The founder of SymptoTherm

Notre histoire

L’histoire de la Fondation

 

Christine et Harri se sont rencontrés lors d’un voyage au Moyen-Orient en octobre 1999. Tombés amoureux l’un de l’autre, ils ont fusionné leurs projets de vie: régulation naturelle de la fécondité et le jeûne spirituel. Leur « enfant » est une fondation à but non lucratif, non confessionnelle, elle se nomme SymptoTherm, créée en 2001. Les deux approches destinées à promouvoir la santé sont censées fournir plus d’autonomie aux personnes, notamment aux couples, avec une attitude plus responsable à l’égard de leur corps. En même temps, elles promeuvent une vie écologique. Harri comprend rapidement que cette méthode implique une toute nouvelle philosophie de vie et qu'elle révolutionnera les grands courants actuels de la contraception et de la conception.

 

La Fondation SymptoTherm a commencé son travail au début 2001, basée entièrement sur les travaux du Professeur J. Rötzer et son livre L’Art de vivre sa fertilité, la méthode symptothermique*. Christine et Harri se sont rapidement heurtés à une résistance farouche face à l’expression « contraception naturelle ». Dès leurs débuts, ils ont essayé de simplifier et d'améliorer la méthode afin de contrer cette désinformation ambiante. Ils reprennent alors l’indicateur de fertilité Bioself (Genève), qui aide la femme à interpréter la montée des températures, avec l’observation des glaires afin de déterminer la phase infertile postovulatoire. Grâce à la première version de leur manuel, en 2004, ils proposent le double contrôle symptothermique entre la température (calculée par Bioself) et l’interprétation des glaires par la femme.

 

Cette approche hybride fut abandonnée et remplacée, en 2006, par le premier programme symptothermique numérique complet au monde, sur internet et téléphone portable du type Nokia. Fort de son expérience avec Bioself, Harri était à même d’élaborer le protocole pour sympto 1, téléchargeable à l’époque du site sympto.org, les App- et autres Stores n’existaient pas encore ! L’utilisatrice pouvait y introduire toutes ses observations utiles et nécessaires et le didacticiel arrivait à faire le double contrôle et à dessiner la fenêtre de fertilité. L’utilisatrice devait périodiquement synchroniser ses observations avec le site sur son compte Premium.

 

Cette solution cloud fut améliorée substantiellement en 2009 : sympto 2. L’utilisatrice peut désormais adresser toutes ses questions directement depuis l’application, et la conseillère, en se basant sur le profil et les observations de la femme, visible depuis le backoffice, peut lui répondre à travers la messagerie sympto. L’idée était aussi que les femmes puisse envoyer leur cyclogrammes à leur médecin traitant ou les placer sur les forums. La toute première application au sens moderne, disponible sur le AppStore, fut réalisée au début 2009. Depuis, elle a été améliorée une bonne dizaine de fois. sympto est présent aussi sur le store de Google et de Microsoft/Windows. La version sympto2 Premium n’a jamais failli ou provoqué un arrêt de système - il se peut que l’app fasse les siennes selon le portable utilisé. La Fondation peut aussi garantir la contraception naturelle pour autant que la femme a été suivie pendant au minimum 6 mois par une conseillère sympto. C’est une première dans le monde de la contraception.

 

En 2016, tout le système PHP de sympto.org est nettoyé et amélioré, la sécurité est ainsi renforcée et la vitesse accélérée.

 

Les innovations fondamentales de sympto2 sont multiples : Harri a intégré le système nfp-sensiplan allemand au sein du système Rötzer et il a ajouté de multiples facettes didactiques pour rendre le didacticiel plus cohérent et pour les débutantes et pour les expertes. sympto se considère finalement comme la synthèse achevée des autres écoles symptothermiques. Ce travail de synthèse original peut être retracé, pas à pas, dans le manuel La Symptothermie complète (2015), gratuitement téléchargeable sur sympto.org.

 

Histoire de la Méthode symptothermiques

 Des chercheurs catholiques ont développé la symptothermie dans les années 50. Les études cliniques sont toujours en train de se faire mais la méthode a une solide expérience de 30 ans. Les études cliniques peuvent être téléchargées de sympto.org (rubrique Etude). La symptothermie la plus avancée s’est incarnée dans sympto.org. Les études comparatives sur les différentes applications, entreprises par la Fondation et l’EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) en 2013 et 2014 ont été confirmées par une étude américaine, FACTS, de 2016 portant sur 30 applications et démontrant la supériorité de sympto.

