How to prevent pregnancy: 14 days of risk free sex

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How to prevent pregnancy: 14 days of risk free sex

Many women are concerned about how to prevent pregnancy, how to avoid pregnancy without contraceptives or how to avoid getting pregnant without protection. For those women who don’t want to get pregnant just now and would like to know what there options are, there´s something really important you need to know… your non-fertile days.
Want to know what days of your menstrual cycle are completely and totally non-fertile? These are the days of the month where no matter how many times you have sex, there is absolutely NO WAY you can get pregnant.
Here’s the gist of what we will cover in this post: the non-fertile days of a woman with a menstrual cycle of 28 days are those that go from day 22 of the cycle to day 8 of the next cycle. In total they are about 14 days.
How do you count those days and what does this mean for you if you DON’T want to get pregnant? Read on and find out!

How to prevent pregnancy: count the days of your menstrual cycle

Day 01 of your menstrual cycle starts on the first day of heavy bleeding, that is when the blood and tissue lining your uterus break down and leave your body.
Most women have periods that last from 4 to 8 days. This means that for most of us, we cannot get pregnant during our periods (from day 01 to day 08 of our menstrual cycle).
On day 08 the new follicle containing your ovum has started to mature on your ovary. You need a mature ovum in order to get pregnant, which means starting on day 08 of your menstrual you are at risk of pregnancy.
Ovulation, when your ovary releases your ovum, occurs between day 11 and day 21 of your menstrual cycle. The egg then is only available for fertilization for 12-24 hours. This means that by day 22 of your menstrual cycle you are no longer at pregnancy risk.
On day 24 (maximum) your ovum starts to break down if it has not been fertilized.
By day 28 your unfertilized egg is ready to leave your body along with your uterine lining. All is set in place for your menstruation to begin.
Once your menstruation begins, it is day 01 of your menstrual cycle and the whole cycle starts again.
From day 24 to day 01 of your menstrual cycle you cannot get pregnant. This is because your ovum has already started to break apart, making it impossible for it to be fertilized and hence cause pregnancy.

Too complicated? Download himama’s free ovulation calculator app for Android and iPhone.

Fraternal Twins versus Identical Twins

Most women mature one ovum per menstrual cycle. Exceptions to this rule are found in families with cases of fraternal twins on the mother’s side.
Fraternal twins develop in the womb of their mother at the same time as the consequence of two ova being fertilized by two spermatozoa. By contrast, identical twins are a random occurrence that does not depend on genetics. Identical twins come into being when the already fertilized ovum splits into two. This is a random, rare event.

How to prevent pregnancy: Calculate the six day fertile window

There are 14 days of your regular menstrual cycle where it is scientifically impossible for you to get pregnant. On the other hand, the time period where you are in your optimal fertility is much smaller. When you have a regular menstrual cycle, you have exactly six days when you can get pregnant. These six days have been addressed in depth in our post on the fertile window.
Want more info? Read more about the fertile window and ovulation calculators.

An irregular menstrual cycle

The length of the menstrual cycle isn’t the same for every woman. In fact, the length of your menstrual cycle may vary from month to month, especially when you are starting out. As you get older, your menstrual cycles tend to shorten and become more regular. Eventually, you should look for a cycle that lasts 28 days, plus or minus seven days.
Your menstrual cycle is considered irregular if bleeding occurs more frequently than every 21 days or lasts longer than 8 days.
You can read more on whats normal and what’s not in a menstrual cycle and find out if your menstrual cycle is signaling health complications you should be aware of.

Benefits of knowing your non-fertile days: natural family planning to prevent pregnancy

More than the knowledge per se of when your non-fertile days are coming around, being aware of what is happening during your menstrual cycle allows you to be in control of your family planning, prevent pregnancy and monitor your health. With deeper knowledge and awareness of how your body is functioning, you can decide exactly when you want to get pregnant.
You can use natural family planning to prevent pregnancy while at the same time avoiding exposing your body to the synthetic chemicals and hormones present in over-the-counter contraceptives.
Natural family planning has great benefits:

  • More than 95% Effective
  • No chemicals or artificial components
  • Side-Effect Free
  • Easy to Use
  • Inexpensive
  • Educational & Empowering

Natural family planning has also been proven to fortify long term relationships.
Make sure to read our post on the benefits of natural family planning for your long term relationship if you want to understand how it works.

Make himama your companion to avoid pregnancy

At himama, we believe you are free to choose how you live a healthy sex life. That is why we recommend you learn about your contraceptive options and make special emphasis on natural family planning and fertility awareness to prevent pregnancy. Not only does it guarantee your ability to enjoy your sexuality while you decide when you want to get pregnant. It is also a 000 fertility monitor makes fertility awareness simple and easy to achieve from the comfort of your home.
Would you like to learn more about how to prevent pregnancy naturally? Check out the himama fertility monitor and let us know if it is a good fit for your family planning needs.

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