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can i use calendar method immedietly?

By Anonymous November 10, 2011 - 11:00pm
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good day! ive been using dianne 35 for more than year and ive had regular cycles, of course but now i wanna use the calendar method my question is can i change my contraception method immedietly? do i have to tract how many days of my cycle or is it okay to abruptly change..i hope im clear thank you

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Hi Anonymous,

With the calendar method, you need to keep a record of the length of each menstrual cycle in order to determine when you are fertile. You can use an ordinary calendar. Circle day one of each cycle, which is the first day of your period. Count the total number of days in each cycle. Include the first day when you count. Do this for at least eight cycles before actually stopping your birth control. If you do not want to take the pills anymore that's fine but you should be using a condom for the time being--until you are able to establish a pattern in your cycle.

Wishing you the best,


November 11, 2011 - 5:46am
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Anonymous (reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

thank you for replying i have a follow up questions
1. so with-in this 8 cycles should i need to use condom even on the days of my safe days?
2. on the days of my not safe days lets say i wil have intercourse of 3 times a day should we use condom also for 3 times each intercourse?

thank you and sorry for being too blunt..

November 11, 2011 - 6:00am
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Hi Anonymous,

Yes, you would need to use a condom or some sort of birth control during those 8 cycles because if you are going to use the calendar method it is important that the pattern of your menstrual cycle is established. If you have irregular periods for these next 8 months, then the calendar method is not for you. Once you have established that you definitely have a 28 day cycle, for example, then you can determine that you would be ovulating on around days 12-16 and those are the days that you will want to either abstain from sex or use a condom in order to avoid pregnancy. However, you must first log AT LEAST 8 months of your menstrual cycle. 

November 12, 2011 - 11:09am
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