I LOVE teaching the fertility awareness method to couples. It is a way of understanding your cycles and knowing where you ovulate so that you can either avoid or plan a pregnancy. As a contraception, the world health organisation states that it is more than 99% accurate as a contraception. That`s the same as the birth control pill but without the nasty side effects
The method involves taking your basal body temperature with a digital thermometer each morning, which needs to be done before you get out of bed and start moving about. It also needs to be taken at the same time each day, although there are some easy calculations that you can do to account for any weekend lie-ins or early starts.
The fertility awareness method is a reliable method of contraception if used properly. It is often confused by some people with the old "rhythm method" which was highly dubious. Fertility awareness is COMPLETELY different and based on scientific fact, not estimations. As well as recording your temperature, It uses other symptoms of the female body such as monitoring cervical mucous and the position of the cervix.
Hormonal contraception pitfalls
The birth control pill is known to cause huge health implications. The hormones used are synthetic - that means that they are made in a laboratory somewhere. Whilst they are effective at controlling unwanted pregnancies, the hormones are depleting your body of vital nutrients and contribute to life-long conditions later down the line.
The oestrogen and progesterone that our bodies makes have other functions across our physiology other than just supporting the reproductive system. Oestrogen is vital for bone health and cardiovascular function amongst many other functions, and progesterone is essential for our mood and cognitive balance amongst other reasons.
Synthetic hormones do not offer the same health benefits. The only thing they are good for is stopping unwanted pregnancies.
It is common for a woman to have been on the contraceptive pill for many years and then after menopause discover that she has osteoporosis. The lack of natural oestrogen has contributed to poor bone health.
Not only this, but hormonal contraception is known to deplete B vitamins, Zinc and other nutrients which are vital for health.
What are the advantages of using the Fertility Awareness Method as a contraception?
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