community that would encourage me through the ups-and-downs of life in that area.

    I also love the concept of the questions, as opposed to the “one size fits all,” mass production philosophy of the other sites. That would be really neat!

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Kayla, congratulations to you and the groom-to-be on your upcoming wedding. Boy, aren’t you ahead of the curve!!! As far as the ups-and-downs, the best that we can do is make the conditions right for conception to happen…be rested, drink water, get exercise, time intercourse optimally, eat properly, etc…

    Blessings to you!

  • I whish Fertility Flower had been around when I was ttc and also went through a miscarriage. As a woman with PCOS, my cycles can be a bit off in the first place, so its nice to find a site where I can track everything, but also find support and resources no matter what the end result is! :)

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Jaime, Oh, I feel like we are an under-served population sometimes. Support is really important but often lacking. I hope we will be that perfect site for you!

  • Kristine

    I am interested in the seed program.

  • I love that this seems so much more personalized than the “other” online program. That one seems so computerized and impersonal. I’d love to try this one out!

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Amber Canaan, how can something like family-building NOT be personal? No, it’s an honor to be a part of this process for couples and a responsbility that I don’t take lightly – not for a second! Blessings to you!

  • Megyn

    I was recently diagnosed with PCOS, and in the last year I have been doing a lot of research on infertility, searching for natural options. I still feel like I have so much to learn, and I think Fertility Flower would be a great tool for me. It’s user-friendliness really appeals to me, as I have never tried charting before.

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Megyn, we have lots of women with PCOS who use our website – in fact we have holistic nutritionist who writes a monthly column for our blog. The last several months, I have asked her to focus her writing on the topic of PCOS – nutrition, supplements, support of the liver, etc). Similarly, our members continue to shape the project as we go along. Just last week a member contacted me, wondering if we could include some additional statistics as part of our cycle stats that she would find really helpful in keeping tabs on her PCOS symptoms. So…

    I wish you the best!

    Megyn Reply:

    @Kimberly @ Fertility Flower, I just went and read all of the PCOS articles…good stuff! I have come across what feels like an infinite number of suggestions, tips, etc. for food and lifestyle changes to treat PCOS. The articles were so succinct and helped me not feel so overwhelmed with where to start. Thanks!

  • Casey

    I really like the look of this site! It really seems personal and easy to use. I have tried another one but I left it for several reasons and went back to paper but that’s not working so well for me either. I’m excited about this site! Thanks for the info!

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Casey, I’m glad you like ‘the look’ and I’m thrilled to hear that you’re excited about the project. How members feel when they interact with the website is important!

    Blessings!

  • Lc

    How awesome! I like the ability to compare your charts and figure out cycle patterns.

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Lc, I love that too. I’m a cycle geek – love that kind of stuff!

    I wish you the best!

  • Lisa

    How timely this is! I recently went off my birth control pills, initially because I concluded that I don’t want those chemicals in my system. My husband and I then decided to start trying for a baby. I’ve been attempting to chart but finding it somewhat difficult and confusing. I think Fertility Flower is just what I need to help me get going with charting!

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Lisa, oh I’m so glad! Know that sometimes you can get some wonky cycles when you come off birth control pills – so don’t be surprised if you see something like that for a month or two.

    Once you’ve had the chance to familiarize yourself with the website, please don’t hesitate to ask any questions that you have about the process or whatever. That’s what I’m here for!!

  • JudyH

    Having gone through 5 miscarriages, my last with twin girls, the Fertility Flower website looks like it will provide me with a supportive community as we walk into ttc.

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @JudyH, oh I’m so sorry for your losses. Each pregnancy is different so there is always hope. Don’t give up!

  • Oh wow, what timing! I was just researching some nfp methods because I came across research that really scares us with the hormones and the impact of other methods. I would just be a seed, and we are not sure if we want children at this time or not, but it would be nice to know if we were risking getting pregnant or not at any point in time, would be a great relief.

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @WEFA (Jesilee), I’m kind of always of the mind that if there’s a natural way, then try that first. I remember reading an article back in November about the 50th anniversary of The Pill. The reporter mentioned something to the effect that taking The Pill is about as risky as taking a vitamin. My first reaction was shock. Of course there are risks! But I digress. Good, glad to see the interest in learning the method and I’m happy to help anytime you have questions as you learn it!

    WEFA (Jesilee) Reply:

    @Kimberly @ Fertility Flower, Agreed! There is no way I am ever taking the pill after all my research. I really like how your website has the forum and blog posts as well, the PCOS topics interest me because we think I may have it because I have had at least 2 ovarian cysts before, and 4 other types. They run in some of my extended family but apparently missed my mother.

