The Billings Ovulation Method
on Jul 17, 2013
by Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Some couples use the Billings method to achieve pregnancy, and some couples use the Billings method to prevent pregnancy.
The Billings ovulation method, developed by Dr. John and Evelyn Billings of Melbourne, Australia, in the 1950′s. It is a method of natural family planning. Some couples use the Billings method to achieve pregnancy, and some couples use the Billings method to prevent pregnancy. The Billings method uses natural techniques, and no drugs or other outside devices, and is pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The Billings method uses natural family planning methods to teach women to note what is going on with their bodies, so they will know when they are fertile and when they are not. The most important part of the Billings method is teaching women to note the changes in their cervical mucus, most namely paying attention to “fertile cervical mucus“. As a woman gets closer to ovulation, her cervical mucus will become more abundant, slippery, and wet. It will resemble egg whites. With the Billings method, women are supposed to take note of their cervical mucus, as well as any discharge on their underwear, and dry or wet sensations of the vulva. When the cervical mucus resembles egg whites and there is a lot of cervical mucus, that is usually when a woman is most fertile.
There are several different benefits of the Billings method that make many women choose it. First of all, the Billings method is free. There is nothing to buy, nothing to remember. It’s hard for women to remember to take their basal body temperature every single morning, and it can get expensive to buy strips for over the counter prediction kits as well. There are tons of free resources online to help you learn how to get the most out of the Billings method. The Billings method is also very versatile. Women can use it to help them prevent pregnancy or to help them get pregnant. You can also use the Billings methods while you are breastfeeding, which makes it a great choice for new moms.
However, the Billings method does have some drawbacks. Not every single woman will be able to tell when the changes in the wetness or dryness of her vulva. There is also no real technical way to tell for sure that ovulation is occurring. Everything with the Billings method is somewhat of a guess. If women want to know for sure when their ovulation is occurring, they usually use either basal body temperature charting or another method to know for sure. It is also sometimes a little bit difficult for a woman to get the hang of the Billings method, and of course, it does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).