Is it safe to have intercourse during the menstrual cycle or can one actually become pregnant?
We do know of rare cases in which people have become pregnant because of intercourse during their menstrual cycle. It usually occurs because of a very short cycle. We suggest you consult your physician with questions specific to your cycle. Toni Weschler, author of Taking Charge of Your Fertility, also does phone support. Her number is on our website, under resources.
I just stopped taking the pill, after taking it for many years. Do I have to wait a long time for it to clear out of my system before trying to get pregnant?
You can certainly start observing your fertility signs right away. Physicians do recommend waiting 3 months before starting to try to get pregnant. I would recommend you consult with your physician about when to start trying to conceive.
What can influence BBT?
Stress, a bad night's sleep, taking it at varied times, activity before taking it.
Do women always ovulate on Day 14 of their cycle?
No. Every woman's cycle is different. Although people speak of the "typical" 28 day cycle, few women actually experience this.
How many days can sperm survive?
Up to 72 hours.
How long can a human egg survive?
Up to 24 hours.
My fertile mucous appears and disappears before my temperature rises. Is this okay?
Yes. Your temperature rises after you ovulate.
What is the difference between fertility awareness method, natural family planning, the rhythm method, and the Billings Ovulation Method?
The rhythm method is based on a mathematical formula based on previous cycles to predict future fertile times. It is outdated, and has a high failure rate.
With the Billings Ovulation Method, women observe cervical fluid only.
Natural family planning (NFP) and the fertility awareness method (FAM) both observe BBT and cervical fluid. With FAM, couples will use a barrier during fertile tiles if they are trying to avoid pregnancy. With NFP, couples will abstain during fertile times to avoid pregnancy.