The topic of natural contraception is rather controversial. Frequently derided as being highly ineffective, this type of birth control is ideal for the established couple who belongs to a faith community that forbids the use of mechanical or chemical methods. That being said, natural contraception requires the female partner to have a solid understanding of her body’s changes, phases and signs of ovulation. If your wife or girlfriend is unwilling or unable to track these changes, you will most likely not find these methods very useful.
There are three basic forms of natural contraception your partner can rely on: the rhythm method that relies on a calendar, the Billings method (focuses on the changes in cervical mucus) and also the basal body temperature method. Combining two of them heightens the odds of success.
Your Partner's Fertile Days
Pinpoint fertile days. Get to know your partner’s menstrual cycle phases and know the one that increases the likelihood of conception. This time usually takes place right around days 10 to 15 in the cycle.
Do not have sex during fertile days. Couples committed to only relying on natural contraception practice abstinence during the fertile times. Those not quite so staunchly sold out to the idea may resort to barrier contraceptives or withdrawal prior to ejaculation.
Practice withdrawal. If you cannot (or do not want to) rely on your partner’s commitment to natural contraception, practice coitus interruptus, which is also known as the withdrawal method. Remove your penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation and be certain to urinate and cleanse your penis prior to continued sexual activity to avoid the introduction of sperm.
Natural contraception has a high failure rate. Generally speaking, 25 out of 100 couples will find themselves pregnant if solely relying on this method of birth control.