Natural Birth Control

Natural Birth Control

Natural birth control is when pregnancy is prevented without the use of medications or physical devices. Natural birth control relies on a woman being aware of her body which is also called fertility awareness. Fertility awareness should be taught to a young girl by the women in her family when she starts her menstrual cycle.

Fertility awareness (FA) refers to a set of practices used to determine the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Fertility awareness methods may be used to avoid pregnancy, to achieve pregnancy, or as a way to monitor gynecological health.  Methods of identifying infertile days have been known since ancient times, and has only gotten more accurate which the use of technological advances.

Natural Birth Control Effective Rate

While natural birth-control methods might not be as effective as condoms or birth-control pills,  if any of the modern Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) are followed accurately, the protection can be as much as 97–99 percent.

What you should know, however, is that if you make an error in your calculations or take a misstep, the protection that may have been 98–99 percent drops to just about 75 percent or lower, depending on how far off your accuracy is.  While protection in the high 90s is good enough for most, if you need to improve the effectiveness of the method, be doubly sure to follow all the rules. If you aren’t willing to pay attention to your body closely, you may want to consider a different approach.

Natural Birth Control Methods

Herbs For Birth Control

Herbs can be effective at preventing pregnancy. Herbs are preferable to chemical-based agents, synthetic hormones, and methods of birth control.  The herbs help to prevent pregnancy in the following manner:

  • They prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg
  • They prevent the release of an egg
  • They prevent implantation of the fertilizes egg

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Some suggested herbs are as follows:

  • Neem
  • Castor beans
  • Gossypol
  • Thunder God Vine
  • Evodia
  • Wild carrot
  • Ginger root
  • Thistle


Calendar Based Method

Women have predictable periods of fertility and infertility. Women only becomes pregnant in specific periods in the month, which is known as ovulation. In 1905 Theodoor Hendrik van de Velde, a Dutch gynecologist, showed that women only ovulate once per menstrual cycle.  In the 1920s, Kyusaku Ogino, a Japanese gynecologist, and Hermann Knaus, from Austria, independently discovered that ovulation occurs about fourteen days before the next menstrual period.

Ogino used his discovery to develop a formula for use in aiding infertile women to time intercourse to achieve pregnancy. In 1930, John Smulders, Roman Catholic physician from the Netherlands, used this discovery to create a method for avoiding pregnancy. Smulders published his work with the Dutch Roman Catholic medical association, and this was the first formalized system for periodic abstinence: the rhythm method.

Rhythm Method

In the calendar rhythm method, the fertile period is calculated in which a woman subtracts 18 days from her shortest menstrual cycle which will tell her about her first fertile day and if she subtracts 11 days from her longest menstrual cycle, then it will tell her about her last fertile period. By this, she can calculate the total number of days during which she may ovulate.

There will be a greater number of days during which a woman might become pregnant if her menstrual cycles are quite irregular from month to month. The effectiveness of this method is 80% in preventing pregnancy and it is outdated and ineffective when used alone.

Rhythm Method is best used with a condom or another method of birth control.

  • Record the length of 6 to 12 of your menstrual cycles. Using a calendar, write down the number of days in each menstrual cycle — counting from the first day of your period to the first day of your next period.
  • Determine the length of your shortest menstrual cycle. Subtract 18 from the total number of days in your shortest cycle. This number represents the first fertile day of your cycle. For example, if your shortest cycle is 26 days long, subtract 18 from 26 — which equals 8. In this example, the first day of your cycle is the first day of menstrual bleeding and the eighth day of your cycle is the first fertile day.
  • Determine the length of your longest menstrual cycle. Subtract 11 from the total number of days in your longest cycle. This number represents the last fertile day of your cycle. For example, if your longest cycle is 32 days long, subtract 11 from 32 — which equals 21. In this example, the first day of your cycle is the first day of menstrual bleeding and the 21st day of your cycle is the last fertile day.
  • Plan sex carefully during fertile days. If you’re hoping to avoid pregnancy, unprotected sex is off-limits during your fertile days — every month. On the other hand, if you’re hoping to get pregnant, have sex regularly during your fertile days.
  • Update your calculations every month. Continue recording the length of your menstrual cycles to make sure you’re properly determining your fertile days.

Standard Days Method

“The Standard Days Method (SDM) determines fertile days using two sets of probabilities: the probability of pregnancy with respect to ovulation and the probability of correctly timing ovulation with respect to the mid-point of the cycle. The SDM is appropriate for women whose menstrual cycles are usually between 26 and 32 days (approximately 78 percent of cycles are within this range).

To maximize Standard Days Method effectiveness, you can use CycleBeads. These consist of a circular string of 32 color-coded beads. Using CycleBeads is simple—you move a rubber ring over one bead every day as a way to visibly track where you are in your menstrual cycle. The colors of the beads show whether you are on a fertile or infertile day. CycleBeads are also a great way to monitor your cycle lengths to make sure they are between 26 and 32 days.

The Standard Days Method is fairly straightforward to use. All you need to do is keep track of how long your menstrual cycle is, in order to determine when Days 8 through 19 occur.

  • When the first day of your period arrives, this is Day1 of your cycle. Mark this on your calendar.
  • Between Day 1 and Day 7, it is highly unlikely that you will become pregnant, so it is safe to participate in sexual intercourse without using birth control.
  • Between Day 8 and Day 19, you are at your most fertile. You and your partner should abstain from sex or you should use an alternate type of birth control, such as a condom.
  • Between Day 20 and 32 you are unlikely to get pregnant, so you can resume sexual intercourse.

