Safe periods refer to the times when it is safe for a woman to engage in sexual intercourse without the use of any contraceptive which would not result in pregnancy. For many young people, sex is a temptation that cannot be resisted, out of curiosity, they dabble into it with little or no knowledge of the consequences.

Unluckily for many their first trial result in pregnancy and the next thing you know they are going for abortion, pills and seeking ways of terminating such unwanted pregnancies. Many have died in the process and many more have had their wombs destroyed by quacks. It is therefore better to prevent such happenings that would take lives of our younger ones.

It is therefore absolutely necessary that every woman (young) is educated about safe periods. Not just young women but older women who are not comfortable with the artificial contraceptive methods. Also those who have serious side effect from using oral contraceptive and those whose religious belief do not allow its use will welcome this  method of preventing contraception.

All it requires is co-operation from the partners (the mates/spouse) as it involves periodic abstinence from sex at some time of the month if the couple so wishes on the other hand when the couple cannot safely have sex, condom must be used, if the couple want to have sex otherwise pregnancy will occur.

This method is only safe for those who observe a regular twenty eight day cycle and those who can’t tell the days they ovulate.

This is how the method works. In a woman with a normal menstrual cycle, ovulation will occur approximately 14 days before the next menstrual period. It could a day or two earlier or later but it is always within the period.

Some women feel pain either on the left side of the lower abdomen about this time, and many doctors have mistaken this pain in the past for appendicitis.

This pain disappears after a few hours or last about three days in some people. It is nothing to worry about, just a sign that ovulation is taking place or is about to take place.

And so for the woman, the ovum released at such time can only survive for two days (48 hours) unless it is fertilized by a sperm. If intercourse does not take place in those two days or if an external means of conception is used (i.e condom) the woman will not be pregnant. It takes at most four days for the male sperm to die after intercourse and so long as ovulation does not occur at such time, nothing happens. This is to say that sperm must not be found in the woman’s productive organs four days before ovulation and at least three days after, unless she desires to get pregnant.

To work it out in the context of a full 28 days menstrual cycle, the woman involved must calculate her dates from the first day of the last menses. This means that from the tenth day which would be the beginning of the four days to the ovulation and the eighteenth day which would be the beginning of the four days after ovulation are unsafe for sexual intercourse.

The other days are safe periods using days, this is what we would arrive at least assume the first of your next menses will be on the 20th of this month A, that means your safe days are from the 20th to 30th of next month B including the days of menses then your unsafe periods are from the 30th to 7th of next month C and 10th of next month C. This is basically how to calculate the unsafe periods.

Safe periods are not effective for everywoman unless the woman read her body signs and know when she ovulates, other than those only a woman with a regular twenty eight periods can use it effectively.

Note: – with these body signs (which are actually virginal discharges).  A woman who ovulates but has irregular menses or does not menstruate at all can tell when she is most likely to get pregnant that is her fertility days.

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