FEMM NFP Fall Class Series
Instructor: Susan Robinson
Session: Fall 2023
Friday Evenings 6-8pm: September 22, October 20, November 17
Location: St. Paul Meeting Room (Diocese of Tyler Chancery)
Address: 1015 East SE Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701
FEE: $50/woman or engaged/married couple (covers all three classes and materials)
Class Description (from femmhealth.org):
FEMM (Fertility Education and Medical Management) is a knowledge and prevention-based reproductive health program that teaches women the link between hormones and health, and how to monitor observable hormonal biomarkers. Once women understand their bodies, they can identify normal or abnormal patterns of reproductive function, and seek medical support as informed participants in their own healthcare. FEMM is for women of all stages of reproductive life.
1st Session: FEMM and Your Health: Friday, September 22 6-8pm
Participants learn the parts and function of reproductive anatomy, and the physiology of ovulation—understanding the critical role of hormones in the cycle. Hormones from the brain and ovaries affect the health of the reproductive organs and the entire body. Observable biomarkers allow women to identify hormonal changes, key cycle events such as ovulation and other indicators of health and fertility. Participants are taught the method of FEMM charting through observing and recording a woman’s observable biomarkers. The session concludes with charting exercises.
2nd Session: FEMM Expert: Friday, October 20 6-8pm
Participants learn to understand the cycle—both its biomarkers and the underlying hormonal activity—as an indicator of their overall health. They are taught the phases of the cycle with an emphasis on the time of ovulation, the dominant hormonal activity in each phase, and what biomarker observations within each phase are necessary for a woman to be considered healthy. Attention is given to the understanding of the cycle as a holistic fertile process, which is fundamental to understanding cycle variations. The session includes analysis of various cycle types, including those of health concern. Exercises, Q & A, and case studies accompany this session.
3rd Session: FEMM Family Planning: Friday, November 17
Note: this is the session which we recommend husbands attend with their wives
In this session, participants are taught the principles of FEMM Family Planning. The session includes a review of male and female reproductive physiology, the dominant reproductive hormones, and the key stages in and differences between male and female fertility throughout reproductive life. With regard to family planning, the key event in a woman’s cycle is ovulation, and so participants learn to relate cycle biomarkers to ovulation and a woman’s fertility. Primary biomarkers are estrogenic cervical fluid and the surge of the luteinizing hormone (LH) just prior to ovulation. Participants apply this knowledge to identifying ovulation and fertility in variable cycle types. Exercises, Q & A, and case studies accompany this session.
Please register using this form. You can learn more about Susan and schedule an appointment with her at mycatholicdoctor.com/resources/doctors/susan-m-robinson-ms-nbc-hwc/. You may also contact her directly at email@example.com
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