L’intention était de développer une alternative naturelle fiable face aux hormones synthétiques Le problème de base pour la diffusion de la méthode n'est pas au niveau de la fiabilité, mais surtout liée à la désinformation de la population.

Par ailleurs, les organisations NFP (planning familial), plus catholiques que le Pape, exigent une chasteté rigoureuse pendant les jours fertiles. Ce qui peut effrayer plus d’un couple, aussi catholique, à entamer l’apprentissage de la symptothermie. Raison pour laquelle cette méthode est à peine connue et utilisée, pire ridiculisée ou ignorée. Une tendance positive se dessine aux Etats-Unis. Une organisation de médecins catholiques ouverts, FACTS, ont pris à bras le corps le problème de cette désinformation.

 

L’avenir de sympto

 

Les retombées positives de la connaissance symptothermiques sont énormes:

a)    Les filles et les jeunes femmes apprécient bien plus leurs corps qu’elles protégent en conséquence des rapports sexuels à risque et précoces

b)    Il y aura moins d’avortements car une meilleure connaissance et conscience des femmes dans la gestion de leur fertilité.

c)    La relation du couple se voit renforcée puisque la méthode est toujours un chemin à deux

d)    La société sera plus ouverte à l’égard des enfants puisque les femmes ont pu se reconnecter avec leur corps: il y aura plus d’enfants désirés dans les sociétés riches (à trop faible taux de natalité) et moins d’enfants non désirés dans les pays en voie de développement (aux taux de natalité incontrôlés)

e)    Les corps des femmes et de l’environnement, notamment les eaux, ne seront plus pollués par des hormones de synthèse.

 

* Le livre du Prof. Rötzer en français,

L’Art de vivre sa fertilité, la méthode symptothermique, voir sympto.org 

 

Our Story

 

SymptoTherm Foundation's History

 

Christine and Harri met on a trip to Israel in October 1999. They fell in love and combined their life projects: birth control and spiritual fasting. Their "child" became a, non-religious oriented, Foundation called SymptoTherm Foundation which they established in 2001. Both health-promoting approaches are meant to give more autonomy to people, and couples in particular, as well as more respect towards the body. They represent a truly ecological way of living. Harri is one of the few intellectuals who constantly questions himself and the status quo. He realises that this method implies a completely new philosophy that revolutionizes the mainstream approach to preventing or achieving pregnancy available to couples and mankind right now.

 

The SymptoTherm Foundation started to work in early 2001, entirely based on Prof. Rötzer's book, Natural Conception Regulation – the Way of Partnership. The Sympto-Thermal Method.*  Christine and Harri soon realised that the resistance, due to misconception about 'natural contraception', was immense, even frightening. Right from the start, they tried to simplify and improve the method in an attempt to cope with just this misconception. They combined a fertility monitor, Bioself (Geneva) that helped women determine the temperature rise and the resulting infertile days. Together with the first version of the instructional manual, it introduced the crosscheck of temperature and mucus observation.

 

This hybrid approach was improved in 2006 in the first symptothermal program on the Internet, Sympto 1, based on the knowledge of Bioself. Harri developed the first electronic protocol, which was transformed into software that could also be downloaded onto cell phones. It was the very first fertility app ever available! A woman could introduce all her essential observations and the program would cross-check temperature and mucus observation to generate a precise fertile window. She could synchronise her data, from time to time, and print out her cycles, from her computer.

 

The cloud solution was substantially improved in Sympto 2 in 2009. A woman can ask questions, directly on her phone, and a counsellor will reply to her, via the sympto message box, based on the information in the woman's profile and chart. Then she can send her charts to her friends or doctor, if required. The first sympto iPhone App was accredited by the AppStore in 2009. This Sympto 2 version has never failed when used correctly, meaning that the SymptoTherm Foundation guarantees effectiveness of this method of natural contraception if a woman has been using the App competently and has been in touch with a counsellor for at least 6 months. Sympto is the first and so far the only contraception method that can be guaranteed!

