- A method which limits sexual intercourse during your natural infertile cycle.
- Also referred to as Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning
- The aim of natural family planning is to prevent pregnancy by avoiding sex, or using barrier methods of contraception, during the woman’s fertile time. Natural family planning involves using your body’s signs and symptoms to assess if you’re currently fertile and likely to get pregnant if you have sex.
- To find out more visit http://www.fertilityuk.org/
I believe that not enough women are educated on their bodies, especially when it comes to fertility. Many of us barely remember what we learned in sex education classes, and have become dependent on medicines prescribed by the doctor. When I look back, I know I could have avoided certain situations just by understanding my body. I didn’t realise that there are a few weeks in my cycle where there is a high unlikely chance of conception. I just assumed I could get pregnant at any time. Most women become more aware of there fertility when they are actually trying to conceive but I think all women should be more aware. Here are some hard facts that will help you understand your body better.
- Women have a fertile window of only six days each cycle
- This is due to the fact the sperm can survive for up to five days in a women’s body.
- One egg is usually released once a month. This is called Ovulation
- Ovulation is the release of an egg from an ovary. The egg only lives for up to 24 hours unless fertilized by sperm.
- By understanding your cycle and aware of your ovulation date and fertile period, you can use the natural contraception method.
- You can purchase ovulation tests to find out when you ovulate, which may help you identify your cycle
- You can use websites like www.ovulationcalculator.com to start to learn and monitor your cycle better, even if you are not trying for a baby
It has taken 30 years for me to really understand my body. There are 3.5 million women in the UK alone who currently take the Pill and who probably, like me, have no idea about the true side effects. If any of you are using the Natural Contraception method, let us know. We’d love to hear from you and to start a dialogue!