Mucus Inspection Method

The appearance of cervical mucus and vulvar sensation are generally described together as two ways of observing the same sign.  Cervical mucus is produced by the cervix, which connects the uterus to the vaginal canal. Fertile cervical mucus promotes sperm life by decreasing the acidity of the vagina, and also it helps guide sperm through the cervix and into the uterus. The production of fertile cervical mucus is caused by estrogen, the same hormone that prepares a woman’s body for ovulation. By observing her cervical mucus and paying attention to the sensation as it passes the vulva, a woman can detect when her body is gearing up for ovulation, and also when ovulation has passed. When ovulation occurs, estrogen production drops slightly and progesterone starts to rise. The rise in progesterone causes a distinct change in the quantity and quality of mucus observed at the vulva.

The cervical secretion-monitoring method, meanwhile, involves keeping a check on the change in the amount and texture of your cervical secretions (cervical mucus) during different times in your menstrual cycle. To do this, gently insert your middle finger into your vagina, pushing it up to around your middle knuckle. For the first few days after your period, you might notice that your vagina is dry and doesn’t produce a lot of mucus. As your hormonal levels rise to prepare for ovulation, it might turn moist, sticky, white and creamy. This indicates the start of the fertile period of your menstrual cycle. Immediately after ovulation, your cervical mucus is likely to get wetter, clearer, and slippery, resembling the texture of a raw egg white. Eventually, your mucus should return to being thicker and more sticky. 3 days post this, you should no longer be fertile.

Basal Body Temperature

This method depends on the fact that the body temperature of a woman drops 12 to 24 hours before an egg is released from the ovary and then once the egg is released from her ovary, the temperature again increases. But this difference in temperature is not very large. The difference is less than 1 degree F when the body is at rest.

A woman should take her temperature every morning, ideally at the same time, before she get out of bed and especially before eating or drinking anything.  A special thermometer that is more accurate and sensitive is used and the daily variations of the temperature should be noted. This is to be done every month.

A woman should refrain from having sexual intercourse from the time her temperature drops until at least 48 to 72 hours after her temperature increases again to use this method.

Period Trackers

Apple Devices

My Calendar – Period Tracker by Simple Innovation is an elegant and easy-to-use period tracker that helps you take control of the many aspects of your menstrual cycle—from ovulation, fertility and periods, to birth control pills, moods and other symptoms.

Whether you are concerned about conceiving, birth control and contraception, or regularity of period cycles, Period Calendar can help. Our tracker is easy to use and offers everything you need: Track irregular periods, weight, temperature, moods, blood flow, symptoms and more.

Discreet reminders keep you informed and prepared by predicting upcoming periods, ovulation, and fertile days. The app adapts to your cycle history and the calculator accurately predicts the important events during your cycle.

Key features:

– Vital info at a glance: intuitive calendar home page lets you visualize non-fertile, fertile, ovulation, expected period and actual period

– Entire cycle log and settings can be backed up and restored easily and quickly. Never be afraid to lose your calendar data, even when you lost your phone or get a new one.

– Detailed tracking: daily planner lets you save essential period information like flow, intercourse, symptoms, moods, temperature, weight, medicine, PMS, other cervical observations, and general diary notes

– Always stay in the loop with notifications for upcoming period, fertility windows or ovulation

– Protect your most private data from curious eyes: password lock it using a unique PIN code

– Personalize and make it yours: Gorgeous new watercolor themes, adjust period prediction intervals, luteal phase length, plus choose your units of measure and the first day of the week (Sunday or Monday) – all in Settings

– Abstinence mode hides ovulation, fertility and intercourse related data—perfect tracker for girls and teens just starting their periods

– Want to start fresh? Just reset it

This highly customizable period tracker and pregnancy planning calendar is perfect for any woman to take control of her health and keep organized.

Download it for FREE today!

Android Devices

Period Tracker Clue – Highly rated as one of the most accurate period trackers out there, this app is the research partner of major institutions like Oxford, Stanford, and Columbia. The app learns from your usage patterns and adapts over time, so the more you use it, the better it becomes. In addition to your period, it can also remind you of your PMS, ovulation and fertility. You can also track data like cervical fluid, sex, pain etc to get an accurate reminder each time.

CLUE PERIOD & OVULATION TRACKER TOP FEATURES:
· Free period tracker, period calendar, ovulation tracker, and fertility tracker
· Period predictions for your next three cycles
· Log your symptoms, flow, moods and more and find patterns in your cycle
· Ovulation app to track ovulation tests and your BBT
· Calendar reminders for upcoming periods, ovulation and PMS
· Forecasts for your recurring symptoms, like upcoming cramps, pain, and headaches
· A period calendar with your menstruation, ovulation and fertile days
· Log and set birth control pill reminders
· A cycle analysis of your period lengths to observe trends and irregularities
· Menstrual health tips curated for you that explain your symptoms

PERIOD TRACKER & MENSTRUAL CALENDAR
· Period predictions, fertile day and ovulation estimates always let you know what’s coming
· A period diary to log your period days, flow intensity and the menstrual products you use
· Track symptoms, cravings, pain, exercise, and more to find patterns in your cycle
· Set up calendar reminders before your next period, ovulation, fertile window and PMS

OVULATION TRACKER & FERTILITY TRACKER:
· **Best Fertility App of 2019** according to Healthline
· Ovulation calculator and basal body temperature tracker
· Fertility predictions and fertility friend to help you get pregnant if you’re trying to conceive
· Log ovulation test and cervical fluid for improved ovulation estimations
· Set fertility and ovulation calendar reminders to help plan a pregnancy

FIND PATTERNS IN YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE
· An analysis tab to keep track of your period lengths and cycle variations
· See the symptoms you tracked in relation to your menstrual cycle
· Find recurrent patterns in your symptoms and get forecasts for cramps, pain & more
· Bring the Clue Period Tracker app to your healthcare provider and have your period history available.

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