 

The fundamental improvements in Sympto 2 were manifold: Harri integrated the German NFP-Sensiplan within Prof. Rštzer's system and enhanced many educational aspects of the program to make it coherent for both beginners and advanced users. This original synthesis can be found, step by step, in the new manual, The Complete Symptothermal Guide: Ecological Birth Control & pregnancy Achievement (2014), available free of charge from sympto.org.

 

History of the Sympto-Thermal Method

Catholic researchers developed the Sympto-Thermal Methods (STM) in the 1950s. Clinical and scientific research is still ongoing at many European and American universities, but in its present form it has a good thirty years of solid experience and clinical data behind it. (Clinical records can be downloaded from sympto.org. The most advanced symptothermal method is applied on sympto.org and there is also a comparative study of fertility apps currently available in 2014)

The original purpose of the research was to develop a natural alternative to the synthetic contraception discouraged by the Vatican later on. However, here is the rub. Since they have a problem with the condom we are paradoxically indebted to them.  If the Catholic Church really had correctly informed people we were not going to have a situation where even most Catholics think  "natural contraception" is "very difficult" and "ineffective", and simply not a valid option. Our basic problem is that people are misinformed.

The Natural Family Planning organisations (NFP), loyal to the Vatican, imply connubial chastity during the fertile period, times of rigorous abstinence. Ironically, this chastity commandment is rejected even by practising Catholics themselves and therefore becomes one substantial reason why the STM is hardly known and applied, and even worse, why the STM is either ignored or ridiculed by most westerners. Still, there is some slight positive attitude towards it in North America. Non-faith oriented specialists also call the STM, "Fertility Awareness Based Method" (FABM). While in England, even though being a sympto-thermal desert, there is still an NHS accredited initiative carried out by Jane Night, fertility.uk. Besides Jane nobody of the NHS seems to be convinced about Fertility Awareness and she keeps it very low-key, too.

 

The Future of Sympto

 

The benefits of the Symptothermal knowledge are enormous:

 

a)    Girls and young women will appreciate their bodies much more and protect themselves from early and risky sexual intercourse

b)    There will be much less abortions

c)    A couple's relationship is reinforced since the method is always a way together

d)    Society will become much friendlier towards children because women have found a way back to connecting with their bodies - there will be more wanted children in wealthy societies and less unwanted children in developing countries

e)    Women's bodies and our ground water that we all consume will no longer be polluted with synthetic hormones.

 

 

* Prof. Rötzer's book in English,

Natural Conception Regulation – the Way of Partnership. The Sympto-Thermal Method

http://www.iner.org/anwenden/buecher-infos/lehrbuch-uebersetzungen.html

 

 

Our Story

 

SymptoTherm Foundation's History

 

Christine and Harri met on a trip to Israel in October 1999. They fell in love and combined their life projects: birth control and spiritual fasting. Their "child" became a, non-religious oriented, Foundation calledSymptoTherm Foundationwhich theyestablished in 2001. Both health-promoting approaches are meant to give more autonomy to people, and couples in particular, as well as more respect towards the body. They represent a truly ecological way of living. Harri is one of the few intellectuals who constantly questions himself and the status quo. He realises that this method implies a completely new philosophy that revolutionizes the mainstream approach to preventing or achieving pregnancy available to couples and mankind right now.

 

The SymptoTherm Foundation started to work in early 2001, entirely based on Prof. Rötzer's book, Natural Conception Regulation – the Way of Partnership. The Sympto-Thermal Method.*  Christine and Harri soon realised that the resistance, due to misconception about 'natural contraception', was immense, even frightening. Right from the start, they tried to simplify and improve the method in an attempt to cope with just this misconception. They combined a fertility monitor, Bioself (Geneva) that helped women determine the temperature rise and the resulting infertile days. Together with the first version of the instructional manual, it introduced the crosscheck of temperature and mucus observation.

 

This hybrid approach was improved in 2006 in the first symptothermal program on the Internet, Sympto 1, based on the knowledge of Bioself. Harri developed the first electronic protocol, which was transformed into software that could also be downloaded onto cell phones. It was the very first fertility app ever available! A woman could introduce all her essential observations and the program would cross-check temperature and mucus observation to generate a precise fertile window. She could synchronise her data, from time to time, and print out her cycles, from her computer.

