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General FAQs

How can the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System be used?

There are three basic ways in which the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System  (CrMS) assists women and couples to appreciate and care for their procreative and gynecological health.  In addition, the system assists women and couples in understanding and communicating medically significant information which can be used in collaboration with specially trained medical consultants in order to implement NaProTECHNOLOGY® for the diagnosis and treatment of gynecological health and subfertility issues.

The CrMS is grounded in over 40 years of scientific research and was pioneered by the work of Dr. Thomas Hilgers.  The system can be effectively used to:

1. Assist couples who wish to avoid pregnancy naturally.  Can be used in all reproductive categories (normal cycles, long cycles, breastfeeding, etc.).  (96.8% – 99.5% effective)

2. Assist couples who wish to achieve pregnancy.  Can be used for couples of normal fertility as well as subfertile couples.*  Many subfertile couples can achieve a pregnancy through recourse to the CrMS alone.  With NaProTECHNOLOGY® offered through our medical consultantsup to 80% of couples can achieve a pregnancy naturally depending upon their diagnosed underlying condition.*

3. Monitor and evaluate gynecological health in conjunction with NaProTECHNOLOGY®.

*Can be used to time and/or achieve a pregnancy.  Method is 98% effective for achieving a pregnancy within 6 months of use for couples of normal fertility.  System can assist up to 80% of couples experiencing subfertility to achieve a pregnancy when combined with with NaProTECHNOLOGY® (Natural Procreative Technology) offered in collaboration with our medical consultants.

To learn more about NaProTECHNOLOGY®, please see our NaProTECHNOLOGY® Resources Page.

How do I learn the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System?

The first step in learning the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (CrMS) is to attend the CrMS Introductory Session presented by a certified FertilityCare™ Practitioner (or Practitioner Intern). 

After attending the CrMS Introductory Session, you may:

  • Schedule your First CrMS Follow-up Session with a certified FertilityCare™ Practitioner (or Practitioner Intern).  (The First CrMS Follow-up Session is two weeks following the CrMS Introductory Session to allow for two weeks of charting.)
  • Purchase an Introductory Packet ($35) to begin charting.  (Available only for couples who choose to learn the system from an FCP or FCPI to ensure accurate and standardized use of the system.)
  • Making your observations and recording them according to the CrMS Basic Instructions.
  • Attend each of eight recommended CrMS Follow-up Sessions over the course of a year with your FertilityCare™ Practitioner.  (The most intensive and critical teaching and tailoring of the system occurs in the first four Follow-up sessions.)

(Information on dates and times of the CrMS Introductory Session can be found by clicking here.)

Truly learning and implementing the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System takes place through the normal course of eight CrMS Follow-up Sessions.  During these private one-on-one (one practitioner to one couple/woman) CrMS Follow-up Sessions, your FertilityCare™ Practitioner will advance your specific instructions  and provide standardized assessment and advanced instruction on the CrMS.  Attending all of the recommended CrMS Follow-up Sessions will ensure that you confidently and effectively learn and use the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System.


How often would I meet with my CrMS FertilityCare™ Practitioner?

After attending the CrMS Introductory Session, there are five CrMS Follow-up Sessions in the first three months and three more over the next nine months. You will meet with your practitioner every 2 weeks for the first two months, and then follow-ups are spaced out more afterwards, to once every month and then every 3 months. After these initial eight CrMS Follow-up Sessions, the client and practitioner will meet every 6 to 12 months, depending on the needs of the client. More information on the CrMS Follow-up Sessions can be found here.


What is a FertilityCare™ Practitioner?

A FertilityCare™ Practitioner (FCP) is a provider of the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System who is certified to teach and establish a FertilityCare™ Center.  Every FertilityCare™ Practitioner has received formal training and education from a certified FertilityCare™ Education Program.  Every FertilityCare™ Practitioner has completed a minimum of 13 months of supervised training and has passed all of the required exams and completed all educational requirements necessary to become a FertilityCare™ Practitioner .  A FertilityCare™ Practitioner is able to teach the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and is authorized to use the FertilityCare™ name in his or her practice.  FertilityCare™ Practitioners teach new clients the FertilityCare System through the CrMS Introductory Sessions and CrMS Follow-up Sessions.  Practitioners will also accept transfer clients who have already learned and are using the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System.

FertilityCare™ Practitioners are able to offer NaProTECHNOLOGY® through collaboration with and referral to a NaProTECHNOLOGY® trained Medical Consultant.  The FertilityCare™ Practitioner operates within an allied health system which is able to incorporate the CrMS System with an integral approach to a woman’s procreative health through referral and collaboration with specially trained medical doctors.


What is a FertilityCare™ Practitioner Intern?

A FertilityCare™ Practitioner Intern (FCPI) is a qualified professional provider of the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System who is in the process of becoming a FertilityCare™ Practitioner.  All FertilityCare™ Practitioner Interns are qualified to teach the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System under the supervision of a FertilityCare™ Educator.  Practitioner Interns are authorized to offer and present the CrMS Introductory Session and are able to take on a limited number of new clients for CrMS Follow-up Sessions.

Practitioner Interns typically only accept clients who have not yet been instructed in the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System.  Practitioner interns do not normally accept transfer clients.  Clients who have already been trained in the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and are seeking assistance may contact a FertilityCare™ Practitioner.


Do I need to attend the CrMS Follow-up Sessions, or is the CrMS Introductory Session sufficient?

The CrMS Introductory Session provides a scientific background on the reasoning why this natural system of family planning is effective, each CrMS Follow-up Session provides the  education, use assessment, and individualized instruction that allows a couple to use the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System with confidence and effectiveness.  CrMS Follow-up Sessions are always private so that you may quickly gain confidence in the system. One aspect of successfully using the system is attending the follow-ups so that your practitioner can help you to ensure that you are using the system correctly and to address any specific questions or concerns you might be facing.  Attending the follow-ups is the only way to ensure that you are effectively using the actual Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and not another less effective self-made version of the system.  Over 30 years of research and development makes the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System one of the most reliable fertility awareness systems available to couples and women.

CrMS Follow-up Sessions are very important for learning and using the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System.  The System is designed to be taught progressively over the course of several CrMS Follow-up Sessions.  After attending four or five Follow-up Sessions, couples normally express great satisfaction with the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and are grateful for the resources they have access to through their FertilityCare™ Practitioner.  Each CrMS Follow-up Session helps you to gain confidence in your use of the system and to effectively put the system into practice.  The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System is a collaborative system which results in the highest professional standard of care.  The standardized CrMS Follow-up Session Schedule assures you are truly learning the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and empowered to use it both confidently and effectively.


Can the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System be used to effectively assist couples who are struggling with infertility?

Yes!  The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System can be in integrated with the medical science of NaProTECHNOLOGY® to help couples who have been diagnosed with “unexplained infertility” to determine the underlying causes of their condition.  In cases in which the underlying cause is already suspected or known, medical consultants trained in NaProTECHNOLOGY®  can confirm and may be able to treat the underlying condition.  Couples experiencing infertility (subfertility) can be to medical consultants for diagnosis and treatment using  NaProTECHNOLOGY® after they have learned and begun using the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System.


Can the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System be used to effectively assist couples who have had miscarriages?

Yes.  The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System can be used in conjunction with NaProTECHNOLOGY®to assist couples to both achieve and maintain a pregnancy.  Using NaProTECHNOLOGY®, medical consultants can assist you in significantly reducing the risk of miscarriage.


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