Natural methods of contraception

Contraceptives protect against unwanted pregnancy. There are several different types of birth control. It is important to remember that only male condoms can protect against STIs.

Natural methods

Interrupted intercourse means that the penis is pulled out of the vagina before ejaculation. It is an uncertain method as it can be difficult to pull the penis out in time and there may be sperm in the urethra after a previous ejaculation.


Breastfeeding can protect against unwanted pregnancy if the baby is only breastfed (no other food is given), periods have not returned after childbirth and the child is under six months. It is an uncertain method that should be supplemented with other contraceptives, such as condoms.


Natural family planning means that by observing your own body you know which stage of the menstrual cycle you are in, and therefore when you can and can’t become pregnant. Natural family planning is used both to prevent unwanted pregnancy and for those who want to become pregnant. If you want to avoid pregnancy, have intercourse only on those days when you cannot get pregnant.


Safe periods mean you only have intercourse when you can’t get pregnant. You need to know when your ovulation is happening. You can do this by studying your menstrual cycle, measuring your basal body temperature or using a urine sample. It is an uncertain method, because ovulation can be irregular even in regular cycles. Also the safe period ends five days before ovulation in case of regular menstruation and begins a few days after ovulation.


Basal body temperature method is based on measuring your body temperature every day and studying changes in the secretion of the vagina to know when you can have intercourse without getting pregnant.


The Billings ovulation method means that you note changes in the secretion of the vagina every day. With the help of the changes, you know when you can have intercourse without getting pregnant. The method can be used whether you have regular or irregular menstrual cycles.


The Chreighton method is based on observations of cervical fluid or mucus. The notes can help you know when you can have intercourse without getting pregnant.


Natural cycles let you know when you can have intercourse without getting pregnant with the help of an app. You need to measure your basal body temperature in the morning several days a week and the app then analyzes your menstrual cycle.


Read more:

Hormonal contraception
Non-hormonal contraception
Emergency contraception

How APPOTEK can help

APPOTEK cannot help with natural contraceptive methods. You need to contact your medical care provider.


Valeria Chernikova, Neurologist, M.D.