I know what you're thinking. What's BBT and why am I asking if you're down with it? What if I told you that you are capable of achieving or avoiding a baby bump (with 99.6% efficacy) without pills, patches, shots, or inserting thingamabobs into your uterus?
Not shitting you, this is real.
BBT, or Basal Body Temperature, is your temperature measured first thing when you wake up. This, combined with observing the changes in your cervical fluid throughout your cycle will reveal when you have ovulated, so you know when it's go time or no time in the conception department.
I know it sounds like snake oil, but rest assured, it's not. Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) is its name and understanding your body is its game. Not to be confused with any unreliable hippy dippy methods of unplanned pregnancies past, this right here, is the real deal, Holyfield, and its backed by scientific principles that track our bodies two primary signs of fertility. Kindara has created a beautiful, user-friendly app for keeping track of your daily data. It also lets you add in custom fields, like when you workout, when you go boozing, or when you travel (all of which, have the potential to affect your cycle). They also came out with a fancy thermometer that syncs with its app, but you can find an inexpensive digital thermometer on Amazon or your local drug store for under $10. If you've been grossed out by what goes on down under, you need to learn to embrace what you see in your panties, ladies. Amy Schumer knows what's up.
For a deeper understanding of FAM, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility, a book that has a permanent spot in my home library. It's the definitive bible of all things fertility that you'll reference time and time again. It was incredibly helpful when I first started using this method. I also found this Ted Talk with statistician Talithia Williams a reinforcement of the significance of getting in the driver's seat of your own health.
Visit the Kindara website and geek out on all this rad and empowering science. The inner workings of our bodies and our hormones are mind-blowingly complex, but if you take the time to track and understand them, you won't need a doctor to tell you what your body already knows (and nine times out of ten, knows more than your PCP).
So what did we learn? Download the app. Get a digital thermometer. Make friends with that mess in your panties. Trust me, this is one small significant shift for woman, one giant leap for womankind you'll want in on.
PS: I've traded over a decade of being on chemical BC for the FAM method and have successfully avoided pregnancy for 15 cycles and counting. The first few months will feel like reading hieroglyphics but stay the course and you'll never look back.