Natural Birth Control
*Natural Family Planning
*Fertility Awareness Method
Natural Family Planning Method- is a way of observing which days you are infertile or fertile by means of cervical mucus observations and the morning basal body temperature, as to either achieve pregnancy or avoid it. You would abstain from intercourse during the fertile times. (1)
Fertility Awareness Method- is the same as Natural Family Planning, however other forms of birth control would be used during the fertile time, such as condoms, cervical cap, diaphragm, sponge, etc. (2)
"Natural Birth Control Made Simple" -Barbara Kass-Annese & Hal Danzer
"Honoring Our Cycles" -Katie Singer
My husband and I have used this type of birth control for the first 2 years we were married. In that time there were no surprises. I like that I am so aware and in tune with my body. I love not having to have chemicals in my body that alter my moods or toxify my body. I don't have to worry to take a pill or anything. The only thing that really required some time was learning about the method. There are a lot of things to know and learn, but once you do and get into a routine, things get really simple. I take my temperature every morning while in bed and watch for any type of mucus through-out the day while going to the bathroom. It is really that simple. There are some rules to follow and times when you must abstain for 1-2 weeks depending on if you have a normal or irregular cycle, but we accept that and do other things to show our love for each other. In 2012, when we wanted to take a chance on getting pregnant, I did right away. I highly recommend learning more about this method and practicing it. It is free (besides the $12 thermometer and cost of books) and it is natural. If you want to live a healthy lifestyle this can help free up the dependency on drugs/chemicals to prevent pregnancy.