In this day and age you may be wondering why you would use a natural method of managing your fertility like the Billings Ovulation Method™. After all, if you're having difficulty conceiving you could use technologies like IVF. And if, on the other hand, you want to prevent pregnancy there are many different methods of contraception you can get from your doctor or pharmacy. But sometimes it's the simple things in life that can make all the difference, even in our high-tech world! Whether you want to achieve pregnancy or to prevent it, here are some really good reasons to choose the Billings Ovulation Method™:
No side-effects or long-term health risks
Achieving pregnancy If you're having difficulty conceiving you may be considering IVF. There are some side effects and risks associated with fertility treatments. Fertility drugs may cause bloating, irritability, headaches, and rarely, more severe reactions. Other risks, some of which are not yet fully understood, relate to the children born as a result of fertility treatment. These may include increased risks of premature birth, low birth weight and birth defects.
The Billings Ovulation Method™ is a completely natural method of optimising your chances of conceiving, so there are no associated side-effects or risks.
Preventing pregnancy Women using hormonal methods of contraception may experience breast tenderness, nausea, headaches, breakthrough bleeding, weight gain, mood changes and loss of libido. The more serious side effects can occur when women with particular risk factors take hormonal contraceptives, such as those who smoke, or who have cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure. In these cases, the risks of heart attack and stroke are increased. There is also a small risk of the serious condition Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), so women with blood clot problems should not use hormonal contraception.
Oestrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives (combined) have been classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as Group 1 carcinogens. That means they are known to be carcinogenic to humans. Studies have linked use of the Pill to an increased risk of cancer of the breast, cervix and liver. The Pill may also cause a loss of bone density, which means women may be more susceptible to fractures later in life.
With the Billings Ovulation Method™ you don't have to worry about side-effects or long-term health risks. The method is 100 percent natural, so it doesn't interfere with the delicate balance of natural processes in your body.
100% Natural, Drug-Free and Non-Invasive
The Billings Ovulation Method™ is based on your body's natural signals of fertility and infertility, so it's drug-free, non-invasive, and doesn't require any devices. With hormonal methods of contraception you're ingesting synthetic hormones that alter your body's natural hormone patterns. Some forms of hormonal contraception require implantation or injection. An IUD requires insertion into your uterus by a doctor. If you use a diaphragm you have to remember to insert it at the right time, and with condoms you have to have them on hand. But with the Billings Ovulation Method™ it's back to basics. No hormones, no invasive procedures, and no devices. After all, it's the simple things in life that are often the best!
For all stages of reproductive life
Every woman is unique, and your menstrual cycle and patterns of fertility and infertility are as unique as you are. It doesn't matter if your cycles are short, average or long, or if they vary in length from one cycle to the next. It doesn't matter if your cycles are affected by long-distance travel, strenuous physical activity, significant weight loss or gain, stress or illness. You may be breastfeeding or approaching menopause. Whatever your stage of reproductive life the Billings Ovulation Method™ will help you to understand about your fertility on a daily basis. When you record your observations of cervical mucus in your Billings Ovulation Method™ chart, your patterns of fertility and infertility will emerge. Of course, your Billings Ovulation Method™ tutor will be able to help you if anything is confusing.
Simple to use
There are just 4 simple rules of the Billings Ovulation Method™. Trials by the World Health Organisation have shown that over 90% of women can identify the fertile phase and the Peak day of fertility in the first month of observation and charting! It is simple enough that illiterate women and blind women have been taught to use the method successfully. It really is for every woman, everywhere!
There's a small fee for your consultation with a Billings Ovulation Method™ teacher to learn the method. Then after that, it's free. You could save thousands of dollars by avoiding the need for fertility treatments like IVF. And if you're using the method to prevent pregnancy, the money you save on contraception will really add up!
Cares for the environment
Synthetic oestrogen, a common ingredient in hormonal contraception, can contaminate the environment after being carried by sewage into rivers. The drastic impacts on the numbers and fertility of animals living downstream from waste water treatment plants are well documented. For example, male fish have been found to develop female characteristics, and egg development in female fish is altered. This can result in whole populations being wiped out.
Humans may be exposed to this synthetic oestrogen when they drink the water or eat the fish and animals that have been contaminated. There are a number of studies suggesting a link between oestrogen contamination of the environment and adverse changes in male reproductive health (eg decline in sperm counts, increase in genital malformations, increase in testicular and prostate cancers).
The Billings Ovulation Method™ is 100% hormone free, so it won't contaminate the environment. And there is no packaging adding to landfill.
Tuning in to your body and its natural rhythms in this way can be incredibly satisfying. The Billings Ovulation Method™ enables you to understand, appreciate and protect your reproductive health. Whether you're trying to conceive or wanting to prevent pregnancy, this knowledge is empowering. It puts YOU in control!
Strengthens your relationship
The communication, caring and cooperation needed to successfully apply the Billings Ovulation Method™ are the same qualities that will enhance your entire relationship as a couple.
Many women and couples have moral objections to using contraception. The Billings Ovulation Method™ is morally acceptable to all cultures and religions.
Helps you safeguard your reproductive health
The Billings Ovulation Method™ chart is diagnostic. Changes in your cervical mucus are an accurate reflection of the activity of your reproductive hormones. Your chart will be an accurate record of these hormonal events. Once you learn to recognise what is normal for you, you'll be able to identify what isn’t. If you notice irregularities in your pattern, such as abnormal bleeding or an unusual pattern of discharge, you'll know to go to your doctor to get them investigated. Your doctor can then use your chart to help diagnose the problem and to work out the best treatment for you.
This is knowledge that every woman ought to have. Click here to read more about how the Billings Ovulation Method™ helps you to safeguard your reproductive health.