There are numerous reasons why couples choose to postpone having a baby. For many, financial stability is one of the top reasons. Whatever the case, people have resorted to different modes of family planning.
One of these methods which has been scientifically proven to be highly effective but is not widely known and understood, especially in the Philippines, is the Billings Ovulation Method (BOM), which involves planning to conceive and not just postpone pregnancy.
This article hopes to shed some light on what the Billings Ovulation Method is, and its benefits as shared by parents who actually use it, and, in some cases, teach others how to use it, too.
What Is The Billings Ovulation Method? The BOM was developed by Dr. John Billings and Fr. Maurice Catarinich. Both were later joined by Dr. Evelyn Billings. Dr. John and Evelyn eventually became the main proponents of the method.
If properly practiced, the BOM is 98-99% effective when used to avoid pregnancy. It is not the same as the Rhythm Method which is not recommended because women differ in their cycles. The BOM is an individualized method based on the woman's self-observation of her cervical mucus pattern.
Basically, the BOM teaches women to recognize when she is fertile and infertile by helping her learn to identify “sensations of wetness” i.e. the presence or absence of mucus at the vulva.
Due to the extensive scientific research and effectiveness trials done on the Method, it is now taught in most countries of the world, regardless of people’s religion, race, economic status, culture and educational achievement.
In fact, even people who are illiterate can be taught the BOM since users only need to use colored symbols or stamps to keep a record of their fertility patterns. In most cases, only a pen and paper are needed, or charts using symbols.