To use calendar method effectively can be helpful for women who wanted to have a natural family planning and women who didn’t want to experience any side effects from other contraceptives.
Calendar method is one of the birth control methods. It is also called rhythm method, a natural form of family planning. This method helps you predict your fertile days by tracking the length of your menstrual cycles over several months to create a fertility calendar.
Before using this method, you have to track first your menstrual history for several months. This helps you determine when you are most likely to conceive.
How To Track Your Menstrual Cycle In Order To Use the Calendar Method Effectively?
Track the length of your menstrual cycles for at least 6 periods. Count the total number of days between each cycle (the number of days between the first days of each period).
Analyze this sample:
Note: If all of your cycle’s are shorter than 27 days, this method won’t be accurate for you.
Step-by-step guide to use Calendar Method effectively:
The safe days to have sex when using the calendar method is to predict the first fertile day (when you can get pregnant) in your cycle. Let us say on the month of June wherein your 1st day of menstruation is June 5 (refer to example above). Then, follow the steps:
- Mark the first day of your menstruation. For example, your first day is June 5.
- Count 10 days from the day of your menstruation. So, it is from June 5 to June 14. These days are your safe days to have sex.
- From day 11 to day 22, those days are unsafe days to have sex. It is from June 15 to June 26.
- From day 23 to day 28, you can have sex these days without protection. Meaning you are safe. It is from June 27 to July 2.
- Day 28 or 29 might be your 1st day of menstruation on the 2nd cycle.
Please refer to the photos below.
This computation is based on the 28 day cycle. Ovulation day on this cycle is on the 14th day.
Why It Is Done?
This method can be used as a way to promote fertility or as a method of contraception without any harm to women. Some women choose this because they don’t want the side effects of other contraceptive methods.
What are the Risks to use calendar method effectively?
Using this method it doesn’t pose any direct risks. However, it is considered one of the least effective forms of birth control. This method also does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections.
Note: This is not applicable to those who suffered from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Consult your doctor for more information & guidance.
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