The Standard Days Method or SDM can help couples to determine their fertility schedules. The SDM can also help the man and the woman to be protected against various sex-related diseases during and after the intercourse. SDM can be used by tracking the length of the menstrual cycle and know when the days 8 and day 19—the days wherein the woman is likely fertile—should take place. Once these days have been determined, total abstinence should be practiced to ensure that no pregnancy will take place.
The CycleBeads Method. This method is closely-associated with Standard Days Method only that it uses a tool to mark fertility and menstrual dates. This tool being used in this method is called the "CycleBeads," a necklace with 32 color-coded in it. Attached is a ring made of rubber which is placed around the beads to mark the day the woman has the menstrual cycle. But this natural birth control option is not for everybody.
Only women who have regular menstrual cycles can use this method because they have longer days of infertility and fertility levels. 3. The Ovulation Method. Also called as the “cervical mucus method,” this natural birth control option is known to effective but not to all women especially those who are not confident enough to check their cervical mucus regularly.
Here, no pregnancy will take place once there is no cervical mucus present because no venue for ovulation will be available. Women can check the cervical mucus by using their fingers, wiping a tissue on the opening of the vagina to check some mucus or by wearing a liner in the underwear to check for the presence of the mucus.
If there’s a presence of sticky and stretchy mucus, it indicates that there will be ovulation in the coming days so sexual intercourse should be prohibited. Other natural birth control options available include the “Rhythm or Calendar Method,” the “Sympto-thermal Method,” and the “Basal Body Temperature Method.”
Just like in using other birth control methods, it is always best to get the opinion of medical experts to ensure the health not only of the woman but the child as well.