Before Becoming Pregnant

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Injectable Contraceptives

Injectable Contraceptives

 Injectable contraceptives contain synthetic hormones and are given via deep intramuscular injection.  It is usually given every 3 months.  They mimic the functions and actions of the main hormones responsible for ovulation.  It is a very effective form of reversible contraceptive method.  Two types of injectable contraceptives are available: the progestin-only and the combination of progestin and estrogen.  The more popular one is the progestin-only.  It is available in many brand names, but the Depo-Provera is the most popularly known and used. Read More

Prenatal Nutrition

Prenatal Nutrition

 Good nutrition is important for all of us.  It becomes crucial when you start eating for two.  There are specific guidelines regarding diet during pregnancy.  There are certain recommendations in the amount of nutrient intake especially those that are essential for your baby’s growth and development.  These guidelines are adjusted accordingly when you are carrying more than one baby, when you are over or under weight, when you have difficulty in eating or when you have allergies.  Normally, your OB would tell you whether you need to consult to a nutritionist or not. Read More

Fertility Drugs


 Infertility is a reproductive problem encountered by some couples nowadays.  Many infertile couples eventually experience insecurities and incompetence especially those who are wishing to be parents.  In the advent of modern science, many treatments were established to enhance the probability of pregnancy in most infertile couples.  One of which is the use of fertility drugs. Read More

Natural Fertility Signs


During the period of adolescence and early adulthood, many teenagers and young adults become curious of their sexuality and sexual preferences.  They tend to experiment and engage in sexual activities, but oftentimes, curiosity can lead to accidents.  By accidents, I mean unwanted pregnancies or catching STDs.  Perhaps as early as the school age years, children are exposed to issues on sex and protection against STDs or unwanted pregnancies.

As the girl reaches puberty, her body undergoes tremendous changes, both physical and emotional changes.  Hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, increase in production, and they are the ones responsible for the changes in the woman’s body. Read More

Basal Body Temperature Method


 The Basal Body Temperature Method is also called BBT or the Symptho-Thermal Method.  It requires careful and accurate measurement of daily morning temperature and precise recording of these temperatures.  There are hormonal physiologic basis for this method.  Before ovulation, a woman’s temperature is low because the Estrogen level in the body is higher than Progesterone.  During ovulation, Progesterone levels exceed Estrogen levels which cause a spike in temperature.  This happens usually for 3 days.  After the temperature spike, you return to your normal low temperature, and Ovulation already took place.  This is not a very popular natural family planning method mainly because it is difficult for some to give the commitment and responsibility it requires.  But this method, for those who are able to do it correctly, has a very high success rate.


Measure and Record


To use this method, you are required to take your temperature as soon as you wake up, and as soon as you wake up means before doing anything at all.  You should not go out of bed, eat, drink, have sex or smoke before taking your temperature.  For your record to be accurate, temperature should be taken at the same time everyday.  Using an alarm clock is a smart idea.  Also, using the same thermometer is a must.  There are special types of thermometer especially made for BBT purposes available at your local pharmacy.  These thermometers are more accurate in detecting even 0.1 F fluctuations in your core temperature.  Lack of sleep affects your core temperature.  It is ideal that you have at least 4-6 hours of sleep the night before you take your temperature.  Where you document your temperature readings is up to you, but there are lots of BBT monitoring sheets downloadable from the internet.

Note That Fluctuation


During ovulation, your temperature increases about 1-2 F and is sustained for around 3 days.  These are the days when you are likely to have your ovulation.  If you are trying to get pregnant, it is best to have sex at least 2 days before and during this 3 day spike.  If you are avoiding pregnancy, it is best to abstain completely from sex during these days.  The reason why some couples use this method is because they have shorter abstinence period.  With the correct implementation, BBT is a very effective and safe family planning method.