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:
“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:
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.