Ovulation Calendar Method
WHAT IS THE OVULATION CALENDAR METHOD?
The Calendar or Rhythm Method is a natural form of contraception based on abstaining from sex (or using male or female condoms) during the time that a female is likely to be fertile
HOW DO I USE THE OVULATION CALENDAR METHOD TO CALCULATE SAFE DAYS?
Step 1: Determine the length of your cycle:
- You will need to get a calendar (any simple one will be fine) to track your cycle for this method
- On your calendar, circle the first day of your period - this is day one of your cycle
- The next time you get your period, circle that day and count the total number of days in between this day one of your cycle. Include the first day when you count.
- Do this for at least eight cycles, and then you will have enough information to correctly track your cycle using the Calendar Method
To use this Standard/Calendar/Rhythm method, your menstrual cycle must be between 26 and 32 days long. If it is shorter or longer than 26-32 days, you cannot use this method because it will not be effective.
Step 2: Determine your fertile days:
Your most fertile days (the days you are most likely to become pregnant if you have unprotected sex) are days 8-19 of your cycle (Day 1 is the first day of your period).
Remember, if you are trying to avoid pregnancy but want to have sex during your fertile days, use a backup method like condoms, cervical caps, or female condoms.
If the calendar/rhythm method is too complex for you, simply visit a healthcare provider so that he/she can further simplify it for you.