Structure of our Sessions
FACC holds comprehensive introductory sessions in the autumn of each year. In these sessions, we give a brief introduction to the physiology of the female reproductive cycle, and then explain how to recognize, monitor (chart), and interpret female fertility signs.
FACC also holds monthly follow-up Charting Circles where individuals come to share their progress at charting, and to learn about how they can practice Fertility Awareness more effectively and accurately. Follow-up sessions incorporate focused topics that are designed to build on foundations established in the introductory session. They also include feedback and dialogue about individual members’ charts.
A condensed form of the Introductory Session is available at every Charting Circle meeting, in order to serve those who have not yet attended a Comprehensive Introductory Session. Newcomers are welcome to join the circle at any time.
Why follow up?
In order for Fertility Awareness to be an effective means of pregnancy achievement or birth control it requires new learners to receive feedback and guidance from a trained practitioner. Follow-up sessions help learners to identify their strengths and successes as well as areas that require clarification or improvement.
We believe that a group environment will enhance the learner’s exposure to variations in women’s menstrual cycles and learn how to accurately identify fertile and infertile periods within those variations.
We also believe that a group environment will provide an encouraging social atmosphere in which to learn at the same time making follow-up economically accessible.
We provide referrals for women whose reproductive health needs fall outside the scope of our current programs. If you wish to move directly towards the referral process contact Justisse Healthworks for Women.
At FACC we suggest that attendees make a contribution to our operating costs. We request a minimum donation of $10 per meeting, as we do not want cost to be prohibitive, but need to cover our costs. We are grateful to receive non-monetary contributions. We welcome any additional contributions which will be applied towards future FACC activities.
The expenses we incur include: promotional materials (i.e. website maintenance, graphic design and poster printing, advertising in local publications), research materials (i.e. books, journals), teaching supplies (white-board markers, additional charts for charting circle attendees, free learning packages for low-income attendees), and administrative costs (i.e. photocopies, file folders). All FACC facilitators and collective members are volunteers and do not receive any monetary compensation for their services.