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How To Prevent Pregnancy Naturally

How to prevent Pregnancy Naturally

A alot of women are looking for ways to avoid pregnancy without using contraceptive pills or any other form of chemical birth control. But if you can  carefully monitor your body reproductive cycle and avoid sex during times when you are fertile, you can prevent pregnancy without using other forms of contraception. Using natural birth control methods can help you understand your body system better and have greater control over your sex life. And prevent pregnancy naturally

Steps To Prevent Pregnancy Naturally


             Know your ovulation period

 Ovulation occur when one of your ovaries releases an egg cell that begins to travel down the fallopian tube. The egg is ready to be fertilized during the next 12 to 24 hours if it meets a male sperm cell. If it meets a sperm and gets fertilized, the egg implants in your uterus; in other words, you become pregnant. If the egg doesn't get fertilized during that 12 to 24-hour period, it is released along with your uterine lining, and you have your period
  • For most women, ovulation happens about halfway through the menstrual cycle. The average cycle last for  28 days, but it can range from 24 or fewer to 32 or more. When you have your period, the cycle begins again.

    Know what it means to be fertile

When ever you have sex, sperm cells are ejaculated into the body, where they can live for up to five days.You can get pregnant if you have unprotected sex during the five days before ovulation and up till the day you ovulate. This is considered your fertile time, and to prevent pregnancy, you have to avoid unprotected sex during this period

•It sounds simple, but it's actually quite difficult to pinpoint exactly when this window ends and begins, since every woman's cycle is different.
  • The point of using contraceptive methods, natural or not, is to prevent sperm from meeting your egg cell during your fertile period.

To understand how natural contraceptive works 

   Natural contraceptive also called fertility awareness or natural family planning, has two parts. First, you have to track your body reproductive cycle well enough to point out when your fertile period begins and ends. Second, you have to avoid having sex during times when there's a chance you could get pregnant. When used perfectly, this method is 90 percent effective. When used typically, it is 85 percent effective (one percent less effective than condoms)

  • Tracking your body's reproductive cycle involves three daily tasks: taking your basal body temperature, checking your vaginal mucus, and recording your findings on a calendar. The combination of these tracking methods is called the sympto-thermal method of fertility awareness. Over time, you can analyze this data and have a good idea of when your fertilemo  begins and ends.
  • The tricky part is figuring out exactly when you can and can't have sex. Most women avoid sex for a stretch that starts a few days before the fertility window begins and ends a few days after the fertility window ends to play it safe. If you want to keep having sex, you can also choose to use a condom or another contraceptive method during this stretch.
  • Tracking your cycle is not an exact science. Factors like weight gain or loss, stress, illness and aging can change your cycle drastically from month to month. For natural contraception to be effective, it's essential to use all the tracking methods as strictly as possible, and interpret the data ovehelpful.

         Get a basal thermometer

 Your basal body temperature is your lowest temperature over a period of 24 hours. Your body experiences a slight rise in temperature just after ovulation. Monitoring your basal body temperature over time can give you an indication of when your peak fertility time is about to begin. Basal body thermometers are available in drugstores, and should come with a chart to help you track your temperature every day.
  • It's important to get a basal body thermometer, which measures your temperature's changes in small increments. A regular thermometer that you might use to check for a fever will not give you exact enough measurements to be helpful.

Record your basal body temperature every morning

To accurately track your basal body temperature, you must take your temperature at the same time every day. The most accurate way to do this is to take your temperature right when you wake up, before you get out of bed and start moving around. Keep the thermometer by your bed and get in the habit of taking your temperature first thing in the morning.

  • Basal body temperature can be taken in your vagina or in your mouth. Taking your temperature in your vagina will give you the most accurate reading from day to day. Whether you take your temperature orally or vaginally, do it the same way every day to ensure your readings are as consistent as possible.
  • To take your temperature, follow the instructions that came with your thermometer to set the thermometer and then insert it in your vagina. When you hear it beep after about thirty seconds to a minute, write down the exact temperature on the chart that came with your thermometer or in a diary. Make sure you record the date along with the temperature.

Search for a temperature spike that last between seven to twelve days

Before you ovulate, your average body temperature will range between 97.2 and 97.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Two to three days after ovulation, your body temperature will sharply rise between 0.4 and 1.0 degrees. This higher temperature usually lasts between seven and twelve days before dropping back to the lower temperature. Tracking this temperature spike from month to month will reveal a pattern, allowing you to begin anticipating when your body will next ovulate.

Track your temperature every day for three months

Do not rely on this method for accurate information about your reproductive cycle until you've taken your temperature for three months or more. If your cycle is regular, three months' worth of data should be enough to help you predict when your fertility will peak in the following months.
  • If your cycle tends to be irregular, you may need to take your temperature for six months or more before you can rely on the patterns that emerge.

  • Note that illness, stress, drinking alcohol and other factors can also affect your body temperature. That's why it's important to use this method with other tracking methods to back yourself up in case the basal body temperature pattern is thrown off for any reason.

  Interpretation the pattern to anticipate ovulation

 After three or more months of tracking your temperature every day, use your findings to try to anticipate when you'll ovulate next. It will be difficult to know exactly when you're going to ovulate, but several months' worth of data can help you find a general period during which you will be fertile. Interpret the data in this way:

  • Look at your chart and find the day when your regular spike in temperature occurs each month.
  • On a calendar, mark the two or three days before this temperature spike as the days when you are likely to ovulate. Remember, your temperature doesn't spike until two to three days after ovulation.
  • To practice natural contraception, avoid unprotected sex for at least five days before ovulation is supposed to begin, up through ovulation day.
  • Using the temperature method with other methods will give you a more accurate idea of when you'll be fertile.
  • Using the temperature method with other methods will give you a more accurate idea of when you'll be fertile.

