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Which one is a natural method of family planning
1. BBT
2. Tracing changes in cervical mucous
3.  BBT and Tracing changes in cervical mucous
4.  None of these

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Correct Answer - Option 3 :  BBT and Tracing changes in cervical mucous

Explanation:

  • Natural family planning method: It is a method of contraception used by the females in which she monitors and records all the changes in her menstrual cycle that are indications of her being pregnant
  • Measuring BBT and changes in cervical mucous are effective ways of natural family planning

Basal Body Temperature:

  • The temperature of the body when it is at complete rest is called the Basal Body temperature
  • The BBT varies in response to the ovulation in females, it falls down just before the release of egg and ranges between 97°F (36.1°C) and 97.5°F (36.4°C)
  • It starts to rise again after 24 hours of the ovulation and ranges between 97.6°F (36.4°C) to 98.6°F (37°C).
  • In this method, the females measure her BBT every morning before leaving the bed 
  • Measure the temperature 3 days in a row when your temperature is higher than all of the previous 6 days. It is likely that the female is not fertile in this period 

Cervical Mucous: 

  • It is a vaginal discharge secreted by cervical and endocervical glands.
  • The texture of cervical mucous changes throughout the menstrual cycle. 
  • It can be checked by placing the finger gently into the vagina for the initial days the vagina feels dry but as your hormone levels rise to prepare your body for ovulation the vagina becomes sticky due to mucus.
  • This is the start of the fertile period 

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