The Billings Method of Natural Contraception

I often smile to myself and celebrate how some of life’s most precious secrets (certain truths we are desperately seeking) have been known for ages and regarded as “the norm”. I guess I am finally finding out what normal really is… who would have thought!

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The norm, or what is normal, is a tricky word. We live in a society, time and culture that has corrupted what should be normal. Our society has brought an entire new definition of normality. I have decided that “normal” shall be what I regard as my natural standard, my usual, what I find works for my well-being… What is the best for me, my body and soul.

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“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect” ~ Mark Twain

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I find it so exciting to discover ideas and practices that connect you to hope and push you towards utmost wellness. I think a major part of life, and by extension wellness, is connection with yourself – a body to body connection. It means being empowered to read different sensations, certain signals your body sends you and understand them. I definitely call that normal!!!

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I recently heard about the Billings Method of contraception (natural family planning), and in reading just an excerpt I found truth… mine anyways. It made complete and utter sense, but not only in the dynamic of contraception (though that is a huge factor) but in the whole scheme of life. It fits harmoniously with what KORAKOR is.  By learning to recognize patterns – our body’s natural tendencies – we can predict what we may or may not need. In respect to fertility, the Billings Method can be used to conceive a baby or avoid a pregnancy (with an effectiveness rate which is the same as the Pill but without harmful side effects). Now, we are approaching ‘normal’, are we not?

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I guess it makes you question how it was done way back when, you know, when ladies were not yet putting chemicals in their bodies to prevent it from doing it what it does best… I have a gut feeling that connection with the body was at the heart of it all…

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So what is the Billings Method all about?

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It teaches women to recognize when they are fertile by being alert to when their body produces fertile mucus or cervical mucus. All evidence supports the theory that no fertile mucus equals no pregnancy. Put simply, spermatozoa cannot survive without it due to the acidic environment of the vagina. The fertile mucus protects and nourishes the spermatozoa, helping them retain their fertilizing capacity for 3-5 days. It helps guide these little tadpoles to the fallopian tubes and acts as a filter, removing damaged cells. Recent trials of the Billings Method indicate a method effectiveness of better than 99% for contraception. This is because couples are advised to avoid intercourse when fertile mucus is present (or when there is bleeding as menstrual blood can obscure mucus should it be produced during a period which is possible during short cycles). This compares well with other contraceptive methods: The Pill (99%); Mini Pill (96%); IUD (94-99%), Rhythm (53-86%).  This just proves what scientific studies have shown us: fertile mucus is essential for conception.

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Most importantly, it is a cooperative method of family planning that puts the responsibility equally on both partners. It really is crucial to empower both male and female in your sexuality. You should both be comfortable and knowledgable about what your bodies say and do. This method’s success depends on the woman learning to understand her own individual pattern of fertility and the couple cooperating with the recommendations of the guidelines.

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Now it can be time intensive, and does require commitment, but all in all it works…your body works perfectly… trust it!

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The facts:

Within every menstrual cycle, there is only a small window of opportunity of approximately six days for conception. That’s because ovulation (the release of the egg from the ovary) happens on just one day in each cycle. The ovum (egg) lives for between 12 and 24 hours. Fertile mucus is produced by the cervix (neck of the womb) in the days leading up to ovulation. Spermatozoa need this fertile mucus to survive. When it is present, they may live for three to five days.

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The Billings Method teaches the woman to identify ovulation as well as the infertile phases in her cycle. Another physical clue to ovulation is a softened, swollen and slippery vulva.

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The mucus pattern:

If you pay daily attention to the mucus produced throughout your menstrual cycle, you will notice a pattern including:

• In the days following menstruation, you may either feel dry or notice a consistent pattern of discharge (infertile phase).

• Then you observe a change from the infertile phase, either in sensation or the appearance of the mucus. You no longer feel dry (beginning of the fertile phase).

• In the days leading up to ovulation, you will notice a changing pattern of sensation and mucus. The vulva will begin to feel slippery (fertile phase).

• The last day of the slippery sensation is the peak of fertility, ovulation occurs no more than 48 hours after recognizing the peak.

• After the ‘peak’, the vulva feels dry or sticky. The woman is infertile from the fourth day past her peak until the next menstruation.

• Menstruation occurs 11 to16 days following the recognition of the peak if the cycle is fertile.

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***Any woman can use the Billings Method

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Once learned, the Billings Method can be applied throughout a woman’s reproductive life. It can be used with regular and irregular cycles. You can use it:

• To either avoid or achieve a pregnancy

• To identify the return to fertility after childbirth

• As a safe form of family planning during breastfeeding

• To chart your changing cycles leading up to menopause.

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Professional instruction

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Individual instruction is advisable. There are Billings Method clinics located around the world that offer detailed training and support..

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Gina Solorzano-Gabet, 2012

Comments

2 Responses to “The Billings Method of Natural Contraception”
  1. John Mac says:

    My friend got pregnant using this method. Fallibility rules on this planet unfortunately. I’ve relied on this method myself. If i was back again i’m not sure given the evident ecological imbalance between humans and the rest of life forms on the planet. There’s plenty starving children we can call our own if we choose to save them rather than play genetic roulette. Guess that would fit with Mark Twain’s truism as well.. Enjoy this method .. Thanks for sharing.

  2. seb says:

    nice article gina! lots of love! seb

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