 

The cloud solution was substantially improved in Sympto 2 in 2009. A woman can ask questions, directly on her phone, and a counsellor will reply to her, via the sympto message box, based on the information in the woman's profile and chart. Then she can send her charts to her friends or doctor, if required. The first sympto iPhone App was accredited by the AppStore in 2009. This Sympto 2 version has never failed when used correctly, meaning that the SymptoTherm Foundation guarantees effectiveness of this method of natural contraception if a woman has been using the App competently and has been in touch with a counsellor for at least 6 months. Sympto is the first and so far the only contraception method that can be guaranteed!

 

The fundamental improvements in Sympto 2 were manifold: Harri integrated the German NFP-Sensiplan within Prof. Rštzer's system and enhanced many educational aspects of the program to make it coherent for both beginners and advanced users. This original synthesis can be found, step by step, in the new manual, The Complete Symptothermal Guide: Ecological Birth Control & pregnancy Achievement (2014), available free of charge from sympto.org.

 

History of the Sympto-Thermal Method

Catholic researchers developed the Sympto-Thermal Methods (STM) in the 1950s. Clinical and scientific research is still ongoing at many European and American universities, but in its present form it has a good thirty years of solid experience and clinical data behind it. (Clinical records can be downloaded from sympto.org. The most advanced symptothermal method is applied on sympto.org and there is also a comparative study of fertility apps currently available in 2014)

The original purpose of the research was to develop a natural alternative to the synthetic contraception discouraged by the Vatican later on. However, here is the rub. Since they have a problem with the condom we are paradoxically indebted to them.  If the Catholic Church really had correctly informed people we were not going to have a situation where even most Catholics think  "natural contraception" is "very difficult" and "ineffective", and simply not a valid option. Our basic problem is that people are misinformed.

The Natural Family Planning organisations (NFP), loyal to the Vatican, imply connubial chastity during the fertile period, times of rigorous abstinence. Ironically, this chastity commandment is rejected even by practising Catholics themselves and therefore becomes one substantial reason why the STM is hardly known and applied, and even worse, why the STM is either ignored or ridiculed by most westerners. Still, there is some slight positive attitude towards it in North America. Non-faith oriented specialists also call the STM, "Fertility Awareness Based Method" (FABM). While in England, even though being a sympto-thermal desert, there is still an NHS accredited initiative carried out by Jane Night, fertility.uk. Besides Jane nobody of the NHS seems to be convinced about Fertility Awareness and she keeps it very low-key, too.

 

The Future of Sympto

 

The benefits of the Symptothermal knowledge are enormous:

 

a)    Girls and young women will appreciate their bodies much more and protect themselves from early and risky sexual intercourse

b)    There will be much less abortions

c)    A couple's relationship is reinforced since the method is always a way together

d)    Society will become much friendlier towards children because women have found a way back to connecting with their bodies - there will be more wanted children in wealthy societies and less unwanted children in developing countries

e)    Women's bodies and our ground water that we all consume will no longer be polluted with synthetic hormones.

 

 

* Prof. Rötzer's book in English,

Natural Conception Regulation – the Way of Partnership. The Sympto-Thermal Method

http://www.iner.org/anwenden/buecher-infos/lehrbuch-uebersetzungen.html

 

 

Liens externes

Sites partenaires

Liens Francais

La santé au féminin - http://www.naturofemme.ch/  
Concevoir un enfant - http://www.avoir-un-bebe.fr/  
Mum-made Babycare - http://www.liniment.ch/  
Aider les enfants à dormir plus longtemps - http://www.kid-sleep.com/  
Association soutenant le concept des « naissances respectées » - http://www.co-naitre.ch/  
Association qui promeut la naissance physiologique - http://www.nait-sens.ch/  
Préparation à la naissance - http://www.espace-bien-naitre.ch/  
Soins naturels et/ou complémentaires à la médecine conventionnelle ou scientifique généraliste - http://soinsalternatifs.ch/divers/index.php  
Naturopathie - http://www.corps-en-action.fr/  
Pendant la grossesse et doullas -  http://www.cadodelavie.ch

Liens Allemands

Hormonselbsthilfe - http://www.hormonhilfen.de/  
Hormon- und Gesundheitsberatung - http://www.totaloperation.com/  

