Natural Birth Control — The Way God Intended

getting pregnantIn an effort to continually maintain a care and discipline toward the creation of our bodies and the planning of our families, it is vital to have an understanding of the way that women’s bodies work and the cycles which affect pregnancy. Planning a family can be challenging in a variety of ways, whether we are not able to get pregnant when we want to or if there is an unexpected pregnancy when we are not necessarily planning to. Of course, children are ultimately a blessing from God no matter when they arrive, but giving some time and attention to planning our families naturally can often help us feel a little more at peace and avoid some chaos.

Understanding Ovulation

While most ovulation kits are made to predict fertility in order to allow the woman to conceive, there are also conveniences to predicting ovulation that may be effective in allowing families to avoid getting pregnant if it isn’t the right time. Tracking a woman’s ovulation and being aware of her fertility may be approached in a several ways which, all combined, may help a couple to avoid pregnancy. Using ovulation predictor kits or tests may allow a woman to have a better handle on her cycle of fertility and be able to plan for the future in a more educated manner.

Ovulation Predictor Kits

OPKs (Ovulation Predictor Kits) typically use a urine sample to determine at what point in the month she is most likely to get pregnant. A surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) indicates that egg is ready to be released from the ovary and travel down the fallopian tubes toward the uterus with the potential to be fertilized. Because most women ovulate 14 days prior to the arrival of their periods, a woman needs to track her cycle on a calendar to understand when she is most likely to ovulate and begin testing a few days before that time. Certain fertility kits come with an electronic tracker to tailor the testing days for the individual woman’s cycle in order to provide the best possible information.

Several companies make ovulation predictor kits which are used for family planning, including Clearblue Easy Fertility Starter Kit, First Response, Wondfo, Clinical Guard, Answer, and other options. While most of them use the woman’s hormones in a urine sample to predict fertile times, other tests may use a woman’s saliva or sweat with similar results of predicting ovulation. Knowing when to use an ovulation kit is the key.

Fertility Charting

There are also a few other methods of tracking ovulation in an effort to either keep from getting pregnant or in an effort to plan a pregnancy. Keeping a chart of the woman’s cycle is the first and most important part of understanding when she is more likely to get pregnant. On this chart information will be accumulated in order to better predict what the woman’s body is doing. Information on the fertility chart may be:

    • Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is the woman’s resting body temperature in the mornings before she gets out of bed. The moment a woman’s body ovulates, the release of progesterone heats the body which means that the time when ovulation is expected will show a spike in the morning resting body temperature.
    • Cervical Mucus is one of the surest signs of ovulation as the texture and amount of cervical mucus will change during fertile times. In order to provide an ideal environment for fertilization of the egg, the body produces a cervical mucus which is clear, thin, and slippery (like a raw egg white). This is often a strong indicator as an immediate predecessor to ovulation.

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  • Other natural signs of symptoms of fertility may include something similar to cramping (from the release of the egg) but in the middle of the cycle, breast tenderness, increased libido, and sometimes moodiness.

Getting Pregnant

The good news about using ovulation prediction to plan a family is that, when a couple does feel that it is time to get pregnant, they are highly educated on how the woman’s body functions. This means that they are much more likely to be able to get pregnant quickly when it is time to start trying because they know exactly when she is most likely to be fertile. Of course, the blessing of children is ultimately up to God, but if we participate in understanding the way his creation works, then we can an active take part in the planning process through his intelligent design.

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