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Calendar method of contraception: How reliable is it?

Pregnancy is considered a moment of happiness for a couple but sometimes it can be unnecessary also so many people find out ways to avoid pregnancy. There are various birth control methods most of which are effective.

But, most users have a question regarding the calendar method of contraception. This article deals with this issue and we will see how safe and reliable this contraception method is.

What exactly is the calendar method of contraception?

Before jumping into the calendar method, let us first define contraception. To put it simply, contraception is a method to avoid pregnancy. So, what does a calendar have to do with preventing pregnancy? We will find it out.

The highest chances of pregnancy occur almost five days leading up to ovulation, the day of ovulation and almost two days after ovulation. This period is known as the fertile period. A woman can get pregnant only on these days. This is when the egg is fertilized by the sperm.

Usually, ovulation occurs on the 14th day in case of a 28-day period cycle. So, the highest chances of pregnancy occur between the 10th to 16th day.

The calendar method of contraception is basically having sex without any birth control methods on the days apart from the fertile days known as safe days. This is the most common natural family planning method, but is it really effective?

Calendar method of contraception: Is it safe?

There is not any best birth control method when it comes to avoiding pregnancy as every contraception method is not 100% effective. There are still slight chances that you might become pregnant. The calendar method of contraception is not a reliable option as unprotected sex can lead to pregnancy at any stage of the menstrual cycle.

This method may work for some people but not for everyone. Hence, it is always recommended to use birth control methods. There are plenty of contraception methods in the market like morning-after pills, Copper T, condoms, birth control pills etc. The use of condoms is always recommended as it is the cheapest, safe for health and non-hormonal.

Morning-after pills or emergency contraception pills should not be used frequently as it creates a lot of hormonal imbalances and can prove to be health hazardous. As the name suggests, it is only to be used during emergency situations.

Calendar method of contraception: Risks involved

Here are the risks that come with the calendar method of contraception.

  1. Unwanted pregnancy: As discussed above, it is not at all recommended for coupled to rely completely on this method of birth control.

  2. Sexually transmitted Infections: There is a huge risk of STIs with unprotected sex. Hence, to protect you and your partner from STIs, the use of condoms is highly recommended.

It is always recommended to use proper birth control if you want to avoid unnecessary pregnancy. Completely relying on the calendar method and having sex on safe days may not always work well.

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