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Recognise your fertile time

I highly recommend that all women read The Billings Method: using the body’s natural signal of fertility to avoid or achieve a pregnancy by Dr Evelyn Billings. By learning to recognise our fertile time, the Billings Method can be used to conceive a baby or avoid a pregnancy (with an effectiveness rate which is the same as the Pill but without harmful side effects).

The Billings Method has proved invaluable in the treatment of infertility when intercourse is timed to coincide with the appearance of fertile mucus. It is not uncommon for women to conceive using the Billings Method after IVF has failed. The Billing Method has an 80% or higher success rate for natural conception compared to the average IVF success rate of 47%.

It teaches women to recognise when they are fertile by being alert to when their body produces fertile mucus. All evidence supports the theory that no fertile mucus equals no pregnancy. Put simply, sperm cannot survive without it due to the acid environment of the vagina. The fertile mucus protects and nourishes the sperm, helping to retain their fertilising capacity for 3-5 days. It helps guide the sperm to the fallopian tubes and acts as a filter, removing damaged sperm cells.

On the other hand, if you want to avoid a pregnancy, recent trials of the Billings Method indicate a method effectiveness of better than 99% for contraception. This is because couples are advised to avoid intercourse when fertile mucus is present (or when there is bleeding as menstrual blood can obscure mucus should it be produced during a period which is possible during short cycles). This effectiveness rate compares well with other contraceptive methods: The Pill (99%); Mini Pill (96%); IUD (94-99%), Rhythm (53-86%). This just proves what scientific studies have shown us – that fertile mucus is essential for conception.

The Billings Method can be used during all phases of life – with regular cycles, irregular cycles, during breastfeeding or approaching menopause. To find out more read my article