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can anyone explain natural family planning to me, my mom tried but she has been outta the game for a while and since i'm tryin to concieve i'd like to try to use that to my advantage?? don't be shy i'd like to know everything so that i can get my stuff together and try for a baby!! thanks ladies

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Asked by NOWLIN8408 at 1:36 AM on Apr. 6, 2009 in Trying to Conceive

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  • What is natural family planning?
    Natural family planning is a method used to help a couple determine when sexual intercourse can and cannot result in pregnancy. During each menstrual cycle, one of a woman's ovaries releases an egg. This process is called ovulation. The egg moves toward the uterus through the fallopian tubes, where fertilization may take place. An unfertilized egg may live for up to 12 hours. The egg will be shed later during the menstrual period if it isn't fertilized. A woman is most likely to become pregnant if sexual intercourse takes place just before or just after ovulation.

    During the menstrual cycle, a number of changes occur in a woman's body. By keeping track of these changes, couples can plan when to have intercourse and when to avoid intercourse, depending on whether they are trying to achieve or avoid pregnancy.

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    Good Luck!

    Answer by ivntee07 at 1:43 AM on Apr. 6, 2009

  • noticing changes in cervical mucus would be one example

    Answer by MiraclesDHappen at 3:08 AM on Apr. 6, 2009

  • You should also get a basal thermometer and check your temperature every morning at the same time (within half an hour or so). keep a record of this. Sometimes right before ovulation, the temperature will drop which you shouldn't have sex on this day, because that could be ovulation. . When it goes up about four degrees higher then the first six days for a 48 hour period, ovulation probably has occurred.
    The phase with your period is called the follicular phase. This phase varies from women to women and can cause irregular periods. After ovulation, your luteal phase has occured. Your temperature will be high during this time. This phrase usually is the same for women, about 14 days give or take a day or two for women.
    You should also be checking your mucous discharge in your vagina daily and chart that.
    You can check on the toilet by sticking your fingers in there, looking on the toilet paper, etc

    Answer by Angeldolphine at 9:28 AM on Apr. 6, 2009

  • Oh yeah, I forgot to mention above, that the luteal phase can be 10 days at the least. If it stays up more then 18 days, you are probably pregnant.
    Dry means you have a hard time getting mucous
    Sticky when it feels sticky or tacky
    creamy when it kinda feels like cream or lotion
    egg white-looks like egg whites, clear or stretches a little., or watery.
    After ovulation, it is normal to have dry, sticky or creamy discharge.
    So, chart both together, when you notice that your discharge goes from egg white clearish or water to dry, sticky or creamy at the same time your temperature goes way up, you just ovulated. Now, remember sperm can live up to 3 days. So, don't have sex four days before you notice your temperature normally goes up (You can ovulate the day before the temperture goes up right when it drops) and at least a day after your temperature goes up.
    I hope that makes sense.

    Answer by Angeldolphine at 9:37 AM on Apr. 6, 2009

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