Natural family planning methods put your fertility and birth control in your hands. At OB/GYN Specialists, the team is well-versed in a variety of family planning methods and can help guide your decision. If you’re a woman in Denton, Texas, call the office to learn about your various family planning options and determine the one that’s right for you.
Natural family planning is the natural and safe way of tracking your fertility, using that knowledge to either help you achieve or avoid pregnancy while avoiding the side effects of being on unnatural hormonal contraception. Natural family planning also called fertility awareness methods, allow you to determine when you get pregnant without the use of contraceptive devices or medications.
A variety of strategies to monitor your own fertility are possible, and your doctor can help you understand the pros and cons of each. Not every fertility awareness method is right for every family.
The Billings method requires you to observe your cervical mucus. This mucus changes monthly and when you come closer to a fertile time, the mucus thickens and becomes egg white-like in consistency. These are the days you avoid intercourse.
With the Billings method, you pay attention to the sensation on your vulva throughout the day, observing dryness and slipperiness. You also watch the cervical mucus for thickness and clearness when you urinate.
For the Marquette method, you rely on the ClearBlue® fertility monitor. You urinate on a test stick on specific days first thing in the morning to evaluate your fertility. The sticks were designed to help you get pregnant, but can be used to prevent pregnancy as well. When the ClearBlue fertility monitor shows you are most fertile, you avoid intercourse to prevent pregnancy.
You track multiple factors to determine your most fertile days. In addition to looking at your cervical mucus, you also observe your body temperature and cervical position and firmness to determine your fertile days. The doctors at OB/GYN Specialists can help you understand what each of the changes in these factors indicates about your fertility, so you can successfully avoid intercourse when you’re ovulating.
Like the Billings method, you track the quality of your cervical mucus throughout your cycle to determine your most fertile days. It comes with a chart to classify your cervical mucus according to menstruation, dry days, slippery days, and wet days. You use your finger, rather than just vaginal feelings and eyesight observation, to evaluate your mucus. You avoid sexual intercourse on days that your mucus indicates fertility.
For more information about natural family planning as a method of contraception, call the office of OB/GYN Specialists, or book an appointment using the online tool today.