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Natural Family Planning

Natural family planning is a method of monitoring the symptoms of a woman’s body in order to determine the best time to either achieve or avoid conception.  Natural family planning is a natural alternative that has been used for several years as birth control.  Today, natural family planning is used by many women to actually help them conceive a baby.  Advocates of natural family planning have long claimed that your body provides you with all of the information you need to find out when you are fertile and can become pregnant.  In practice, however, many symptoms that indicate ovulation provide uncertain results and can not be identified precisely.

Understanding Your Menstrual Cycle and Natural Family Planning

Identifying and understanding your menstrual cycle is at the basis of natural family planning.  Understanding your personal menstrual cycle, the hormones in your body and how they affect fertility and the changes your body goes through during each cycle, will help you more easily identify when it is that you can become pregnant.  Your cycle may vary each month or stay the same.  If it varies, it can be difficult to determine your fertile days, without the help of a fertility monitor.

A woman’s menstrual cycle starts on the first day of her period and ends the day before her next period starts.  For most women in their reproductive years, their menstrual cycles usually last between 21 and 35 days, although for many women, their periods are irregular and their cycle lengths vary from one month to the next.  There are three phases of the menstrual cycle – the follicular phase, ovulation and the luteal phase.  While the luteal phase (which takes place after ovulation)  remains fairly constant at 14 days, the follicular phase can and does vary in length for different women.

With a saliva fertility monitor, you can precisely (up to 95% accuracy) identify which days you can and can not conceive.  By testing your saliva daily, you will be able to pinpoint exactly when it is that you ovulate (up to 5 days in advance) and then take action.  Saliva fertility monitors are the best way to detect ovulation and go hand and hand with natural family planning.  Today, one of the most effective saliva fertility monitors on the market is the Fertility Tracker.