Re: What Birth Control has the least side effects?
FAM is different from rhythm in that you continously monitor your basal body temperatures (BBT) and cervical mucus (CM). It allows you to pinpoint exactly when you ovulate, whether that is cycle day 14 or 19 or day 36 (if you skip a period for example). Before ovulation, your temperatures will be lower. For example, before I ovulate, my basal body temperatures are in the 97s. You need to buy a basal thermometer and you take you temp. first thing upon waking daily. For the best accuracy, you need to temp. at the same time each morning before getting up or drinking water and ideally after at least 3 hours of sleep. There is some amount of flexibility in this but I try to adhere to these rules when possible. Sperm needs slippery CM to survive. When CM resembles uncooked eggwhite, it often precedes ovulation. After ovulation, your temperatures are higher (mine are generally above 98 degrees). So after having 3 days of higher temperatures plus noticing eggwhite CM, you can pretty safely assume ovulation has occurred, and it is safe to have sex without condoms until your period. Also, CM tends to dry up after ovulation. Also, the first 5 days of your period are likely infertile (depending on when your temperature shift for ovulation occurred). There's a good book called "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" that explains FAM. You should try to borrow it from the library or purchase it if you're interested in FAM.
Last edited by livinTX; 12-29-2006 at 06:29 PM.