- Instruction in the Symptothermal Method of natural family planning
- Instruction in the Lactational Amenorrheah Method (LAM)
- Instruction in the transition from L.A.M to the Symptothermal method while breastfeeding
- Instruction for users of the Symptothermal Method approaching menopause
- Distance instructions provided via internet
- Follow up consultations and chart interpretation
- Group or private sessions
- Materials and publications available for purchase.
- online chart for your own records and archiving.
Instruction in the Symptothermal Method of natural family planning
SERENA is an organization of trained and nationally accredited volunteers who are users of the Symptothermal Method. Our teacher-couples are specially trained to give instruction in fertility awareness and in the effective practise of the Symptothermal Method. Specific instruction is available which meets the needs of women and couples in various situations that occur during their reproductive lives. Our teacher couples can offer you personalized guidance and ongoing support.
Typically a consultation consists of one or two sessions with an certified SERENA teacher-couple.
The first step is to provide a basic understanding of human fertility and to teach the basic rules for following the Symptothermal Method and interpreting the data. Then, after reviewing symptothermal charts which illustrate various real life situations, the couple will be given the opportunity to use their new found knowledge by filling in a practice chart as part of a review of the rules of interpretation.
A couple will learn to observe and chart natural changes in a woman’s body that signal whether she is fertile or infertile on any given day of the menstrual cycle. With this knowledge, a couple can determine when they are fertile. Through loving dialogue a couple can choose, each menstrual cycle, to avoid a pregnancy or to conceive a new member of their family.
Why the emphasis on meeting as a couple? In my situation, this is not possible. Can I still meet with a Serena Teacher-Couple?
In SERENA's sixty years of teaching experience, teaching couple to couple provides the best outcome. Both members of the teacher-couple bring their life experience, viewpoint and skills to the teaching session. The couple receiving instruction can both ask for clarification, and will have the opportunity to start this new enterprise with a common experience. The sessions a confidential and participants are not expected to divulge any personal information. Depending on circumstances, we will meet with an individual, either a woman, or as has happened, a man.
Your teacher-couple remains available for additional consultations, as needed. There is no charge for further education - only for materials as required. You can contact your teacher-couple by phone or e-mail to ask them to repeat or to add to information given, and to help you interpret your symptothermal chart if questions arise. Consulting with an accredited teacher-couple is encouraged when difficult situations or changes in life arise. These follow-ups are an essential step toward successful use and confidence in the method.
The best way to learn the Symptothermal Method is in a face-to-face meeting with an accredited teacher-couple. For a couple nearest you, contact the coordinator in your province. See our provincial contacts list or email
. When emailing an inquiry, please indicate your complete contact information.
Serena has paper charts for every circumstance:
Publications available from SERENA:
- Planning Your Family the ST Way by Suzanne Parenteau, M.D (80 pages)
This is the essential reference for anyone learning the Sympto-Thermal Method. While it cannot replace the couple-to-couple teaching provided by Serena, it is a very useful summary, with numerous examples of specific applications in the various situations that a couple may encounter throughout their life together. If you use this as your introduction to the Symptothermal Method we encourage you to contact Serena to arrange for a meeting with one of our supportive Teacher-Couples. (This item is out of print. An new updated version is currently being written and will be available in the near future.)
- The Symptothermal Method - General Instructions Handbook (GIH). This concise booklet contains the basic rules of the method. Enough to get you started in using the method. Comes with a sample practice chart.