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Creighton Model FertilityCareTM System

What is the CREIGHTON MODEL FertilityCareTM System?

The CREIGHTON MODEL FertilityCareTM System teaches a woman how to identify the fertile and infertile days in her cycle. The couple then uses this information to plan or avoid a pregnancy. The System was developed at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, and is based on a woman's observation and tracking of a characteristic cervical fluid that is present when she ovulates.  This characteristic discharge undergoes a progressive change throughout the cycle that is easy for the woman to learn to observe and to interpret.  There are no internal examinations, calendars, or test strips involved. The FertilityCareTM System has been extensively researched over the past 20 years and is scientifically based.  The system has a 99.6% degree of accuracy to avoid pregnancy and a very high degree of accuracy in achieving pregnancy. A Meta Analysis of five effectiveness studies was published in the June 1998 issue of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine.

FertilityCareTM System Facts.

  1. Regular cycles are not necessary to use the FertilityCareTM System. Women ovulate during one 24-hour period in each cycle.  It is impossible for a woman to ovulate today and again a week later.  In the case of twins or triplets, the second and third eggs are released during the same 24-hour period.
  2. Women will experience a very definite symptom when they ovulate. This is the time when they are fertile and pregnancy can occur.  This symptom is a cervical fluid that is produced in the cervix by the ovulatory hormone, estrogen. 
  3. This symptom usually begins several days prior to ovulation and undergoes a dramatic change once ovulation has passed.  The postovulatory hormone, progesterone, causes this change.
  4. A woman is taught the difference between this cervical fluid and other types of vaginal discharges that women may experience.
  5. By observing and tracking this discharge in a very simple yet standardized format, a woman can determine the beginning and end of fertility, regardless of cycle regularity. 
  6. A woman who is breastfeeding, coming off oral contraceptives, is experiencing long cycles, or is in peri-menopause can use the method with a very high degree of effectiveness.  It was often thought impossible for women in these reproductive categories to use a natural method.

The FertilityCareTM System is more than Natural Birth Control

The FertilityCareTM System is so much more than natural birth control. Birth control has only one purpose: preventing pregnancy.  The FertilityCareTM System , while highly effective in avoiding pregnancy, is also very effective in achieving pregnancy.  As an additional benefit, couples report that their communication increases.  Women express appreciation that this method also involves the man and that it helps her to understand her body.  A couple learns to appreciate their combined fertility in a new way, encouraging the development of a new view and appreciation of human sexuality.

The FertilityCareTM System Benefits Relationships.

If the intention is to avoid pregnancy, couples are instructed on the importance of avoiding genital contact on the days of fertility.  However, a person (couple) is sexual all of the time because our sexuality is part of who we are.  Therefore, sexual contact, hugs, kisses, sharing, listening, supporting, touching, etc., should never be avoided.  Couples learn SPICE, which stands for Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Communicative, and Emotional aspects.

The FertilityCareTM System is the First Step to NaPro TECHNOLOGY®.

NaPro TECHNOLOGY® is a new science that has its roots in the CREIGHTON MODEL FertilityCareTM System.  Physicians, nurse practitioners, and midwives are able to assist women with infertility, repeated miscarriages, PMS, Ovarian cysts, menopause, and a variety of reproductive issues through NaPro TECHNOLOGY®..  Professionals are taught how to read and interpret a woman's chart. The standardized charting provides a tool to identify indicators of luteal phase defects, limited mucus or dry cycles, endometriosis, low progesterone or early drop of progesterone, and ovarian cysts.  When these are confirmed by the healthcare practitioner, treatments can be prescribed that are founded in an understanding of what is actually occurring in the woman's cycle.

Certified FertilityCare Practitioners Teach the FertilityCare System.

The FertilityCareTM Practitioner is an allied health professional  who  meets the educational  standards of the AMERICAN ACADEMY of FertilityCareTM Professionals.  Practitioner training consists of a 13-month theoretical and clinical experience that includes teaching couples while working directly under supervision of a certified FertilityCareTM Educator.  The educational curriculum was developed at Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska, and is the only medical model of natural procreative technology that meets the requirements of an Allied Health Profession.  The highest degree of satisfaction is achieved when a qualified professional teaches a couple.

FertilityCareTM System and Infertility.

The FertilityCareTM System provides new hope for couples who are going through the experience of infertility or low fertility.  Not only does this method inform couples of when they are most fertile but it also aids in identifying factors that are not identified through other, more often used, diagnostic methods. Because women can determine if they are in their follicular or luteal phase, tests are more accurate and can be scheduled according to the woman's naturally occurring cycles of fertility and infertility, instead of the calendar.

The FertilityCareTM System is Accessible to Anyone.

The first step to learning about the system is to attend an Introductory Session. The monthly group or private session can be scheduled to accommodate the individual or couple's needs and provides the foundation for using the Creighton Model FertilityCare System.  A fee of $60 covers the private session and the Personal Fertility Kit that contains a user manual, chart and stickers for tracking of fertility and the events of the menstrual cycle.  Those attending the monthly group session are discounted to $30.  Following the session, a follow-up appointment is scheduled with a certified practitioner. The fee for the session is $45.  Follow-up sessions are private appointments structured for the purpose of support, learning, chart review and assessing instructions. There are eight follow-up sessions over a one-year period. The first four sessions are scheduled two weeks apart during the first two months of learning and then become less frequent as the learning progresses.  All services are private and confidential.

If interested, please call or contact the center:

OSF Saint Anthony FertilityCare Center
5666 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
(815) 227-2870
mailto:Mary.E.O’Grady@osfhealthcare.org

Financial assistance is offered to individuals who are unable to afford our services.

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Our Mission is to provide reliable evidence-based FertilityCare TM services consistent with the Gospel of Life while preserving the dignity of every human person.

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