Family Planning, when used correctly is an excellent tool for avoiding
pregnancy without the harmful side effects of hormones. Fertility
Awareness and Symptom-Thermal testing are tools to help women to learn
about her body's signals. Through this method, couples can tell on a
day-to-day basis whether or not they are capable of getting pregnant.
about one-quarter of the menstrual cycle, woman are potentially
fertile. Understanding when, in your cycle, you are fertile is a
natural, reliable way for a woman to avoid (or increase) her chances of
getting pregnant, while reducing or eliminating use of contraceptives.
On this web page, I will discuss this method as a form of birth
control. For issues of infertitily, look at theFertitlity
awareness is a learned art. Modern methods of fertility awareness do
not rely on the “Rhythm Method” or calendar
calculations, but are based on a scientific and accurate understanding
of fertility. An increasing number of women choose a natural method for
health reasons or dislike of contraceptives. I personally found myself
in the grips of a chronic illness just after taking my first shot of
far as the clients I see as a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a
colon hydrotherapist goes, Candida albicans or yeast overgrowth is an
extremely common health problem. Numerous doctors have connected
Candida related health problems to hormonal birth control methods.
Besides health related issues, I personally have found it infinitely
more satisfying to take my temperature in the morning before getting up
than to stop lovemaking to put on a condom or insert a cervical cap.
this, I highly recommend that you take the time needed, just a few
minutes a day, to chart your fertility signals and to learn what they
mean. The following are the three main fertility signals used to
predict fertility and ovulation:
1. Basal body temperature:This
is the temperature of your body in a resting state, before any activity
has occurred, taken at the same time every morning, with a special
thermometer. Basal body temperature can be used to determine if you are
ovulating, when it would be safe to have wonderfully natural
intercourse without the risk of a pregnancy, when you will get your
period, and if there are potential problems in your cycle. Body
temperature cannot be used alone to determine fertility, since the rise
in temperature indicates when ovulation has already occurred.
2. Cervical Fluid:The
cervical fluid is an excellent indicator of fertility. Virtually all
ovulating women experience an observable, changing pattern of cervical
mucus throughout their cycle. Once you learn to recognize the changes,
you will realize how simple your job of charting your fertility will
be. When you are fertile, your cervical fluid becomes wet and has an
eggwhite-quality to it. Mucus, as observed by a woman herself, is a
scientifically verifiable sign of fertility.
3. Cervical Position:
The two above measures are required. This measure is usually optional,
but a very good indication of fertility. You check your cervix daily,
or when you are experiencing the "egg white" type fluid, and fertility
is assumed when the cervix changes from being low, thick and closed to
being high (sometimes you can't even reach it) and open
What are the other
benefits of this method of birth control and/or pregnancy achievement?
Encourages shared responsibility and fosters a more loving relationship.
Enables a couple to be independent and in control of their fertility.
Assists couples in getting pregnant. This method often avoids much of
the confusion, expense and pain of infertility and medical intervention.
not rely on regular cycles.
be used at all stages of reproductive life and can serve as a permanent
journal for a woman who wishes to compare changes in her gynecological
health throughout the years. This broader understanding will help you
become quickly aware of anything abnormal such as infections or cysts..
up to 98% effective against pregnancy, when used by motivated couples,
and is used correctly. It is equal in effectiveness to "the Pill."
is recognized by many religions as an acceptable form of birth control.
is useful to take along to yearly exams to help your health
practitioner get a better picture of your health and cycles throughout
can be used to understand and treat PMS discomfort and cyclic mood
changes and to record energy changes and emotions. Charting can help
you predict and plan for these times.
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information contained in these pages have been extracted from many
sources including scientific study, folk wisdom and traditional uses.
They are providied for educational purposes only. We do not intend to
prescribe, treat, or diognose any illness. Consult your Natural Health