    I do have some personal questions if you don’t mind? My email is JJDolphine (at) yahoo. A quickie reason I want help is because my fiancé is in a wheel chair due to a genetic disorder (osteogenisis imperfecta), and we are unsure if a natural conception/birth is in the best interest of future babes. Thanks!

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @WEFA (Jesilee), am sending you an email now…but wanted to quickly address your comments.

    PCOS is a specific issue. It’s not uncommon for women to get cysts every once in awhile. So, the few that you report here are not necessarily determinative. That would be something that they can diagnose via ultrasound, etc.

    As far as the genetic disorder issue…(deep sigh). It’s hard for me to counsel you. I did some (very, very cursory) research into what it actually is and while it’s rare, the chances of transmitting the disorder to the child (I believe) is around 50% (is that right?). However, I’m very much a ‘let the chips fall how they may’ kind of person.

    But consider this: I’m sure that you had a crash course in osteogenisis imperfecta when you first met your (then, future) husband but you saw that he – like all of us – have intrinsic worth no matter what we have, visibly or invisibly. I appreciate the fact that you and your husband want to set out to build your family with as little chance of passing a known risk factor onto your youngest family members but there are never guarantees, no matter what road you take.

  • Kristi

    I did the free trial of Fertility Flower, and I loved the personalization and the holistic approach. It was also much prettier than a lot of the other charting sites!

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Kristi, Thanks for the compliments! I appreciate it greatly!

  • Kristen Beecham

    I really like the way everything is very tastefully laid out on the website. I also like the suggestions for healthy living. I would love to win the free subscription.

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Kristen Beecham, best of luck to you in the drawing and thanks for the enthusiasm about the project!

  • maria

    I’ve only used paper charting so far for the past two months, and my cycle has not followed a typical pattern, so this site looks like it will help me to better understand what’s going on. Thanks!

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @maria, I started with paper and pencil too – perfectly respectable endeavor – but I think you’ll find that there is more analytical firepower with doing it online. I can definitely understand the frustration if your cycle isn’t following a typical pattern. I hope that Fertility Flower will help you make some sense of what’s happening. Shoot me an email if you have any questions!

  • Leslie

    I have a three month old son, so I really appreciate a program that’s easy to use and won’t require a binder. The interface is really pretty, too!

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Leslie, we have quite a few postpartum mamas! I wrote a blog post (on our project blog, accessible via the website) about charting in the postpartum period which might help if you’re starting out fresh. Blessings and congratulations on your new little one!

  • Coral E Nigolian

    How hightech. I would love to win an online version of charting fertility!

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Coral E Nigolian, haha! High tech, yes – but actually an old, old method! Best of luck to you :)

  • Bethany

    I love this idea! My husband and I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters and are looking to add a third child sometime this year. This tool would be so helpful to us. We’ve also been condsidering an alternative method to our current contriceptives. I’ve researched and considered the STM before and then chickened out because it seemed too complicated. This would make it much easier! Thanks for alerting me to this site and giving the opportunity for a giveaway.

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Bethany, oh don’t chicken out!! It’s easy, actually. It does take a certain amount of discipline, particularly if your goal is to avoid a pregnancy, but you’ll pick up quickly what to look for, cues that you’re approaching ovulation. The key is in the quality of the cervical fluid (CF) It’ll become wetter and wetter as you approach ovulation. There are other signs to help you cross-check what you’re observing with that. The waking temperatures are there to confirm that ovulation happened.

    There’s more information on the website but that’s the method in a nutshell. Not complicated. Just requires a minute of observation per day.

  • hipveganchic

    ive been having trouble getting pregnant after my first bundle of joy. its been quite along time and my cycle has yet to become consistent, perhaps due to my exercise habits. i am intrigued because of the “holistic” approach which is something very dear to our family. those other sites are too mainstream for our beliefs and values!

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @hipveganchic, I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – we have to get into the habit of treating the WHOLE mama. Everything in our body is interconnected. The best thing that we can do to improve our fertility as women is to rest, drink water, exercise (groan), etc…we’ve heard it all before, but it’s true. Best of luck to you!

  • I would love to win this. I was wondering how it works for lactating mothers who haven’t regained their cycles.

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Christine @ Lily of the Valley, oh we have LOTS of breastfeeding mamas, so you’re not alone! In fact, I am still breastfeeding so have firsthand knowledge of charting while lactating!

    I’ve written posts on charting in the postpartum period in general and it’s a topic that we often talk about on the FB page. I am devoting a lot of attention to it since many of our members are dealing with that.

