Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Natural Family Planning (NFP) and Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABM)?
Can a couple use barrier methods during their fertile window when using the Marquette Method?
How much does the Marquette Method cost? What do I need to buy to get started?
You can also choose to buy a used monitor to save money. Used monitors are a reliable alternative; if the monitor detects that it is not functioning properly, it will display an error message. Used monitors are often sold on buy and sell sites such as Kijiji, Craigslist, and ebay. If you do purchase a used monitor, you will need to reset it to it’s factory settings prior to first use. Your instructor can guide you through this process.
In addition to the one-time purchase of a monitor, couples will also need 10-15 disposable test sticks per cycle. For women in regular cycles this will cost approximately $16-24 per month. Women in the postpartum phase of their fertility test every day or every second day, depending on the protocol you choose. If testing everyday, test sticks will cost approximately $48 per month. Testing every second day will cost about $24 per month.
Shop around for the test sticks for the best price, the price can vary greatly. They tend to be much cheaper at Costco Online and Amazon than at pharmacies. Boxes of sticks come with an expiry date, and sticks must be used within six months after the expiry date.
We can’t afford the monitor and the test sticks. Can you practice the Marquette Method without them?
Another economical option is to purchase a used monitor online. Buy and sell sites such as eBay and Kijiji frequently have used monitors available. Your instructor can help you reset the monitor back to its factory settings. Because many couples buy the monitor to help them conceive, and then conceive quickly, the resale market is quite robust for gently-used machines.
The Marquette Method relies on the use of hormone monitoring to track the luteinizing hormone levels throughout your cycles. Once the peak day of fertility is identified, an algorithm will be applied to determine the end of your fertile window. If you are unable to afford the cost of the Clearblue fertility monitor and the monthly cost of the test strips, the method can be applied using less expensive Wondfo Ovulation Strips. The use of Wondfo Ovulation Strips could potentially indicate a need for more abstinence than following the method using the Clearblue fertility monitor, but some couples may choose this option as a means to save money.
The researchers at Marquette University have also developed an alternative mucus + algorithm protocol that does not employ the monitor. It is less effective than the protocol that uses the fertility monitor and requires more abstinence, but there are no ongoing monthly costs. This “mucus + algorithm” method of Marquette is 98% with correct use and 80-84% effective for typical use.
Can’t I just learn and practice the method on my own?
Couples, even those who are very careful in trying to follow the method as posted online, commonly realize, after starting to work with an instructor, that they have unknowingly been following the protocols incorrectly. Any deviation from the Marquette Method can result in lower efficacy rates or unnecessary abstinence. A Marquette Method instructor, through personalized instruction, hands-on examples and activities, and double-checking your charts, can ensure that you understand the method fully and are using it correctly.
Couples using the Marquette Method often come across circumstances that are not covered by the instructions available online, such as what to do in long cycles or if their monitor routinely fails to detect peak. The instructions online provide only the “basics.” A Marquette Method instructor who knows the ins and outs of the method can advise on what to do when your personal circumstances get complicated.
Should I buy the monitor and test strips before taking my Marquette Method classes?
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