Teachers play a critical role in educating girls to understand their bodies, and to understand ovulation as a sign of health. Starting from the physiology of the cycle, and the developmental age of the child, teachers help girls to understand and manage their health and fertility. The teenMEN program provides the same focus and information to boys, with appropriate physiological and developmental adaptations.
Summary: 10 class instruction (each class 90 minutes)
Class 1. FEMM Intro and Anatomy
Class 2. FEMM Session 1 – FEMM and Your Health (Learn how hormones influence your health and how to chart your hormonal activity.)
Class 3. FEMM Session 2 – FEMM Expert (Learn to identify healthy patterns or health problems.)
Class 4. FEMM Family Planning (Learn to manage your fertility.)
Class 5. FEMM Practice Teaching (PT) Overview and instructions
Class 6. The Reproductive Continuum
Class 7. History of Family Planning Methods
Class 8. The Continuum: Cycle Variations & Wellness
Class 9. Medical Management and Infertility; Chart assessment and Next Steps to Certification
Class 10. teenFEMM
The teenFEMM focus prioritizes the content and pedagogy for teens, which focuses on the following topic areas. The teenFEMM curriculum adds additional content for body image, technology, and a focus on building healthy friendships.
1. Your body – normal and healthy
2. Charting – recognizing signs of health
3. Puberty – understanding hormones
4. Beginning of life – hormones, choices & sexual health
5. Brain and hormones – brain development & emotions
6. Your health – daily decisions impact your health
teenFEMM provides girls with knowledge about their bodies and cycles, and support to navigate their health and well-being during this critical phase of their life.
Lecture-based Coursework (first 10 weeks of course)
• 8 weekly quizzes
• 3 Practice Charting Homework Assignments
Practice Teaching (Begins on Week 5 of the course)
• Practice Teach 3-5 clients
• Individually teach each client the 3 FEMM Sessions
• Work closely with each client for 4-6 months, in order for them to achieve a minimum of 3 full cycles of charting
• Complete Practice Teaching Reporting (3 Session Reports) for 1 client
• After the completion of Practice Teaching Sessions, submit a
• Final Chart Assessment for all 3 clients
You must complete the lecture and quiz portion of the course (10 weeks) and the practice teaching aspect in order to be eligible for the Final Exam.
Once you pass the Final Exam you would be certified as a FEMM Teacher.
All Exams and teaching materials are included in the price.
While the lectures and quizzes are only 10 weeks long, the practice teaching of the aspect of the course along with the final exam typically takes 6-9 months to complete.
FEMM allows certification within 1 year of the start date of the course.
Yes, students are responsible for finding their own clients to teach during certification (and following).
The live portion of the FEMM Teacher Training course is a 90-minute session given live on Tuesday evenings in USA Eastern Standard time zone, over 10 weeks. However, the sessions are recorded and the video will be provided so that you can watch at any time during the week.
As a FEMM Teacher, you will be equipped to teach women in your community and online. FEMM does not commit to providing clients to our teachers, however, after certification you will be added to FEMM’s Teacher Directory and clients may be able to search your profile.
Some teachers set up their own health/fertility coaching practice, others work jointly with clinics or health centers to provide the education there, and some work solely in NFP circles.
FEMM Teacher Training Courses are only offered in English at this time.
While the language barrier could be a concern, we have participation from many for whom English is a second language.
All quizzes, course work, practice teaching reports, and chart assessments have to be completed in English. At this time we are only able to provide Spanish language materials for teachers to use with their clients but the course certification itself is entirely in English.
As a FEMM Teacher you will be trained to identify hormonal imbalances in the cycle, such as noting estrogen imbalances or low progesterone, however, since layperson’s are not equipped to make medical diagnosis’ we do not train our FEMM Teachers to identify or diagnose specific reproductive disorders such as PCOS or endometriosis. Specific reproductive disorders and cycle patterns is something that is covered in the Medical Management Training course. FEMM teachers are equipped to work with clients to identify abnormalities in their cycle, and refer to trained FEMM medical providers.