How to Avoid Pregnancy
Every woman should know how to avoid pregnancy, no matter how old she is or whether she is married, intimately attached, or single.
Even if you are in your thirties, don't assume that your fertile days are over. There are many women who find themselves expecting, well into their forties. Older pregnancies are becoming quite common as more women are taking better care of themselves.
Unless you have gone through menopause and know without a doubt that you cannot conceive a child, you must know the most effective ways to prevent pregnancy. Even if you aren't currently sexually active and do not foresee that kind of relationship entering you life in the future, it is important to understand the basic facts of how your body works.
Understanding Ovulation and Ovulation Cycle.
All effective ways on how not to get pregnant must start with understanding ovulation. If you have a fairly regular 28 day cycle you should be able to determine your most fertile period of each month and use that to learn how to avoid unplanned pregnancy.
Ovulation occurs when an egg is released from the ovaries into a follicle for conception. This typically happens around the 14th day of the cycle, which is about 2 weeks after your last period started. There are ovulation test kits which will identify with more accuracy when the fertile period has begun. They are typically used for women who want to conceive, but they can be a great way to learn how to avoid pregnancy if you use them for a few months to get a good idea of when your ovulation generally starts and ends.
Some women may also chart their basal body temperatures on a daily basis to determine when they are ovulating. Since sperm can remain active in the body for up to 5 days, you should consider the 5 days prior to ovulation part of your most fertile period. Given your cycles are regular, you can use an estimated ovulation period to develop a strategy to avoid pregnancy.
If your cycles are irregular, you will need to be extra vigilant at all times with methods we are about to discuss.
Ways to Prevent Pregnancy
We all know the only sure fire way on how to avoid pregnancy is to remain abstinent. But we're all big girls and that may not happen for most of us long term. The second best way to prevent pregnancy is to go on birth control. If you choose the pill, you have to remain consistent and do not skip a single day.
You want to use condoms regularly, even if you are on birth control. Some women who can't take birth control for medical reasons will go exclusively with condoms, spermicides, and other varieties of in-the-moment protection. These are more risky but can be effective if used correctly and consistently.
The method of pulling out before ejaculation is extremely risky but is better than nothing. Remember that you are depending on the honesty of the man for this method to work, and there is still a possibility of becoming pregnant through pre-ejaculate sperm.
Finally, some women may choose to remain abstinent only during their fertile period of each month. This requires accurate calculation of your ovulation cycle, so give yourself a day prior to and after the predicted fertile window to be on the safe side.
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