Natural family planning method was found to be effective in both achieving and controlling pregnancy. Nowadays, though there are several available artificial contraceptives which is said to have an immediate effect, artificial method of family planning was found to have certain side effects that can harm the woman and possibly the baby that she will carry in her womb. On the other hand, natural family planning method does not merely help a couple achieve their desired family size, but more than this, it also helps both of them to develop a sense of responsibility. Hence, this method is still preferred and recommended by many healthcare providers.

One of the most common types of natural family planning methods is the rhythm or calendar method or the calendar rhythm method. To use this way of family planning, you have to track your menstrual history to predict when you’ll ovulate. This helps you determine when you’re most likely to conceive. If you’re hoping to get pregnant, you can use the rhythm method to determine the best days to have sex. Similarly, if you’re hoping to avoid pregnancy, you can use the rhythm method to determine which days to avoid unprotected sex. Using the rhythm method for birth control requires careful record keeping and diligence.

To predict when you are likely to ovulate, you can also take your temperature with a special thermometer in the morning every day before you get out of bed. When your temperature rises by about 0.4°F, this means that you are ovulating. Aside from this, you can also use the standard method wherein the fertile periods are days 8 to 19 of every month for women with regular periods that come every 26 to 32 days.

As soon as you were able to determine your fertility pattern, you have to take some steps to achieve your goal. If you want to avoid pregnancy, then you have to abstain from sex and do otherwise if you want to get pregnant. However, the result may not always be positive like any other family planning method. Willingness, patience, perseverance and support from your partner are the keys to a successful family planning.