COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS:Fertility Awareness To Prevent Pregnancy
Fertility Awareness is the technique of working out exactly what stage of your menstrual cycle you are in and at which stages you are not fertile and having sex at those times. The Fertility Awareness Method requires a woman to observe fertility signs. There are a number of different methods such as tracking the days of your cycle, paying attention to body temperature fluctuations and keeping a very close eye on changes to your cervical mucus. There are several more techniques but they can all be thrown by slight changes to your cycle, a miscalculation, spontaneous lifestyle resulting in non-regular sleeping time or a host of other variables. Definitely not a recommendation for the forgetful, the disorganized or the spontaneous.
Each technique is complex and relies on a deep and intimate knowledge of your own menstrual cycle. The techniques base themselves on the fact that there are specific days during each menstrual cycle, the days before and shortly after ovulation, where you can get pregnant and others where you cannot, which is where the intimate knowledge and the calculations come in. If fertility awareness interests you, it is advised to use a barrier method, e.g. diaphragm, cervical cap or condom, or not have sex on the days you are fertile. If you want to get pregnant, fertility awareness can help you to know which days you should be having sex to become pregnant.
PROS AND CONS
+It can be used when breastfeeding
+It’s hormone free
+If you want to get pregnant, it can help you to know on which days you should have sex
-Using it can take practice
-It requires keeping track of your menstruation cycle all the time
-It requires a very regular lifestyle
-It’s open to mistakes
-It can interfere with spontaneity
-It’s unreliable as it does not take variations in your cycle into account
-Does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)