Does natural family planning sound alien to you? Or have you ever heard of the Billing’s method? This is a natural family planning method which does not involve withdrawal techniques to avoid pregnancy. Also, it can be used by couples effectively as an alternative to birth control pills and condoms. This method of birth control involves refraining from sexual intercourses through a woman’s fertile phase during her ovulation cycle.
As such, you can enjoy indulging in unprotected sex during the infertile phase. In a way, the Billing’s method relies greatly on understanding the ovulation cycle and the fertile phase in a woman.
The fertile period in a woman may last for five days – three days before ovulation, the day of ovulation and a day after ovulation. As you know ovulation refers to the expulsion of an ovum from the ovary. An egg has a short lifespan and can perish twenty-four hours after its release. A sperm can live for a maximum of seventy-two hours after its introduction.
These means sperms that are released from the third day preceding ovulation through the day after ovulation have high chances to fertilize the egg. Hence this period is known as the fertile phase in an ovulation cycle. Now the Billing’s method of natural birth control works by avoiding having intercourse during this phase.
Now, the important aspect underlying the effectiveness of this birth control method is understanding the signs of ovulation. Only when you know that you are going to ovulate, then you can abstain from having intercourse. So, what are the symptoms of ovulation? Mild spotting can be notice just before you ovulate. It is whitish and sticky and you can easily spot it once you look for it. Another sign is a rise in body temperature.
The body temperature rises slightly just before and during ovulation. Also, some women experience different sensations in the clitoris or in the vulva during ovulation. Cramping and bloating may be other pointers. If your menstrual periods are fairly regular, you can also roughly predict ovulation, which occurs fourteen day prior to day one of your menstrual period. You can also buy an ovulation predictor kit which is fairly accurate.