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HEALTH TIPS: How to keep track of your safe period to avoid pregnancy

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Yusuf Boluwatife



A woman’s “safe period” refers to the period when she can have unprotected sex without using contraceptives, and not risk getting pregnant.

Though research has shown that there’s no period a woman can’t conceive, in this piece, Blackbox Nigeria highlights tips on how to calculate safe periods.

Keep Track Of Your Menstrual Cycle.

Changes in menstrual dates are caused by one event or another, contrary to the widespread belief among most women that it is natural for their cycle to vary.

This could be as a result of one’s environment, diet or body hormones. Knowing, to an extent, the exact date of your next period as a lady helps in calculating your safe period.


Learn About Ovulation

Ovulation, in simple terms, means the release of a mature egg from a woman’s ovary. When fertilized by sperm, it can form. In the absence of fertilization, it is released in form of blood to give chance for a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Understanding ovulation is important in knowing your safe period. It is advisable that you get familiar with how it works.


Do Your Counts Properly

As stated above, there’s arguably no time a woman can’t concieve. However, one of the regarded “unsafe” period of a lady is between 3 to 5 days after the end of her menstrual period.

For ease, here are the steps to do proper counts:

1. Find the shortest cycle in your past record.

2. Subtract 18 from the total number of days in that cycle.

3. Count that number from day 1 of your current cycle, and mark that day with an X.

4. The day marked X is your first fertile day.


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