Why should you drug your system or undergo surgeries and artificial implantations, when you have a natural option?
Natural methods of family planning (NFP) do not interfere with a person's health in any way like other methods of family planning do. Other artificial family planning methods may have long-term effects on your fertility, while with natural family planning, such effects don't arise.
The pill, for example, has certain benefits but along with the benefits, it also has side effects. In addition, if you forget to take the pill, the chances of pregnancy are higher.
Condoms act as a barrier while making love, and tend to diminish pleasure. With natural family planning this does not arise.
How effective is it?
This method of family planning is not 100% effective. In fact, the only methods of contraception that are 100% effective are:
1. Total abstinence
2. Removal of the ovaries
Vasectomy and tubal ligation have very low failure rates, and are
almost 100% effective, but not quite. 14 out of every 10,000
vasectomies, 4 out of every 10,000 tubal ligations, result in
Do I need to have a regular cycle?
You need not necessarily have a regular cycle for this
method to be effective, though if your cycle is completely skewed, you
could consider another method of birth control. But even if you are a
little irregular, you can tell when you are ovulating because of the
discharge of cervical mucus. So, you can avoid having sex during this
time. If you are regular with your period, natural family planning is 98% effective.
How can I tell when I am fertile?
As men are normally always fertile, this method of family planning
depends on when the woman is fertile, and having intercourse when the
woman is not fertile. So how can you tell when a woman is fertile? A
woman is fertile when she discharges cervical mucus. The mucus has a
consistency of raw egg-white. After ovulation, the mucus disappears.
Other signs include a slight rise in a woman's body temperature when
she wakes up in the morning. This is best measured with a Basal Body Thermometer, as the rise is often just 0.5 degrees. She may also get a feeling called ovulation pain.
What advantages does this method of family planning have over others?
The natural method of family planning
helps build the foundation for a better marriage, because a certain
amount of healthy abstinence is introduced in the relationship. It also
helps develop self control. In addition, it is a method done and
discussed together. Both partners keep a tab on the wife's menstrual
cycle, and both are involved in this method of family planning.
By keeping a tab of the wife's cycle, any irregularity can immediately
be noticed, and the doctor can be alerted. However, if the cycle is
being regulated by the pill, any health issues may go unnoticed.
Before practicing natural family planning
yourself, you should consult your gynaecologist for further
information. Certain doctors are skeptical about the effectiveness of
this method, as doctors tend to be of any natural methods. There are courses held throughout the world, which coach couples to practice natural family planning
effectively. It must be remembered that this method not the rhythm
method of birth control, and is more scientific and effective. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join a class in Mumbai, Bandra.
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