Thursday, July 7, 2011

5 Ways To Avoid Pregnancy Naturally

A woman is fertile only for a few days in a month. Correct knowledge of this 'fertile period' and abstinence during this phase will serve as a natural method of birth control or contraception. Here are five most effective ways to prevent pregnancy naturally by predicting those few days of a woman's menstrual cycle when there is a risk of getting pregnant.
1. The Calendar Method
Any woman having a regular menstrual cycle can rely on this method to predict her 'fertile period'. First and last day of the 'fertile period' or 'risk period' is calculated by using this simple formula:
  • First day of the 'fertile period' = Shortest cycle - 20 
  • Last day of the 'fertile period' = Longest cycle - 10
Example: A woman having a regular 28 to 30 days cycle
  • First day of her 'fertile period' = Shortest cycle - 20 = 28 - 20 = 8th day of her cycle
  • Last day of her 'fertile period' = Longest cycle - 10 = 30 - 10 = 20th day of her cycle 
For achieving birth control without using mechanical means, she will have to abstain from 8th to 20th day of her cycle.

[PS: First day of the cycle = First day of the menstrual period, that is, the day when the period starts.]
2. The Temperature Method
  • To predict the 'fertile period' by using this method a woman is required to measure the vaginal temperature daily, on awakening in the morning, before she starts any physical activity. 
  • An abrupt rise of about 0.3 to 0.4 Degree Celsius will be noticed after the day of ovulation and the temperature remains at this level for the rest of the cycle. 
  • Abstinence is required until the third day of the rise of temperature.
  • However, it is more effective when used in combination with the calendar method.
3. Combined Temperature and Calendar Method
  • This method is more effective than the calendar or temperature method used alone. 
  • In this method the first day of the 'fertile period' is determined using the calendar method and the last day is predicted using the temperature method.
4. The Cervical Mucus (Billings) Method
  • To predict the 'fertile period' using this method, a woman is required to observe the consistency of the cervical mucus daily. 
  • Mucus is detected several days before ovulation and then it gradually increases in quantity and becomes more thin and slippery until a 'peak' is reached, at about the time of ovulation. 
  • After that mucus becomes scanty, thicker and opaque. Abstinence is required since the day mucus is detected until fourth day after the 'peak day'.
  • This method is as effective as the combined temperature and calendar method.
5. Combined Mucus, Temperature and Calendar Method
  • Most effective and reliable natural birth control method is the combined mucus, temperature and calendar method. 
  • The first day of abstinence is determined using the calendar method or the first day the mucus is detected, whichever comes first. 
  • The last day is predicted using the temperature method.
Abstinence during the 'fertile period' can be safely used as the natural method of birth control by women having menstrual cycles at regular intervals. Period of abstinence can be predicted using either the calendar, temperature or the cervical mucus method. However, most effective is the joint method, in which first day is predicted either by using calendar or the mucus method and the last day is predicted using the temperature method.

Please Note: Though these methods are safe if used properly, but in case pregnancy occurs, there is a risk of congenital abnormality of the baby, because of the union of aging sperm and ovum.

Also read:
Return Of Fertility After Contraceptives - How Long Does It Take?
How To Know If You Are Pregnant? - 5 Early Signs
How And When To Do Pregnancy Test At Home


  1. how to avoid pregnancy after intercourse?

    1. No natural method can be recommended to avoid pregnancy after the intercourse. However, there are pills (i-pill, pill 72 etc.) which can avoid pregnancy if consumed within 72 hours after intercourse (better if taken within 12 hours). You can get relevant information here

    2. Yeah and doctors perscribe them like candy! Do you really know what your putting in your body. Doctor do you REALLY know what you're perscribing?

    3. These pills are for emergency contraception not for regular use. Doctors discourage their repetitive use. Here I am not prescribing anything. Blog informs what options you have. If you have no idea about them how would you think of visiting a clinic nearby to discuss its use in your case?

  2. before or after menstrual which days are risk to get pregnant

    1. One week before and one week after the first day of period including the 3 or 4 days of period are not risky for pregnancy if you have a regular 28 day cycle.

  3. before or after menstrual which days are risk to get pregnant

  4. how to avoid pregnancy naturally with irregular menstrual cycle?

    1. Natural methods will not be effective enough in case you have irregular cycles. Better rely on barrier methods like condoms if you wish to have baby in future.

    2. my wife is pregnant of may be 20 days i hope but we not need a child so what can i do ???

    3. If you consult the gynecologist immediately then medical termination of pregnancy is possible using certain pills. Later than 10 days after the missed period medical termination is not usually recommended. Consult your doctor without delay.

  5. rubish when cycle is not regular." it is better to avoid sex to stop pregnency "if you talk about pill who is responsile when pill does not work company or both of you think it logicaly

    1. Dear anonymous user, doctors can't advice couples to stop having sex in order to avoid pregnancy. They seek advice regarding the best suited contraceptive methods for them. Pills mentioned above are for emergency contraception. Besides, articles on web are only for informative purposes. One should never take medicines without consulting the doctor.

