Kindara gives users the tools they need to chart their fertility journey, and we recognized that there were some common aspects of the fertility journey that were not well represented, which is why we added some new icons to the chart! As always, your fertility chart is your own and most importantly it should make sense to you.
Insemination: Often, the journey to conception involves medical intervention. Kindara is introducing a new icon for insemination to be more inclusive and representative of different paths to conception.
Withdrawal*: Withdrawal or pulling out is when a man keeps semen away from the vagina by ejaculating outside of the vagina. Typically withdrawal is used to prevent pregnancy but it’s important to know that the effectiveness of withdrawal is very unforgiving of incorrect use and does not protect against STDs. For more information about this method, check out the CDC’s page. Before adding withdrawal, there were two icons for sex: protected and unprotected. User feedback was that withdrawal was commonly used and was not represented by either of these icons.
*Providing an icon for withdrawal does not mean Kindara endorses or promotes the use of withdrawal as a form of contraception. However, we recognize that withdrawal is a commonly used method by women who practice FABMs (fertility awareness based methods).
Protected Sex: The heart with the shield in front represents protected sex. This refers to sex with barrier methods of contraception including the use of a condom, spermicide, sponge, diaphragm, or a cervical cap. It’s up to you to know the effective rates of different barrier methods you use. Kindara is here to help you record them as part of your cycle tracking. Find more information on these methods here.
Unprotected Sex: A filled in heart represents unprotected sex. Unprotected sex is when there is sexual activity without the use of any form barrier method.