Dr. Vivian Lugo-Eschenwald of Family Medicine Associates of Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia are the only providers of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System in the Washington, D.C., metro area, and patients come from many states for this expertise. To understand more about the female fertility cycle and how it contributes to family planning, schedule a visit with FMAA today.
The Creighton Model FertilityCare System, or CrMS, is the result of 30 years’ research into the observations and charting of female biological markers to serve as an aid to fertility and natural birth control, as well as providing important health maintenance information. CrMS bases on the Billings ovulation method and expands upon it, developing a system that helps both achieve and avoid pregnancy. A physician-assisted system that shares the fertility regulation responsibilities between spouses, the CrMS may be the ideal choice of those unsuited for other contraceptive methods, whether because of personal belief or medical side effects.
Much of the CrMS is educational, learning about the female reproductive cycle in the context of a couple managing their reproductive choices. The science of the system shows how biomarkers indicate when couples are naturally fertile and infertile, relieving or reducing the need for artificial contraceptive methods, while also pinpointing the most fertile times for couples wishing to conceive.
Because the only interventions are body observations and education into the philosophies of the system, there are no physical side effects or risks to either partner.
No. The rhythm method is a calendar and math-based calculation that works with a standardized expectation for a woman’s ovulation cycle. It’s not effective when the patient has irregular menstrual cycles, such as in adolescence and perimenopause. CrMS is a fertility awareness system that promotes medical knowledge of the changes in a woman’s body that indicate when ovulation occurs, and fertility is at maximum. Early fertile awareness systems used body temperature, mucus production, or a combination to determine ovulation. CrMS makes use of all of these in a practice called natural procreative technology, or NaProTechnology. Call or schedule an appointment online with the physicians at FMAA.
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