Pregnancy is a very important event in life that women should be well-prepared for it. But as many couples don’t want a child at some point in their lives, more and more women are looking for ways to prevent pregnancy. There are natural and artificial ways that can prevent pregnancy.
Natural ways will help in avoiding pregnancy without taking any medication or using any hormonal manipulation. There are many variations of natural birth control which includes the calendar method, the basal method, temperature method, the cervical mucus method, lactational amenorrhea, withdrawal, and abstinence. Below is a detailed explanation on how to apply some of these methods.
• Calendar Method: This method requires a woman to thoroughly monitor her menstrual cycle. This method will prevent pregnancy by determining the fertile days and the infertile days. The infertile days start from the day 1 up to day 7 as well as day 20 till the first day of the next menstrual period so pregnancy rate is very low, but from day 8 through day 19, there is a high risk for pregnancy because these days are fertile. This method is effective only for women with a regular cycle lasting 26 to 32 days.
• Basal Body Temperature Method: This method depends on monitoring the body temperature as a woman’s temperature would drop before ovulation and increase once the process ends. The elevated waking temperature for three days in a row is considered confirmation of the post-ovulatory less fertile phase.
• Lactational Amenorrhea Method: This method is used by women who has just given birth and is exclusively breastfeeding. It is an effective method for the first six months after childbirth, when the menstruation has not yet returned, provided that the mother feeds the baby every 4 hours during the day and every 6 hours during the night. After six months fertility may return at any time.
• Cervical Mucus Method: It is an effective method that is used to determine the fertile days and the infertile days. Check the cervical mucus, if you are fertile, you will find that the mucus is slippery, stretchy and clear white. On the other hand, if the cervical mucus is sticky, gluey and not stretchable, then you are not yet fertile. A woman should take into her consideration that medications like antihistamines, tranquilizers, antibiotics, and diuretics can greatly affect the appearance and characteristics of the cervical mucus.