    The long and short of it is this. Elevated prolactin which is allowing you to continue breastfeeding is associated with suppressed production of the hormones that are required for ovulation. That’s why breastfeeding is associated with a delay in the return of fertility. While charting during this period, your temperature will have NO discernible pattern. They’ll be up; they’ll be down…and then back up again. The key to watch for are changes to the quality of cervical fluid – generally speaking, wetter is more fertile. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t start temping again (postpartum) until I noticed these changes in my cervical fluid – from dry to wetter. Then I knew that I was on the road to returned fertility (although I didn’t actually ovulate until months later). Cervical fluid is the key in the postpartum period!

    Best of luck to you!

    Blessings!

  • MeganEmily

    This is great! My husband and I have been married for about a year and when we first got married I was on birth control. When we started making shift toward more natural living, I knew I didn’t want those chemicals in my body so I stopped taking it and since then I’ve been trying to chart so we can avoid a pregnancy for the time being but I don’t really know what I’m doing so this would be very helpful!

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @MeganEmily, oh that’s so great to hear! There was a study that came out some years back now, actually, that said that for contraceptive purposes, the sympto-thermal method (like we have at Fertility Flower) led to a rate of 0.4 pregnancies per 100 women per year – which is comparable to The Pill. That’s if the couple is abstaining during the woman’s fertile phase. If they use some sort of barrier method, then the effectiveness drops to 0.6 pregnancies per 100 women – that actually has more to do with the failure rate of the condom rather than the failure rate of the sympto-thermal method.

    So, we have lots of resources for ‘avoiders’ – Oh how I wish that more women knew that they didn’t have to rely on The Pill!

    Blessings!

  • Lauren

    Looks like a fantastic tool! I just started paper charting 2 cycles ago, and it has been an eye-opener. My husband and I are planning to start a family in the next couple of years, and we are hopeful that charting will help us in the journey. I think that the most interesting part of this tool is the automatic ovulation detection. So cool! Like cliffs notes for “the rules”.

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Lauren, thanks for the enthusiasm! Yes, when I first started charting it WAS fascinating to see how each cycle played out. I also learned how my responds to stress….being tired….etc. Each and every chart is a picture of what’s happening hormonally in our bodies.

    Great stuff!

  • Laura

    I just registered for a basic membership. I’ve been charting on paper for 6 months. I’m most interested in having something to help interpret my charting for me.

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Laura, great! Thanks for registering. You can certainly get started right away. I started out charting on paper and pencil and it was a good exercise – so you’ll be a pro at this!!

  • Megan

    I have looked into charting websites before, and this website has a beautiful and simple design to it. I look forward to learning and understanding more about who I am too!

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Megan, Thank you so much for the compliment. The aesthetic is one difference, for sure. How women feel when they use the website was really important to me. I wanted things beautiful and calming.

    Charting is a fantastic way to get to know your body. Remember, charting is a picture of what’s happening hormonally – like an ultrasound for your cycles.

    Best of luck to you!!!

  • I like the design of this site–very visually appealing. It is very important for me to keep track of my cycle because it has become increasingly problematic as I have gotten older.

    Kimberly @ Fertility Flower Reply:

    @Ruth Hill, thanks for the compliment – that was the goal, to provide our members with robust fertility tracking with a pretty interface :)

    Charting certainly helps sort out what’s happening. I think I mentioned in another comment, but I’ll mention it here too – the actual chart is a picture of what’s happening hormonally. That’s incredibly valuable information, nevermind the self-knowledge that accompanies charting.

    Good luck in the drawing!!

  • Sarah G.

    This charting method is so intriguing and lovely. Husband and I are trying to conceive our first baby. My cycles are a little irregular, so this will help us immensely, as we can view consecutive months and watch patterns emerge. Since I am more visual, being able to see my whole cycle at a glance is wonderful. I can’t wait to add charting to my daily routine.

  • I love doing things electronically, so charting in this way,to me, would be WAY better than trying to keep up with paper charts!!

  • I have used Fertility Friend for online charting. This site seems to be similar, however, knowing the creators are Christian gives me encouragement as to the community I may encounter as a member. Also, I like the layout of the site and ease of navigation. It feels much more inviting and less ‘medical’ than Fertility Friend (which is also more expensive).
    Even if I don’t win, I look forward to trying this website out and can’t wait to start! Thank you!
    :)

  • angela warrick

    I am sooo interested in using this tool. We are trying to conceive again and it looks so helpful.

  • Jaclyn

    I am interested in the Bloom aspect of the site and wonder what it offers with it.

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