Always examine your cervical mucus every morning

Start Checking  your cervical mucus after your period begins to taper off. Cervical mucus, which leaves your body as vaginal discharge, changes in texture, color and smell throughout your cycle. By checking it every day, you can use the patterns you find to predict when your body is fertile.

  • To check your mucus, wash your hands, then insert two fingers into your vagina and 

      Find out the texture and color

These characteristics of mucus change from day to day as your hormone levels fluctuate. The presence of certain types of mucus will indicate that your body is about to ovulate or has ovulated. Here are the qualities mucus has at different times in the cycle:

  • During the three to five days after your period ends, you'll probably have little to no discharge. It's highly unlikely you'll get pregnant during this time.
  • After the dry period, mucus will be cloudy and a little tacky. It's improbable (but not impossible) that you'll get pregnant if you have sex during this time.
  • Following the tacky discharge, it will start to become white or yellowish and creamy, similar to lotion. You are more likely to become pregnant if you have sex during this time, but your fertility has not yet peaked.
  • Following the creamy discharge, you'll notice thin, stretchy mucus with the consistency of egg whites. It might stretch between your fingers without breaking. Ovulation occurs on or after the last day this mucus is produced. When you see this kind of mucus, you are extremely fertile, and the likelihood of getting pregnant is high.
  • Afterward, it will return to the cloudy, tacky stage for several days.
  • The cycle ends when your period comes.

 Keep a record of your muscus characteristics

Write down the color and texture of your mucus every day. You may want to use the same chart you're using to track your temperature, so you have all the data in the same place. Remember to record the date as well. Here are examples of some detailed entries you might write:
  • 4/22: Mucus is tacky and white.
  • 4/26: Mucus is whitish and runny, like egg whites.
  • 4/31: Period started; heavy flow

After recording, interpret your cervical mucus patte

Your cervical mucus data will become more meaningful if you track your  patterns over several months, preferably three or more.Start looking for a regular pattern so you can try to predict when you will be fertile in the coming months.

  • You are most fertile when your mucus has the consistency of stretchy egg whites. Err on the safe side by avoiding sex for a few days before and after your mucus takes on these qualities each month. You might want to stop having sex when your mucus changes from tacky to creamy.
  • Compare the data to your basal body temperature patterns. Your mucus will probably turn stretchy and wet several days before your body temperature spikes. Ovulation will typically happen between the change in muc
  • us and the temperature spike.

You have to know your menstrual cycle

 Aside from taking your temperature and testing your mucus, you can use a calendar to track your cycle and help inform your predictions about when you're fertile. Most women with regular periods have a cycle that lasts between 26 and 32 days, although there are some women with shorter or longer cycles. The first day of your cycle is the first day your period starts, and the last day is the beginning of your next period.

  • For many women, the cycle changes a little from month to month. Stress, illness, weight loss or gain, and other factors can change your cycle.
  • In order for the calendar method to be useful, it should be used in conjunction with the other tracking methods.

Track your menstrual cycle calendar

You can track your circle the first day your cycle starts each month, mark it with a dot, or use another way of identifying the first day of your period. At the end of each cycle, count the number of days your cycle lasted.

  • Track your cycle for at least eight cycles to start gaining accurate data about the length of your cycle.
  • Keep a total of the number of days in each cycle and look for patterns.

Do not rely on this method without others

          You  might be tempted to skip taking your temperature and checking your mucus, but the calendar method alone is not reliable enough to accurately predict when you'll be fertile. Use the calendar method to help reinforce the patterns you recognize from the other methods.

  • There are too many factors that can affect the length of your cycle for this method to be completely reliable on its own.
  • If you experience irregular periods, this method may not provide useful information.

Find out when you are most likely to be fertile

Your period of fertility begins at the time when all the patterns align to indicate that you are about to ovulate. After using each tracking method for a period of several months, you should be able to have a pretty good picture of when your body will be fertile. You are probably fertile when.

  • Your records indicate that your basal body temperature will spike in three to five days, when you will ovulate.
  • Your cervical mucus is white or yellow and creamy, just before it becomes wet, stretchy and similar to egg whites in texture.
  • Your calendar shows that your first fertile day has begun.

Use the pattern to know when you will be fertile

You have to first of all find the shortest cycle you've ever tracked. Subtract 18 from the number of days the cycle lasted, and write down the number. Next, find day one of your current cycle on your calendar. Use the number you wrote down to count forward from the first day of your current cycle. The day you land on should be your first fertile day.

  • To find your last fertile day, find the longest cycle among all the cycles you've tracked. Subtract eleven from that number of days, and write down the number. Find day one of your current cycle, and use the number you wrote down to count forward that number of days. The day you land on should be your last fertile day.

Make smart decision on when to have sex

      For most women the window technically lasts for about six days: the day of ovulation and the five days before it. Some people prefer to play it safe by avoiding sex for at least a week before they predict ovulation will occur, and several days afterward. Others stop exactly five days before they think they'll ovulate. Once you have enough data at your disposal, the choice is yours to make.

  • You might want to be very cautious at first, as you are getting used to using natural contraceptive methods. Give yourself time to get to know your body before taking risks.
  • After using the  symptothermal  method for six months or a year, you may feel you understand your reproductive cycle very well. You can then narrow the time during which you avoid sex, resting easy that you can rely on your meticulous records.

 Apply other forms of contraceptive if your cracking failed

If you forget to track your temperature while on vacation, or haven't checked your vaginal mucus this month, do not rely on natural contraception to prevent pregnancy until you have at least two or three months' worth of careful records to fall back on again. In the meantime, use condoms or another form of contraception to prevent pregnancy.

How to prevent pregnancy naturally was written by floralove. 

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