The Zero Waste Approach to Contraception
In this seminar, Seréna Québec will reveal the environmental impacts of different forms of contraception and introduce the Symptothermal Method. This method, which entails physiological observation of the menstrual cycle, is the most zero waste contraceptive option, and also is the least invasive method for the body. It allows both partners to share the responsibility for contraception.
The Executive Director of Seréna Québec, Marie-Hélène Viau, organized the first Québec Fertility Colloquium, a finalist for the Vivats Award for eco-responsible events, in 2015. With a background in political science and communications, she has been recognized by numerous organizations for her passion regarding environmental and women’s health. A researcher first, over the past ten years she has worked on regional development and community organizing from Montréal to Bas-du-Fleuve. Along with Seréna Québec’s medical consultants, she has developed and popularized a feminist and ecologically-healthy approach to the menstrual cycle and fertility in order to help people take charge of their reproductive health.
Seréna Québec is the only organization specializing in natural family planning in Québec. Founded in 1955, the nonprofit organization is recognized by the Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services, guided by medical consultants, and supported by a network of of accredited volunteers in a variety of regions. Seréna Québec perfected the Symptothermal Method and offers an information service, educational workshops, seminars, professional training, and personalized follow-up regarding the menstrual cycle, natural family planning, regaining fertility after delivery and perimenopause.