Liens Anglais

Natural Womanhood - www.naturalwomanhood.org

Liens symptothermiques

Liens Francais

Association d'utilité publique qui œuvre pour l’épanouissement affectif et familial - http://www.cler.net/  
Planning Familial Naturel - http://www.pfn.be/  
Association qui s’occupe également d’autres problématiques familiales - http://www.avifa.ch/  

Liens Allemand

Rötzer Methode - http://www.iner.org/  
Natuerliche Familienplanung - http://www.natuerliche-familienplanung.de/

INER – Rötzer Method (several languages) - http://www.iner.org

Liens Anglais

Symptothermal Application - https://www.kindara.com/  
NFP, national fertility awareness service - http://www.fertilityuk.org/  
Billings method - http://www.londonnfp.com/lnfp/lnfp  
Couple to Couple League - http://www.ccli.org/

Northwest Family Services - http://www.nwfs.org/

Natural Family Planning Teachers’ Association  - http://www.nfpta.org.uk/

The Couple to Couple League in Great Britain (part of CCL International) - http://www.cclgb.org.uk/

Liga Pár Páru (part of Couple to Couple League US) Slovakia - http://www.lpp.sk/

Liga Pár Páru (part of Couple to Couple League US) Czech Republic CCL - http://www.lpp.cz/

SymptoPro - the improved American version of the Rötzer method -  http://www.symptopro.org/

Liens Australiens

Australian Council of Natural Family Planning - Sympto-Thermal and Lactational Amenoria methods - www.acnfp.com.au

Natural Fertility Australia - http://naturalfertilityaustralia.org.au/

Liens NFP

European Institute of Family Life Education - http://www.metodinaturali.it/

La Bottega dell'Orefice - http://www.metodinaturali.it/

Au niveau européen - http://www.nfp-europe.org/  
Allemagne - http://www.nfp-online.de/  
Autriche - http://www.ief.at/content/site/nfp/index.html  
Belgique néerlandophone - http://www.nfp.be/default.asp?iId=EDEDED  
Pays-Bas - http://www.nfp-nederland.nl/default.asp?iId=JMMGD  
Natural Family Planning International, Inc. (NFPI) - http://www.nfpandmore.org
Fédération francophone pour le Planning familial naturel - http://www.pfn.be/

Liens Billings

World Organisation of Ovulation Method Billings - http://www.woomb.org

Natural Family Planning Association - http://toronto.naturalfamilyplanning.ca/

World Organisation of Ovulation Method Billings (part of WOOMB Australia) - http://www.woomb.ca/

FertilityCare™ Centers of America Napro technology - Billings simplified - http://www.fertilitycare.org/

About Us

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The Founders of SymptoTherm Foundation, Switzerland, 2001

Christine Bourgeois

President of SymptoTherm Foundation, Switzerland

Christine is an art-therapist by profession born in Basel in 1951.
She became involved in Prof. Rötzer’s pioneering project with her late husband in the 80's. She is a mother of three children and now a grandmother of three boys. She participated in clinical studies carried out by Prof. Rötzer where he proved the high effectiveness of the first symptothermal method.

Christine has been counselling teenagers, couples, breastfeeding mothers and women in pre-menopause for over 30 years and always in very close collaboration with Prof. Rötzer. After the accidental death of her husband she wanted to keep a part of their relationship and continued to disseminate this fine knowledge as a light for other women and couples and edited the French version of Prof. Rötzer’s well-known manual Conception Regulation, the Way of Partnership. The Symptothermal Method in 1999.

Harri Wettstein

Secretary of SymptoTherm Foundation, Switzerland

Harri was born in Zürich in 1950.
He has a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg and MBA from the University of Lausanne. He published his Master's Doctoral Thesis about the End of Life Ethics, in three editions, in 1995. He started his career as a teacher, marketing specialist and has devoted his life to end-of-life issues. He owns harri-wettstein.de where his books are available for sale. In 1999 he published an important guide about spiritual and political fasting, “Le jeûne pour la vie” (Fasting for Life), and founded a fasting movement in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, a movement that is steadily increasing. He is a father of two children from his former marriage of 20 years. The split was largely due to a lack of sufficient knowledge of alternative contraception. His wife’s inability to tolerate synthetic hormones and the subsequent constant use of condoms put a strain on their relationship.

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