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World Population Day 2017: Guide To Natural Birth Control

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The population of the world continues to grow in leaps and bounds, with nearly 4 babies being born every second! Overpopulation creates trouble at every level, from more competition in education to more competition for employment to more pressure on natural resources. In cases of unplanned pregnancies, the pressure increases on the would-be-parents first and foremost.

However, you don't have to abstain from intercourse entirely if you are not ready to bring a new life into the world. Although many birth control methods are available in the market, they do not come without risks. While oral contraceptives and patches change the bodies chemistry, aids like condoms and diaphragms may fail.

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There are other natural methods to manage birth control for couples not ready for family planning, and once mastered you won't have to return to artificial methods. The basic premise of natural birth control is to avoid having intercourse during the ovulation period.  

3 Ways To Detect Ovulation

  1. Cervical secretion and position monitoring

A female's vagina has mucous that changes in amount and consistency based on progress in the menstrual cycle. When ovulation comes, which are the most fertile days, the mucous discharge in the cervix will become wet, slippery, clear and think so as to catch sperms easily. In contrast, on other days it will be creamy and sticky. On the days immediately after ovulation, there will likely not be any mucous.

  1. Calendar-method

The calendar method of detecting ovulation is 75-95 percent effective, depending on how regular the menstrual cycle is. First, calculate the average duration of the menstrual cycle, which is counted from first day of the first period to the first day of the next period. Ovulation generally takes place in between, for example it would take place on the 14th day of a 28 day cycle. Since eggs stay alive only for 24 hours but sperms for between 3-5 days, avoid intercourse between days 11 and 16 of the menstrual cycle to avoid pregnancy.

  1. Basal body temperature method

The basal body temperature measuring method is 95 percent effective. This method is based on the face that the general body temperature rises, by even a minimal amount, immediately after the days of ovulation. To check basal body temperature, use a digital or specialised contraceptive thermometer and measure your body temperature every morning. Check the temperature at the same time every day even before washing, eating or drinking anything. If the body temperature for 3 days is higher than the previous 6 by even so much as 0.2 degrees celsius, it means that it's safe for intercourse.