Rhythm method of birth control?
Can someone explain this in terms that are easy to understand?
It's quite simple you only have sex when you are not ovulating. A woman can only get pregnant if she is ovulating. With the Rhythm method you avoid sex when you are likely ovulating, which is usually 13 to 17 days after the first day of your period. For better accuracy you can buy ovulation testers that are similar looking to pregnancy tests and will tell you if you are ovulating.
I believe it was explained to me that for a 28 day cycle, starting on the first day of your period, you count 10 days. Those days are usually safe for sex. Then you count 7-8 days after and these are the days you are considered to be ovulating so you avoid sex. Then you count another 10 days after and those are considered safe.
To be more accurate, yes, you should buy an ovulation thermometer and starting on the first day of your period you take your temperature first thing before you even get out of bed! Do this for you whole cycle and for the next. When you are ovulating your body temperature increases slightly (not sure how much) and that is how you know you are ovulating and should have or not have sex.
By marking down your temperature each day of your cycle, you will get a better sense of when in your cycle to tend to ovulate.
This method is only applicable to those that have regular menstruation period. You should have your period every month. You have to tally your cycles for 4 months and you have to subtract your greater number of days cycle to the lesser days. The answer would be tje day you start to abstain from intercourse. Then you subtract 14 fron your longest cycle. The answer would be the the last day you abstain from intercourse. Exam. ple: shortest cycle is 28 days, lo.ngest 34 days. So 34- 28= 6. Den 34 - 14 = 20. So u have to avoid sex from day 6 to day 20.
I would agree that the rhythm method is based on the assumption that all women have the same cycle length, and ovulate on the same day in their cycle each month. The reality is that a woman's fertility is a little more complicated than that.
The rhythm method is more effective than simply "taking chances," but reproductive science has come along way in helping women identify their specific ovulation days each month.
Newer Natural Family Planning, or NFP methods such as the Billings method, the sympto-thermal method and the ovulation method are over 98% effective. These methods work with the women's body, not against it and is a completely moral choice when a couple has reason to avoid pregnancy. You can learn about these methods at www.nfpandmore.org. They offer a free book that will teach you everything you need to know.
I also have written several hubs on the subject if you want an easy way to get a little more information.
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