There’s a smarter way to manage your fertility –
one that works with your body, your marriage and your faith.
Manage your fertility naturally,
confidently and with more freedom
Grow closer as a couple
Raise a family and keep your marriage vibrant
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SmartFertility offers an excellent and accessible way for couples to learn fertility awareness that meets the highest standards of instruction – and it does so without sacrificing the sensual and spiritual aspects of married love to clinical realities. SmartFertility can help draw spouses closer to each other and to the God who created them to love and be loved.
Christopher West | President, Theology of the Body Institute
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SmartFertility is not just another birth control method. It’s a framework for living your marriage within your Catholic Faith. Based on the Sympto-Thermal method, it incorporates a unique blend of scientific insights with relationship frameworks and Catholic Theology to foster intimacy and help you flourish as a couple.
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You can certainly learn what is involved in using a Fertility Awareness Method like SmartFertility, but you won’t be able to apply it until you discontinue hormonal contraception. This is because, hormonal contraception disrupts the normal ovulation cycle by suppressing the body’s natural production of reproductive hormones. In particular, the synthetic progesterone that is used blocks the effect of estrogen. So you will be unlikely to see any of the fertile cervical fluid build-up.
It can take several months once you discontinue hormonal contraception for your cycle to fully recover as residual synthetic hormones can still be present in your body. Every woman is different and the return to fertility can be as short as a few weeks, or many months.
You should begin recording your fertility biomarkers now and discontinue hormonal contraception as soon as possible, taking into account that you may need additional time for your fertile pattern to stabilise and to confidently use SmartFertility. Assuming that you had normal fertility before beginning hormonal contraception, once the synthetic hormones are out of your system, SmartFertility works just like any other situation. The only tricky part is navigating the transition to being synthetic hormone free.
Of course! SmartFertility is unique from other fertility management systems because we explicitly do not recommend the use barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, or hormonal methods of contraception, such as the morning after pill, on your fertile days.
SmartFertility uniquely recognises and emphasises the importance of discernment as part of fertility management. Your fertility goals – whether you are avoiding, or trying to achieve pregnancy – are a vital part of your journey. It’s important to revisit these goals regularly, but this can be a difficult topic to discuss as a couple.
SmartFertility was co-authored by world-renowned marriage experts, Francine and Byron Pirola, and is designed to help couples discern fertility goals as part of natural fertility management. SmartFertility’s inbuilt discussion tools strengthen your connection as a couple, and to make fertility management an intentional, enjoyable and meaningful part of your relationship.
SmartFertility is designed for married and engaged couples. SmartFertility is a fertility management system that combines Catholic teachings with scientific methodology, and is a natural, non-invasive alternative to contraceptive technology and products. It can be used by single women to monitor their fertility cycle, but keep in mind that it is a management system designed for couples.
SmartFertility (and all of SmartLoving’s courses) can only be used if you’re of legal age (18 years old in Australia).
No, it does not. SmartFertility is designed for fertility management, not STI prevention.
Unlike older methods that rely on cycle history to predict the fertile window, SmartFertility uses biomarkers that are tracking your ovulation cycle in real time. In other words, it is not dependent on having regular cycles, although, it is easier to learn the method if your cycles are predictable.
If you have irregular cycles, you might find it helpful to have a personal fertility educator to assist you during the learning phase. Keep in mind, that while it is normal to have some variation in cycle length, highly irregular cycles can be a symptom of a reproductive health issue and should be investigated by your doctor.
Absolutely! SmartFertility is based on the SymptoThermal Method, a highly reliable method for postponing pregnancy when used correctly. You need to allow yourselves about three months to learn how to identify your fertile window and then follow the lovemaking guidelines to be confident of success in postponing pregnancy.
However, we would also encourage you to stay open to the possibility of pregnancy as sometimes a surprise baby is a unexpected blessing to a couple.
SmartFertility assists you in identifying your fertile window and your fertility peak. If timing is your issue, SmartFertility will be a significant help and will allow you to time your lovemaking to maximise your chances of conception.
If there are other issues associated with your ability to conceive, SmartFertility can provide important information about your reproductive health which may help in diagnosing the problem.
SmartFertility is based on the SymptoThermal Method which has been shown to have a pregnancy rate of 0-3% when used properly. To see a review of various methods, visit https://smartloving.org/birth-control-methods-references/
A Total Gift of Self
An Introduction to Natural Fertility
An online course about human fertility and the natural methods for managing it.
Required for this course:
- High Speed Internet Access (for viewing films)
- Printer (to print handouts) & Pens
An innovative online course exploring natural fertility methods
Sexual intimacy is a window onto the Divine; when couples appreciate that their lovemaking is not simply a recreational activity, but a sacred love language, their relationship takes on new purpose and meaning.
It ceases to be simply an activity for mutual satisfaction and becomes a divinely-inspired mission to love.
A Total Gift of Self is an online course comprising of 5 lessons. Each lesson includes a prayer, video and reflection questions. Released in the year of the 40th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae, it heralds a renewed interest in the vision of authentic human love held by the Catholic Church.