How to Use the Rhythm Method
The rhythm method is a way of controlling birth. The techniques in this method depend on the duration of your menstrual cycle. Below are some steps to effectively follow the rhythm method.
- It is pertinent to know the length of your menstrual cycle. You may not effectively employ the rhythm method until you have known durations of several of your menstrual cycles. Keeping a noting of the total number of days both against the shortest and the longest period. This piece of information will be used to calculate your infertile days. Record the day your period begins on — the first day of your menstruation.
- Count your days before ovulation. Remember that ovulation takes some 14 days prior to your getting period. From out of your noted shortest cycle, subtract 19 days. The resulting answer would be somewhere between 7 and 11 in case your period spans over 30 to 36 days. Your answer would constitute the days you are infertile.
- Now work out the beginning of your post-ovulatory phase; this can be done by subtracting 10 from your longest period. Again this will constitute another infertile phase in your period. Of a 30-36 days period, your post ovulation phase will fall due on the 26th day.
- Try to understand the behaviour of the pattern of your period. A simple interpretation for the specimen specified above can be: ‘consider yourself infertile from the very first day of your period through the 11th day, while from the 12th through the 25th day will be your fertile cycle. Again from the 26th through the last day of your cycle will be considered your infertile period.’ Also don’t miss to keep track of the days of your menstruation. If you are having a five days period, then the initial five days of your infertility would be considered your ‘menstrual phase’.
- It is, therefore, strongly recommended not to have vaginal penetrative sexual intercourse on your fertile days.
- One of the most convenient way to keep track of a working record, you may mark your calendar or you may also use cycle beads as an indicative of phases of your period. Put an ‘X’ mark for fertile days and a check mark (✓) for non fertile days. Coloured cycle beads are also available there. Buy them to help you keep record of your period. Beads can also be acquired in domestic setting as well. Choose an easy-to-remember and cosy colour scheme. A nice pattern would be using red beads for your menstrual days, green for infertile ones while yellow for fertile period. This is easy to remember because red colour can be associated with the blood of menstruation; green meaning safe to do sexual activity and yellow for caution or inactive period for sex.
This method best suits to women who most have regular menstrual periods. The ones having irregular cycles may suffer for calculating their phases or conceive a pregnancy. A number of other natural birth control methods are there, so choose the one that best suits your menstrual behaviour.
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