Although the timing method is used by most for contraceptive purposes, it can also be used to increase fertility and increase the chances of conceiving a baby. Based on the monitoring of your previous ovulations, the calendar method helps you identify fertile days so you can have unprotected sex and conceive the much-desired child.
What is the calendar method and how is it used?
The calendar method is very popular and is also known as the natural method of contraception. It is based on identifying the fertile days (ovulation) within the menstrual cycle, to know when you can have protected sex, for contraceptive purposes, and when not protected, in order to become pregnant.
Pregnancy occurs only when unprotected intercourse occurs near or during ovulation days in a menstrual cycle.
For a precise identification of the ovulatory days and to be able to trust this method, it is important to monitor your menstrual cycle several months in a row.
At a regular menstrual cycle of 28 days, ovulation usually occurs on day 14. It is calculated taking as a reference the first day of menstruation. At a 29-day cycle, it should appear on day 15, and at 30, in the 16th.
Fertile days are easy to identify when you have a regular menstrual cycle. If it is not constant and the menstruation comes every other day, and not according to your calculations, and the cycles measure a different number of days, it is harder to detect them accurately.
In the case of the irregular menstrual cycle, it is important to write down in an agenda the number of days of each cycle, for a minimum of 6 months, in order to calculate the ovulation.
It takes the shortest and longest menstrual cycle from the period you monitored it. From the number of days of the shortest cycle in the graph, the number 18 is subtracted and the day on which the fertile period began begins. From the longest cycle, subtract 11 and get the day when ovulation began in that period. If the other cycles oscillate between the two values taken as a benchmark for calculations, it is clear that your fertile days are framed somewhere between the result of the first calculation (from which you dropped 18) and the second (from which you dropped) 11).
How does the calendar method help you to get pregnant?
Once the fertile period of the menstrual cycle is detected, you have all the necessary data to make the pregnancy possible.
The egg released monthly from the ovaries survives for a period of 24-38 hours, while the sperm have a slightly longer lifespan, between 72-100 days.
Unprotected sexual contacts must take place 1-2 days before the first day of ovulation, it is advisable to continue on all fertile days and even 3-4 days afterwards, when there are still chances to get pregnant (there is a chance the occurrence of the second ovulation).
The method of the calendar is not very precise, and most of the time fertile days are very difficult to identify precisely. For more accuracy, call, simultaneously with the calendar method, and other methods of ovulation detection (basal temperature, body signs, position of the cervix, etc.).
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