Natural contraception is a little difficult but still practical.
As much as we love babies, I seriously doubt if many people want untimely “good news”. The question of safe & natural contraception looms on the heads of every couple who want to plan their life and not be surprised by unexpected “good news”.
If you ask everyone’s mother, a.k.a. Google, about Natural contraception birth control, there are several tips & methods, each more confusing than the other, and to top it all, a lot of statistics & probability jargon is thrown in. To avoid all that confusion and give clear cut guidance on what are the best & most effective forms of birth control & family planning, here are my recommendations. Keep in mind, individual preferences will always overrule what I am writing below:
My recommendations are based on the following basis:
- Condoms are smelly & reduce sensation drastically
- Inserting silicone into the vagina is unnatural and may cause health issues with sustained usage. I have yet to see a study on the use of condoms and cervical or vaginal diseases, hence I will stay away from it. I am not talking about having multiple sex partners and trying to avoid STDs, of course condoms work then. I am talking about monogamous relationships.
- Spermicides are ineffectual most of the time, they are chemicals hence not worth using.
- IUDs also fall under the chemical category and persistent influx of chemicals into the body and that too through vagina is a big no.
- Diaphrams are unreliable.
- Female condoms also are a big no as mentioned above.
- Birth control pills (single or dual hormone) are also a big no.
- “Withdrawl method” i.e. withdrawing the penis and ejaculating outside. This requires a lot of self control and even a minor mistake can beat the whole purpose of birth control. Secondly, the pre-cum can contain sperms thus beating the whole purpose of this exercise.
You must be thinking, if all the known forms of Natural contraception birth control are bad, then what to do! Keep reading to know the answer.
To know the best form of natural family planning without the use of any chemicals, rubbers etc, you have to know how the periods (menstruation) work.
Before doing that, here are some definitions that you need to know & remember:
Ejaculation: Release of sperm through the penis of a man
Ovulation: Release of egg from the ovary in a woman
LH hormone: The hormone which reaches a peak level for ovulation to happen
Ovulation test kit: The kit which tests the presence of peak LH hormone in woman’s urine to predict ovulation
Luteal period: The time after ovulation to the next menstrual bleeding
Safe days: The days during which pregnancy can’t happen
Unsafe days: The days during which pregnancy can happen
Unprotected sex: Having sexual intercourse without any protection e.g. condom, and ejaculating inside the vagina
All normal adult females of childbearing age have periods a.k.a menstruation or menses. For most women, the total duration of a period is 28 days i.e. 7 days of menstruation bleeding, followed by 21 days of no bleeding and then again 7 days of bleeding. The bleeding is done to shed the lining of the uterus. Further details on this are not required here.
During the 21 days of no bleeding, close to the 14th day, the ovaries release an egg ready to be fertilized by the sperm. This process is called ovulation. If male sperms enter the vagina at that time, pregnancy will result. If no sperms are there, then the egg is wasted and no pregnancy will occur. Leaving aside the few days before & after the release of the egg, pregnancy can’t occur. These days are called “safe days”.
Approx. 12 to 36 hrs before the ovulation, the level of LH hormone increases in the woman’s body. If we can know the day of that hormone’s increase, we can safely predict the ovulation and avoid unprotected sex during those days. Thankfully, there are ovulation testing kits available in the market which can very accurately predict the ovulation date. These kits test the level of LH hormone in the woman’s urine.
Since the following is established scientific knowledge:
- Sperms can live upto 5 days in the vagina
- The egg stays available for fertilization for upto 2 days after ovulation
- Ovulation occurs within 36 hrs of peak of LH hormone
What all of this means is that you have to know the peak LH hormone days of the woman through the use of an ovulation kit. Once you know those days for at least 3 consecutive months, you can be fairly certain about the ovulation days. Once you know the ovulation days, you can know the “unsafe days” and conversely the “safe days”.
So in the nutshell, to be absolutely sure for avoiding pregnancy, you have to avoid unprotected sex for a total of 9 days because: 5 days before ovulation as sperms can stay alive this much + 2 days after LH hormone peak + 2 days after ovulation. This leaves approx. 12 days in which you can have unprotected sex.
I know it’s not easy, but if you want to avoid all the chemicals & rubbers, this is the only way.