NaPro Technology asks that a woman monitor her own health by charting her bio-markers. If you’re considering NaPro Technology, then charting is something that you’ll be doing daily. It’s not a lot of work. It involves monitoring your health by interpreting the messages your body is sending you through your bio-markers.
Before I go any further, let me say that this post is for those who are truly interested in learning to chart using the Creighton Model Fertility Care System. It’s going to contain some references to anatomy, fluids, and what to do with them. If you’d rather not read on, I completely understand and encourage you to continue reading the next post in the series on NaProTechnology which will only reference bio-markers and not explain how to document them.
Thanks for continuing. So charting… When you chart using the Creighton Model, fertility is defined by the presence of cervical mucus. The closer to ovulation you are, the more mucus there should be. The better the quality of your mucus, the better your chances of getting pregnant that month.
The basics of charting:
- Any day of bleeding (red, brown, pink, or black) is a red stamp
- Dry days- days without lubricative mucus- get green stamps
- Lubricative mucus days get white baby stamps
- The last day of lubricative mucus is considered peak day. Mark it with a P
- The three days after your peak day get green baby stamps.
- All days with white baby stamps plus the three days after peak are considered fertile.
Determining the quality of your mucus:
Throughout the day, each time before you use the bathroom or shower, you’ll do a quick observation of your cervical mucus. Observing mucus takes less than a minute, after a while it becomes something you do as a habit, though it does take some getting used to. Before you go, you wipe from front to back across the perennial body (the space between your front and back door). The perennial body is the only skin on your body that can tell the difference between the sensations smooth and lubricative. I’ll talk more about that in a few lines.
Each time you wipe you’ll make decisions about the sensations you feel. Is it dry? Is it smooth? Both of these will get green stamps. Is it lubricative? If so, it’s a white baby stamp. Any bleeding gets a red stamp.
All mucus is not equal…
Before using the bathroom and showering, you’ll be checking for mucus. After you decide the sensation, that is whether your mucus is dry, smooth, or lubricative, you’ll make an observation. After you observe the mucus for color and shine. You’ll try and grab some off the tissue using your fingers. If you can get some off with your fingers, next you’ll see if it stretches. The greater the amount of stretch there is, the better the quality of your mucus.
Recording on your chart:
Throughout each day, you’ll make observations about the quality of your mucus. At the end of the day, you record your most fertile sign. For example if you record smooth sensations 3 times, but lubricative 1 once, you mark the 1 lubricative sensation on your chart and use a white baby sticker.
Some Closing Remarks on Charting:
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t! This was just a brief introduction to charting. I’m not a NaPro teacher, and for the record, they are way better at explaining charting than I am. When you decide to go with NaPro you’ll meet with your teacher one on one and she’ll teach you to chart over several sessions. She’ll check your chart and help you learn what to look for. If you see abnormalities in your chart, she’ll help you get an appointment with a NaPro doctor and get on track towards better health and hopefully pregnancy.
If there is anything that I can help you with please do not hesitate to ask! You can either reach me by commenting on this post or by messaging me privately through facebook. I’ll do the best that I can to help you get started!
Best wishes to you on your Journey! Love, Catherine