Natural Birth Control “Fertility Awareness Method”

No hormones

No taking a pill every day

No worrying if you forgot to take your pill

No side  affects

Natural hormone free birth control!

But first what is hormonal birth control?

Hormonal Birth control comes in various forms, from pills, patches and rings that contain estrogen and progestin. There are progestin only pills, IUD and shots.

How do these hormones prevent pregnancy?

The hormones prevent the eggs from being released from the ovaries, causes the cervical mucus thicken to prevent sperm from entering the uterus while thinning the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation.

The pill is 97% effective, the depo shot is 99% effective, Nuva ring is 99% effective. When used properly hormonal birth control is 99-100% effective but with typical or normal used it is 95% effective at preventing  pregnancy.  There are some things that make these methods less effective such as missing pills, certain other medications both prescribed and over the counter, products with charcoal and digestive disorders.

Some women have no issues with hormonal birth control, others deal with many side effects ranging from weight gain, high blood pressure and a change in emotions. Then there are those who simple do not want to put anything in their bodies that are not necessary. What ever your reason, natural birth control is an option that works.

NON HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL OPTIONS:

Copper IUD

Barriers: sponge, cervical cap, diaphram

Condoms

Fertility Awareness Method or Natural Family Planning

FAM or NFP

Fertility Awareness method or natural family planning are the same thing. It is NOT the same as the rhythm method.

The Rhythm method assumes that every women has a 28 day cycle and that she always ovulates on day 14. This simply is not true. Each women has a slightly different cycle ranging from 26-35 days. This can change from month to month. One month she may have a 27 day cycle and the next it may be a 31 day cycle.

What does this means?

This means that she is not always ovulating on day 14 of her cycle, it could be day 13, or day 17.  Various things can affect when a women ovulates such as stress, sickness and travelling. If you are stress or travelling this may knock your normal cycle slightly off course meaning that even if you do normally ovulate on day 14, while travelling you might end up ovulating a few days later.

Why does this matter?

A women can only get pregnant when she is ovulating. But sperm can survive for 5 days, meaning that there are 6 days a women is considered fertile. The five days before she ovulates and the day she ovulates.

Is it effective:

If done perfectly FAM or NFP is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. There are apps such as Kindera and special thermometer devices that help make tracking your cycle much easier.

From the Daysy website and also applies to ladycomp, these devices has a pearl index that is comparable and in some cases better than other forms of birth control making this method of birth control just as, if not more effective than using hormones

Pearl Index of 0.7

With a Pearl-Index of 0.7, the fertility monitors of Valley Electronics are the leader in natural contraception and family planning.

The Pearl Index is used to report the effectiveness of a certain birth control method.

As an example: if 100 women use a particular birth control method for one year and one woman becomes pregnant, the Pearl Index of this method is 1.0. Birth control pills have a Pearl Index between 0.1 and 0.9, and IUDs range from 0.1 to 2.2.

for more information on the effectiveness https://usa.daysy.me/effectiveness/

Lady-Comp supports your natural family planning goals like no other.

If you want to prevent pregnancy naturally without subjecting your body to artificial methods, or if you want to maximize your chances of becoming pregnant, the fertility computer is perfect for you. Lady-Comp is the intelligent fertility monitor — a next-generation computer that learns, analyzes and indicates ovulation with 99.3% accuracy, free of hormones and side-effects.

INEXPENSIVE

  • One time purchase

  • Over 7 years life expectancy

  • Very durable

  • High quality

https://www.lady-comp.com/fertility-computers/

Why do I need an Thermometer?

You need a thermometer to take you temperature every morning upon waking up but before getting out of bed. It is quite simple. When the alarm goes off, you roll over, grab your thermometer and take your temperature.

Then what?

Right it down, or better yet use an app like Kindera to enter your morning resting temp.

How does this prevent me from getting pregnant?

After a women ovulates her temperature rises, then when she starts her period her temperature drops until she ovulates again.

