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How To Use Billing Ovulation Method To Get Pregnant?

How To Use Billing Ovulation Method To Get Pregnant?

If you’re like most women in Australia, you want to maximize your chances of getting pregnant whenever you are ready to get kids. One of the techniques you can use to attain this goal is the Billings ovulation method.

The Billings ovulation method is a natural family planning technique that uses cervical mucus assessment and awareness to show fertility patterns. This is also known as the cervical mucus method, ovulation method, or the Billings method. The technique was created by Dr John and Evelyn Billings during the 1950s in Melbourne, Australia, and can be used to achieve and prevent pregnancy.

Whether this method is a reliable birth control measure or not, its ability to identify fertility patterns is unquestionable. So, if you are trying to get pregnant, you should consider this method to increase your chances of conceiving.

How does Billings ovulation cervical mucus work?
How does Billings ovulation cervical mucus work?

How does the Billings ovulation method work?

A woman’s cervix is designed to produce cervical mucus, but the consistency and amount of mucus change in a predictable pattern throughout the menstrual cycle. When you pay attention to the mucus that’s produced, the timing, and the texture, you can quickly determine the fertile window and the days you are least fertile.

Although the cervix creates mucus, you can feel it in the vulva area too. Women can note their wet and dry sensations on the vulva throughout the menstrual cycle and record what they feel each day through the Billings method. Sometimes the discharge can also be noticed in the undergarments.

How do I track cervical mucus for fertility?

Generally, cervical mucus is rather sticky and dry throughout most women’s menstrual cycles. This production timing is what is known as the basic infertile pattern (BIP) in the Billings method. As the ovulation day draws nearer, the BIP ends, allowing the cervix to start producing what is known as the fertile cervical mucus.

Since the cervical mucus is under the influence of the estrogen hormone, it becomes abundant elastic and slippery. Ovulation usually occurs on the final day when the cervical mucus has these features, and it is what is known as the peak day in the Billings method. After you ovulate, the progesterone hormone will cause the cervical mucus to change and become sticker, opaque, and thicker

You track these cervical mucus occurrences over time, pinpoint your ovulation day, and then schedule your sexual activities accordingly to increase your chances of getting pregnant. You can also use the same technique to avoid pregnancy. Therefore, every time you feel like the wetness around your vulva increases and you start to see more cervical mucus on your undergarment, you should know you are fertile. This is the best time to have sex if you intend to get pregnant.

Using the Billings Method for Getting Pregnant
Using the Billings Method for Getting Pregnant

What are the Billings Ovulation Method rules?

If you intend to use the Billings method to increase your chances of conceiving, you will need to understand the four basic rules of this technique. After all, the Billings method requires you to pay attention to your body’s secretion timings, and these four rules will guide you through the process to ensure you are efficient. The first three rules are for the early days of your menstrual cycle, while the last one is for the ovulation day or the peak.

  1. Avoid having sex during the days when you are menstruating heavily. Depending on your menstrual cycle, you might be fertile while you are menstruating, although the bleeding masks the cervical mucus that would help you know if you are fertile or not.
  2. Engage in sexual activities on alternating days during the BIP. Since the seminal fluid released during sex can easily mask the cervical mucus changes, you should wait a day between the sexual activities to see the changes quickly.
  3. When you notice a change in your mucus during the BIP. You will need to wait for about a day before you have sex again. These changes usually indicate possible fertility, so waiting for a day will help you determine whether you are at the peak day or not.
  4. Immediately, you are at your peak and about to ovulate, which means you are most fertile. Having sex on that day and the next three will increase your chances of conceiving. If you’re trying to prevent pregnancy, you should wait for four days after the ovulation day to engage in sexual activities.

Who should use the Billings Method?

Unlike other family planning methods, the billing method primarily relies on tracking a person’s cervical mucus production. Therefore, even the women who have irregular cycles and those who are breastfeeding can rely on this technique to increase the chances of conception or prevent pregnancy.

Most people who have used this Billings method agree that it is inexpensive, so even those who do not have access to the traditional conceptions can choose to use it. You can take a class or educate yourself using books covering the subject to understand more about this method. You may also buy stamps and charts specifically designed to help you track cervical mucus changes. Alternatively, you can use a regular calendar and track the changes using your own symbols and notes.

It’s crucial to remember that the Billings method cannot be used by women who are taking hormonal birth control because those medications alter the hormone production, which affects the presence of cervical mucus. So if you are taking birth control, the Billings method will be unreliable.

What is the advantages of ovulation method?
What are the advantages of the ovulation method?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Billings Ovulation Method?

When you opt to use the Billings method to determine your fertile window, you won’t have to wake up early in the morning to take your temperatures. This means that this method is easier for users who don’t want to wake up at a specific time every morning to track their basal body temperature and record the readings on a chart. Besides, the Billings method does not require women to check their cervical mucus internally, which can be hard or a turn-off for some women.

On the other hand, some women do not experience noticeable vulva wetness changes as the ovulation day approaches. This is particularly true for women in their late 30s and 40s. These women get fertile cervical mucus that’s of a lesser quality than the younger women, so it might be necessary to check the mucus changes internally to get accurate results.

Another noticeable disadvantage of the Billings method is that it cannot confirm concretely if ovulation is taking place. While the cervical mucus increase will signify that ovulation day is approaching,  it won’t be easy to know if ovulation will happen.

When you use the basal body temperature chart, you will not face this problem because the temperature rise will inform you that ovulation has taken place. You can use both the cervical mucus and basal body temperature charting methods to identify the ovulation days for more reassurance.

Conclusion

While the journey to pregnancy may have its own set of challenges, having a reasonable plan in place to help you track your fertile days can be helpful. Remember that each method you use has its benefits and drawbacks and what will work better for you might not work well for others. For this reason, you should work with your partner or doctor to identify the best ovulation tracking technique for you.