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If you have unprotected sex directly before, during, or after ovulation, the egg can become fertilized by sperm to create a baby. Usually, around the same time each month, the female’s ovaries release an egg. The unfertilized egg travels through the fallopian tubes toward the uterus where it lives for up to 12 hours. If sperm does not fertilize the egg during ovulation, the woman’s body sheds it during menstruation.

 

Partners and spouses alike have been using natural family planning (NFP) for decades to help get pregnant. The methods do not involve fertility devices or medication but rely on what time during the month to have sexual intercourse based on ovulation. While most couples choose natural family planning for religious or other personal reasons, there are several things to consider during this journey. Check out these ten tips for natural family planning.

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1. Start Early

Whether you are currently married, practicing abstinence, or somewhere in between, you can start tracking your natural cycle today. After all, it will take a while for you to get the hang of the three different natural family planning methods.

It might seem pretty straightforward to figure out the schedule, but it will take a little work. Think about it: filing taxes, planning a diet, or building furniture all come with instructions, but they still take a bit of effort. Since you have a limited window of opportunity to practice the methods each month, it might take several times before you find the pattern.

When you are ready to actually put the methods to use for planning or preventing pregnancy, you can look back on a year of cycles. You might notice changes during stressful times such as sickness or demanding events, which will make you happy you started so soon. You will be that much closer to discovering a reliable flow and perfecting the methods.

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