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Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System

Naprotechnology is an acronym for Natural Procreative Technology. It is a restorative reproductive science that seeks to identify and treat fertility issues in cooperation with a women’s natural cycle. It uses the Creighton Model FertilityCare System to track a women’s cycle. This system can be used to avoid or achieve pregnancy. Based on the charting, specific hormone testing can be done around the time of ovulation and post-ovulatory to help guide therapy.

It can be used to treat dysfunctional uterine bleeding, ovarian cysts, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and infertility.

All the treatments work cooperatively with a women’s own cycle and strive to restore her body to normal function. It has applications to support hormone levels in pregnancy and work to prevent miscarriage and preterm labor. The science can be applied throughout a women’s reproductive life from the onset of periods to breastfeeding to perimenopause. The goal is to give women knowledge of their fertility and health so they have the authority to make the decisions that best fit their family life.

“Women of all walks of life (married, engaged, single, adolescent) like the Creighton FertilityCare method because it is a natural method — it doesn’t disrupt the woman’s body’s natural process, like traditional contraceptives can,” explains Liz Kruse, RN, a practitioner in our fertility/family medicine clinic who teaches the system. “This method allows women to better understand how their bodies work and identifies abnormalities in the menstrual and fertility cycle. Our medical consultants in our family medicine clinic– Dr. Schoenfelder and Dr. Hanson — can then help to correct the abnormality.”

“FertilityCare is more than just getting pregnant – and the model and technology really address that. I love that it teaches a woman to recognize normalities in her body and take action when something isn’t right. It uses information about her normal menstrual cycle to be proactive in the process of becoming pregnant and when she does achieve a pregnancy. We have been so thankful for this tool and the providers we have worked with and are so excited to have Dr. Allison close to home to continue our care with her. She has been a huge part in our journey and we are very grateful to have her knowledge and support through times of grief and sorrow and most importantly joy and expectance.” ~ Maggie Greving

Effectiveness of the CrMS and NaProTECHNOLOGY
• 99.5% effective (perfect use)and 96.8% effective (typical use) in avoiding pregnancy. This is as effective as the birth control pill.
• On average is more successful than In Vitro Fertilization for assisting infertile couples, and does not result in early abortions or frozen embryos.
• Multiple pregnancy rates are 10 times lower than that with artificial reproductive technologies.
• 95% success rate for treating PMS.
• 95% success rate for treating postpartum depression (PPD).
• Has cut the prematurity rate from 12.1% to 7%.

Real solutions to real problems
• Infertility
• Menstrual cramps
• Premenstrual syndrome
• Ovarian cysts
• Irregular or abnormal bleeding
• Polycystic ovarian disease
• Recurrent miscarriage
• Postpartum depression
• Prematurity prevention
• Hormonal abnormalities
• Chronic discharges

Are you hoping to achieve a pregnancy? Or are you looking for a natural way to avoid pregnancy? Do you have concerns about hormone issues? The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (CrMS) is a great way to get started! The Orange City Area Health System FertilityCare Center, located within Orange City Area Health System’s family medicine clinic, is a medically-supervised program available for learning the Creighton Model.

The Creighton Model teaches women and couples how to identify fertile and infertile days in the menstrual cycle. The system is based on observations and tracking of physical signs of fertility, or biomarkers. This helps the couple to use this information to achieve or avoid a pregnancy. Research has shown this method is 99.5% accurate with perfect use and 96.8% accurate with typical use. These biomarkers can also identify problems with a woman’s health. As an additional benefit, couples typically report an increase in communication and satisfaction as a couple and a new appreciation for understanding how their bodies work. The system is easy to learn, standardized, and designed to fit your needs. The first step is attending an Introductory Session which explains the program. Then individual follow-up sessions are scheduled with a practitioner with the purpose of teaching, supporting, reviewing the chart, and assessing instructions. There are typically eight follow-up sessions in the first year. All services are private and confidential.

We have three registered nurses who are FertilityCare Trainers at Orange City Area Health System FerilityCare Center. These classes are conducted in our clinic on an individual basis. They are coordinated with Dr. Harrison Hanson and Dr. Allison Schoenfelder, family medicine and birthcare physicians at Orange City Area Health System, who are also certified medical consultants trained in NaPro Technology. NaPro Technology is a science that these providers use to help patients with infertility, recurrent miscarriages, PMS, ovarian cysts, menopause, and a variety of reproductive issues. They use the standardized charting of the Creighton Model as a tool to assist them in identifying indicators – or problems – and prescribing treatments on an individual basis.

If you are interested in learning the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, please call the clinic at 712-737-2000 to schedule a visit with Dr. Hanson or Dr. Schoenfelder.

FertilityCare™ practitioners Anita Schneider, Liz Kruse, and Rhonda Heller offer personal, confidential one-on-one sessions with women and couples regarding the Creighton Model, a medically-supervised program for achieving or avoiding pregnancy.