Natural Birth Control Methods Require Careful Planning
Birth control is an essential part of life. Women need to pay attention to their reproduction in order to have the family they want. There are many methods of birth control available today. Many women, however, prefer natural forms of contraception. Using natural birth control has many advantages including no side effects or any harsh chemicals. In order to rely on natural birth control, however, careful observation is vital. A woman who is going to consider using birth control of this kind will need to be aware of her body and how it functions each month.
Know Your Body
The first thing to be aware of is your monthly menstrual cycle. Most women between the ages of menarche and menopause will have a specific cycle. First, they have a period of bleeding each month. Then, they have a time when the egg is preparing for development. After that time, the egg will travel down the Fallopian tubes. If it meets sperm, it may get fertilized and implant. The period after the release of the egg is called the luteal phase. During this time, the egg, if fertilized, will implant in the uterus and start to grow. If it does not get fertilized, it will be released by the body in the form of a period and the cycle starts all over again.
You can tell what’s going on in your body via several indications:
- your cervical fluid;
- your morning temperature;
- PMS symptoms
Tracking Your Cervical Fluid
The cervix is the opening to your uterus. It emits what is known as cervical fluid while the body is preparing an egg. You can track your cervical fluid by calendar to determine where you are each month so you can time intercourse or avoid it as desired. As your body is preparing for the release of an egg, the body will start to make cervical fluid that is stretchier and longer. The fluid will turn from a milky color to a clear color.
Tracking Your Temps
In addition to looking at your cervical fluid, you can also check your temperature each morning. A woman who is fertile will typically exhibit a specific pattern during the month. You can check this pattern as soon as you get up. Keep a thermometer by your bedside and use a calendar to check your daily temps. After you’re done with your period, you can start checking each day. Your temps should be below 97.5. Most women will then stay there for about ten to fifteen days. Then, your body starts to prepare for ovulation. You may or may not see a spike in temps the day before you are fertile. You can track this period by using ovulation prediction kits. This are available over the counter. Once you’ve ovulated, the sticks will make it clear by changing color. Five to six days before you ovulate is typically the best time to get try and get pregnant.
The Luteal Phase
Once ovulation is completed, you enter the luteal phase. This is the time when you cannot get pregnant because the egg has already been released. You should still take your temps as this can help you track when your period is probably about to start. If you do get pregnant, your body temps will go up to about 82.1 or so and stay that way while pregnant. Many women see a drop in temps once they are about to have their period again. This may also be accompanied by PMS side effects such as headaches and weight gain.