Updated: Apr 18, 2020
But so is your body, Control birth naturally...
This may seem like a weird blog for me. Seeing that I cant wait for you all to pop out those babies. But with birth comes reproductive care and responsibility.
Lets be honest, spending this much time at home with your partner is a set up for birth. And with the current shut downs it may not be easy to get condoms or birth control. But thanks to Mother Nature and her divine set up, there are ways to track your ovulation naturally.
Lets be honest, spending this much time at home with your partner is a set up for birth...
Ovulation is when your ovaries release an egg, this happens every month. The days near your ovulation are your most fertile days and is when you can get pregnant. There are a few different ways to track your ovulation called FAM or Fertility Awareness Methods. You can use one or more to predict when you are ovulating. They include:
•The Temperature Method - helps you predict when you’re going to ovulate by tracking the changes in your body temperature during your menstrual cycle.
Your body temperature naturally changes a tiny bit throughout your menstrual cycle.
It’s lower in the first part of your cycle, and then rises when you ovulate.
For most people, 96-98 degrees Fahrenheit is their typical temperature before ovulation. After you ovulate, it goes up to 97-99°F. That is only about a 1 degree difference so this method is best used in conjunction with another method.
•The Calendar Method -you chart your menstrual cycle on a calendar. You can use your own calendar or a tracking app. This method helps you predict how long your cycle last so you can keep up with your days of Ovulation. There a different formulas to use to help determine these days. This method is best when combined with the Cervical Mucus Method. When tracking you want to 'X' the day you start your period as day one and you are ending tracking when your next period starts to count the days in the entire cycle.
•The Cervical Mucus Method - The hormones that control your menstrual cycle also make your cervix produce mucus — the gooey stuff on your cervix that comes out of your vagina as discharge. Cervical mucus methods help you predict when you’re going to ovulate by tracking the changes in your cervical mucus (vaginal discharge) throughout your menstrual cycle. It probably isn't surprising that when you are the most 'slippery' your more likely to pregnant.
When all three methods are used together it is called the symptothermal method. Using all three is proven to be the most beneficial.
Fertility Awareness Methods are proven to be about 76-88% effective. Like all birth control these methods are more effective when used as perfectly as possible. When you are ready to get pregnant you can use these methods to get pregnant faster. Just have sex when your ovulating!
Use this information as a tool to your advantage and have sex freely and safely without worrying about getting pregnant unless you want to.
*charts provided by Planned Parenthood.