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.
Basal Body Temperature
There are changes in a woman’s body which can help determine the fertility and infertility periods. A method which can determine if a woman is fertile is by measuring her basal body temperature. The basal body temperature is baseline temperature of your body. During the ovulation period, the temperature rises slightly by 1/3 to 1/2 degrees. This is considered as the woman’s infertile days, thus, it is safe to engage in sexual intercourse. On the other hand, if the woman’s basal body temperature falls and rises up to a full degree, it is considered as her fertile days. It is not safe to engage in sexual intercourse. But in order to achieve the accurate results, a woman must take her temperature before getting up in the morning, apart from performing any activities.
Cervical Mucus Test
The use of cervical mucus can also determine your fertility period. A woman can observe her underwear for traces of mucus, or she can get a sample of mucus from the opening of the cervix. If a woman is infertile, the cervical mucus is thick in consistency and does not stretch when it is pulled between the fingers. Alternatively, if a woman is fertile, the consistency is thin, watery and clear. It stretches one inch when pulled between the fingers. Usually after every menstrual period, woman experiences dryness for several days, then it becomes low and cloudy. But during the ovulation phase, it becomes slippery and transparent.
Cervical Position Test
Another method to determine your fertility period is by checking your cervical position. You can choose any position as long as it’s comfortable for you. Some women prefer the sitting position while others choose to squat or pull one leg up after the other. You may use your non-dominant hand to spread the vaginal lips and insert your other hand to the position of the cervix. It is somewhat round, cylindrical in shape. If it’s far back, then you’re infertile, but if it’s in a low position, then you are fertile.