What should I know about the mucus method and the counting days method?To use either of these methods, you must understand when you are fertile during your monthly cycle. This is sometimes called ‘fertility awareness’. Then, to avoid pregnancy, you and your partner must not have sex, or must use a barrier method of family planning, during your fertile days.
Because there are no costs or side effects, these methods can be used by women who cannot or do not want to use other methods, or when other methods are not available.
To practice fertility awareness more effectively, both you and your partner should visit a specially trained health worker to learn about your bodies and about fertility. It usually takes about 3 to 6 months of practice to learn how to use these methods.
This means: All these methods require the man’s cooperation or they will not be effective.