Natural Family Planning

The natural family planning method used to be the norm up to a few decades ago. Many families were built on this concept, rather than making use of artificial birth control methods, which were considered to be rather risky by many women, up to some years ago. Apart from that, many women feared the possible side effects that could result from using such methods. Over the years artificial birth control methods gained popularity, but recently a considerable liking to Natural Family Planning methods has been recorded. In fact lately, natural family planning has become almost as popular as it once used to be. This is a typical case where old methods are being readopted and considered to be a good idea.

Natural Family Planning is characteristically linked to the Catholic Church and its teachings, especially since in essence it does not agree with other birth control methods due to the fact that it is part of a married couple’s duty to have children.

Natural Family Planning basically revolves around three fertility signs, namely the cervical position, the temperature and the mucus. Natural Family Planning is used by many fertility experts worldwide and is considered to be a fairly reliable method to help couples to plan their family with regards to the number of children they would like to have, and when they would like to have them. Catholic groups try to show that the natural family planning method can be a feasible and dutiful way for a catholic couple to plan the family they would like to have in the future, based on their financial means and future prospects. Rather than focusing on the prospect of keeping children at bay so as to focus on their career, the catholic religion tries to help couples appreciate the beauty of having children and rearing them, especially since it is their responsibility as a catholic couple to do so.

However natural family planning is not merely about Catholicism. It has gone beyond that. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about a quarter of couples who use Natural Family Planning manage to become pregnant every year.

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To many couples it seems that the risk of getting pregnant is not as problematic as the potential side effects and problems associated with methods of artificial birth control. According to statistics, even though 4 out of every 5 American women use the pill, almost one third of them opt to stop using it because of its various side effects.

Hormonal birth control does not seem to be popular either. The potential side effects of this birth control method scare off many women.

Thus a significant portion of women is opting for Natural Family Planning. It is a simple and quite straightforward birth control method, which essentially only calls for daily monitoring and charting. Natural Family Planning is also commonly referred to as Fertility Awareness methods or FAM in short. Calculations should be as precise as possible and record keeping is of essence to make this method work properly. The woman needs to take her basal body temperature each morning before getting out of bed. This should be recorded and charted. Other information needs to be recorded, including the type of cervical fluid and the cervix location. Any changes in the mood, weight and health symptoms should also be noted.

Some women seem to favor the Natural Family Planning method, yet they find some difficulty when it comes to charting. As a result, there have been several apps which have been developed to make this simpler and effortless. One such app is Kindara, which is rated highly. With the catchphrase, ‘your fertility in your hands’, this is one of the most popular Natural Family Planning apps used by women worldwide.

It is important for a woman to know her body well in order to make Natural Family Planning methods work properly. If used correctly, Natural Family Planning methods can help in birth control as well as pregnancy. According to the Kindara website, if a woman truly understands her cycle and her body, as well as the Natural Family Planning rules, a 99.4% effectiveness in avoiding pregnancy is declared. Thus, for those who are willing to put in some effort and time, Natural Family Planning might be the best birth control option. It is helpful to talk to your doctor or to some other professional who might offer helpful insights about the application of the Natural Family Planning methods. There are even some classes that focus on this. These are generally organized by Catholic groups and are open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Natural Family Planning method. Until you feel comfortable with charting, it may be a good idea to use a birth control method as a form of back-up. Discussing this option with your partner is recommended, especially when taking into account that if you are not going to use any condoms or other artificial birth control methods, there is always the higher possibility of an unplanned pregnancy.

Now that you have your family plan in place, it would be a good idea to learn about what signs to look for to know if you are pregnant.