The principal behind FAM is that you are not fertile the first 5 days of your period. The first day of your period is day 1. So then day 1-5 you  will not get pregnant. From day 6 until three days after your temperature rises you are considered possibly fertile. So depending on your cycle this could be day 6-17, if you do ovulate on day 14. Then day 18- 28 or beyond, until you get your period, would be considered non fertile days or green days, that you can not get pregnant.

For more information on how charting of your cycle works check out https://kindara.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/224933048-The-4-Rules-of-Charting-for-Birth-Control

Kindara is an app that is very easy to use. Enter your temperature in the morning, make if you have your period, if you are checking your cervical fluid you can enter that data later and there is a nice chart that shows your temperature progression for that cycle so you can see when your temperature has risen and then when it has been 3 days since the temp rise. You may even be able to determine a day in advance when your period will start since your temperature drops when your period is close to starting. When my temperature drops I will get my period anywhere from that day to up to 24-30 hours after that. This is actually very nice since it one confirms I am not pregnant and two I know that it will be coming shortly and I can be prepared for it.

Some ladies like to chart their cycles with pen/pencil and paper, more probably prefer to use an app such as Kindara but what I found most useful is a little device called ladycomp. There is another one called daisy and kindara has one that connects to their app.

The benefit of the ladycomp and the daysy are that they not only take your temperature but they have software that gives you a red light, a yellow light or a red light.

Red light: you will get pregnant

Yellow light: it is possible to get pregnant or it needs more data to give an accurate prediction

Green Light: This is your all clear, no getting pregnant

Some may choose to just use one of these devices which are very reliable on their own up to 99% when used correctly but I personally prefer to use the lady comp with the kindara app. The kindara app alone is wonderful but you must know the rules of fertility awareness method charting and determine yourself when you are red, yellow and green. I like to use the lady comp to take my temperature each morning, it has an alarm that I set so I never forget and then after it takes my temperature it gives me a light. I then enter my temp for that day in the kindara app and enter any other data such as if I have my period or if the color changed from red to green or vice versa. Then I can look at the chart on the app instead of doing one by hand and it is easy to see when my temperature changed. This confirms for me that the lady comp is correct by seeing it on the chart. There is a section to enter information about your period, cervical fluid and when you had sex. This will all show up on the chart.  From their website you can print your charts and other information to share with your doctor such as the average length of your period and the length of your luteal phase

APPS TO TRY:

Kindara- This is the one I use and and have very useful.

Natural Cycles- claims to be 99.5 % effective and certified for us as birth control

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DEVICES TO TRY: 

Lady comp- $445 payment plans up to 6 months are availabe

This is the most exprensive one I have seen but can find used ones that have been reset on ebay. This is where I bought mine and new thermometers can be bought from their website. This is the one I have done the most research on and at the time the Daysy did not have an app for andriod. My used one has been serving me very well for almost 2 years now and no issues, no pregnancy scares. I only had to replace the thermometer once because I accidently pulled on the thermometer cord to hard and disconnected the thermometer cord and it would not take my temperature requiring it to be replaced.

Daysy- $330 and also has an app, using the red, yellow and green light system. The website looks very informative and seems to work on the same algorithm as the lady comp does so this would seem like a good option for less money.

Wink- links to kindara app $129.00 https://www.kindara.com/wink  must follow FAM guidelines, wink only takes your temperature and links to their app does not give you lights to tell you if you are fertile or not.

WEBSITES:

For charting and understanding how to chart

https://www.kindara.com/

The book that started it all and the website that goes along with it

www.tcoyf.com

Books:

Taking control of your Fertility by Toni Weschler

This is a must have book for anyone who is interested in Fertility awareness method. It does a wonderful job of explaining how a women’s cycle works, why hormonal birth control is not necessary, why a women can only get pregnant 6 days out of a cycle, how to chart for a regular cycle, charting for irregularities and other reproductive issues.

I very much suggest reading the book in full before starting to use one of the thermometer devices mentioned or starting to chart since this will give you a clear explanation of how your body and your menstrual cycle works making you feel more confident about using Fertility awareness method and explaining to others why this method is an effective method of birth control.

 

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