Health professionals in primary care services are in a key position to provide essential fertility awareness information to individuals at all stages of reproductive life: from menarche through to menopause. All reproductive health professionals require a working knowledge of the principles of fertility awareness and modern FAMs. Specialist advanced skills training is available for health professionals who wish to extend their role and achieve competence to teach fertility awareness methods for avoiding pregnancy. This section includes key resources and training events for health professionals.
FSRH Clinical Guidance: Fertility Awareness Methods: June 2015
This guidance document, developed by the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Clinical Effectiveness Unit, provides evidence-based recommendations and good practice points on the use of fertility awareness methods (FAM) for the purpose of preventing and/or spacing pregnancies. It is intended for any health care professional or health service providing contraception or conception advice in the UK.
The Complete Guide to Fertility Awareness by Jane Knight, Routledge 2016.
The Complete Guide to Fertility Awareness provides the science and methodology suitable for health professionals and a general audience. It covers reproductive physiology and the fertility indicators: temperature, cervical secretions and cycle length calculations. It explores ways to optimise conception and to manage conception delays. Case studies and self-assessment exercises are included throughout. The book addresses the scientific credibility of new technologies including fertility apps, home test kits, monitors and devices.
FertilityUK Study Day for health professionals, 4th February 2017
The next FertilityUK Study Day will be held at the Wesley Hotel, Euston, London on Saturday 4th February 2017. This study day provides an update for specialist FAM practitioners. It also provides an introduction to the topic for all health professionals and an opportunity to progress to the advanced skills course.
Topics to include:
- Male fertility update
- The menstrual cycle revisited: exploding the myth of the 28-day cycle
- Fertility apps: where is the evidence and quality assurance?
- Oxford Conception Study update
- The importance of preconception care
- Stages of reproductive ageing and peri-menopausal bleeding
Speakers to include:
- Dr Sheryl Homa, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Biosciences, University of Kent
- Jill Shawe Professor and Lead for Maternal and Family Healthcare, University of Surrey
- Dr Cecilia Pyper, Hon Research Fellow, NPEU, University of Oxford
- Jane Knight, Specialist Fertility Nurse Counsellor, Zita West clinic and FertilityUK
Programme and booking available via the Margaret Pyke Trust
FertilityUK Advanced Skills Course in Fertility Awareness
Module I – Wed 10th & Thurs 11th May 2017 TBC
Module II: Wed 11th & Thurs 12th October 2017 TBC
Oxford venue to be confirmed
The advanced skills course covers the theory and practice of fertility awareness methods (FAMs) for planning and avoiding pregnancy. This intensive four-day training is relevant to doctors, nurses and midwives working in general practice, family planning, fertility clinics and sexual and reproductive health care. It enables participants to achieve professional competence to offer FAMs as part of a comprehensive range of sexual and reproductive health care services. The course is valid for six CPD credits from FSRH.
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