How do I use the Fertility Awareness Methods?
There are a few different methods of fertility awareness. You can use them individually, but it’s more effective to combine them all into what’s called the “symptothermal” method.
Method 1: The Calendar Method. This involves keeping track of your period and ovulation on a calendar. You need to do this for 6 cycles to accurately determine the length of your cycle, and if you find that it’s shorter than 27 days the method is not compatible with your cycle.
Method 2: The Standard Days Method. This is a variation on the calendar method and is only really a good option if your cycle is extremely regular (i.e. never shorter than 26 days, never longer than 32 days). People using this method don’t have unprotected sex during days 8 to 19 of their cycle.
Method 3: The Temperature Method. Every morning, before you do literally anything else, you need to check your temperature. You need to track your temperature for 3 cycles to work out what your temperature fluctuations are. After ovulation, your body temperature will rise by a few degrees, which will help to predict your fertility periods.
Method 4: The Cervical Mucous Method (AKA The Ovulation Method). This method requires you to keep track of your vaginal discharge and cervical mucous levels on a fertility chart. You need to chart at least one full cycle, to work out the changes in colour, texture, smell and volume that help to determine when you’re ovulating and fertile.