  6. is der any hpme remedy for avoiding pregnancy after intercourse

  7. the answer is ladycomp!! Please avoid the pill at all costs it messed up my skin so bad! ladycomp is expensive but is all natural and as effective as the pill and u only need to make that one off investment and that's it! i dont work for them i just hate the pill with a passion for what it has done to my skin!! :((

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  12. Please suggest me a pill that can avoid my pregnancy after 15 days and that pill should be easily available in pharmacies...please its a request

    1. is one time sex can occur pregnancy? If a person do sex only one time without using condom and without sperming inside does pregnancy occurs or not? please reply on my

  13. I have irregular periods and currently have the IUD. I have noticed additional cramping and my partner gets scratched by the metal string from the IUD. I am considering taking it out and looking into natural B/C but in the blog reading with irregular periods its not really effective. I know we can use condoms but they are so uncomfortable. any advice? spermacide? female condoms?

    1. Partner is not affected by using an IUD. If there is any problem, it can be corrected by your doctor.

  14. Let me know if I dint inject the sperm at the time of intercourse will it lead to pregnancy

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    1. Papaya has abortive properties but there is no guarantee that it will abort in every case. Sorry for late reply. Also read the previous comments.

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  23. i have an high blood presure and i am into family planning cos i already have 2 children but i discovered i have been having irregular menstruation, does this mean i should stop the injection probably it doesnt suit my system. please i need your advice

    1. Most women have reduced and infrequent periods with the use of Depo Provera injections. Some may have light irregular bleeding. If you have just started the use, I would suggest you to wait for few more months. But if the symptoms are much troublesome or there is heavy bleeding, consult your gynaecologist.

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    1. Get the pregnancy test done at home. Kits are available in all medical stores. Conduct the test 10 days after the expected date of period.

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    1. No method to avoid pregnancy 1 week after intercourse. If pregnancy occurs, it can be terminated by timely use of medicines.

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  41. my first day of my last period was feb.28,after 3 days we had an intercourse that for what i know is it is safe within 7 days from the start of period .im waiting for my period for month of march but i miss my there a possibility that im pregnant bcoz we dont have a plan yet to follow my 1 child

    1. Period may have delayed due to some other reason. Conduct a pregnancy test at home if the period gets delayed by 10 days from the expected date. In your case around 9 April.

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  48. my period start date is april 3..which s safe period??pls answer

  49. It depends on the duration of your cycle. At what interval does your period appear?

  50. HI Doctor,
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  52. i was on the depo shot and got off it 4 monthes ago and have yet to get my menstrual cycle can i get pregnant still?

    1. It may take 1 year before fertility returns. Rarely 2 years.

  53. my cycle ended at 31st march and i had sex yesterday, will i be pregnant.

  54. gd evening doctor
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    1. If her periods are regular you can use calendar method to calculate her safe period and use condoms during her unsafe period. If you want to be more sure either use condoms always or ask her to use contraceptive pills like oral l.

  55. but if her period is not regular
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    1. If her period comes regularly at 25 days interval you can use calender method. However to be more sure either you should use condoms always or let her use oral contraceptive pills.

    2. is there any side effect of using oral contraceptive pill

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    3. Women usually conceive within 3 months after stopping the use of pills, some may take 6 months or longer. Side effects are there but all women do not have them. You can read them in the pamphlet available with the pack. Also it would be better if you discuss your situation with a gynecologist near by.

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  61. i m are newly married... i had sex with my husband without any protection..we are not planning for children right now..plz help me out of any unexpected pregnancy
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    1. Papaya won't help. Consult a gynecologist in your area. Use an appropriate method of contraception till you plan pregnancy.

  62. my period ended on thursday and i had Sex with my boyfirend yesterday with protection.But during the intercourse the condom slipped off. i took it out in the right way but i'm still afraid.In this case will i get pregnant?plz reply me soon

  63. my period ended on july 18 (Thursday) and i had sex with my boyfriend on july 20(satuday) with protection. during the intercourse, the condom slipped off but i took it out in the right way. However, i'm still afraid of being pregnant. is it possible that i'll get pregnant? plz reply soon.

  64. Hello doctor !!

    Is it possible to get pregnant without complete ejaculation ?

  65. i had sex with my boyfriend on monday and on sunday i have get my mensuration is their risk that i can get pregnant???
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  66. Can birthcontrol pills eventually leave you sterile? I was on birthcontrol but couldn't go back to get more since my medical is on hold. I started experiencing pregnancy symptoms took 3 home tests all negative I have had unprotected sex. I'm assuming it's my body reacting to hormones but now I'm not sure. I want to have another baby next year but not at the moment so I don't know if birth control pills can get me to become sterile. I have stopped birth control before and every time my body acts like I'm pregnant but no baby just my hormones going crazy.