How to Avoid Pregnancy Using Mira Fertility Plus
No matter if you’re TTC or trying to avoid pregnancy, timing is everything. Your body is constantly providing clues on where you are in your cycle, how fertile you are, and when you should or shouldn’t have sex.
For people looking to avoid getting pregnant at all costs, tracking your body and its signs is crucially important. While abstinence is the only surefire way to avoid pregnancy, there are other options, like using a fertility tracking system, that allow you to have intercourse with little chance of conception.
Fertility tracking systems, like Mira Fertility Plus, build on natural family planning methods and hormone measurements to help you track your ovulation and make informed decisions about intimacy. Achieving your fertility goals is about more than just getting pregnant, and Mira takes the guesswork out of fertility so you can fully understand your fertile window and ovulation cycles. Armed with this information you can safely learn the nuances of your cycle and how to have sex without getting pregnant.
Remember to use multiple methods when trying to avoid pregnancy
It’s important to note that abstinence is the only true method of avoiding pregnancy, though it’s not always realistic or practical. It’s important to explore your contraceptive options, such as barrier methods or hormonal birth control, and make sure you are using them correctly when it comes to how to have sex without getting pregnant.
To improve your chances of avoidance, consider using multiple methods. It is entirely possible to avoid (or plan) conception on your own, but using more than 1 method will help ensure accuracy and improve your chances of success.
Can you have unprotected sex and avoid pregnancy naturally?
There is a relatively short window during a woman’s menstrual cycle that is ideal for conceiving. This means that whether a woman is on birth control or not, the odds are in your favor if you’re looking to avoid pregnancy.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, a healthy young woman having frequent sex only has a 20% chance of pregnancy each month assuming frequent intercourse. And while no day is completely safe when it comes to NOT getting pregnant, tracking your cycle and knowing your fertile signs can help you make decisions to make your chances extremely low.
What is a fertile window?
Even though ovulation is a short moment during each menstrual cycle (approximately 24-36 hours after LH surge), your fertile window is typically much longer. This window refers to the days leading up to ovulation as well as the day after ovulation.
While your eggs only live up to 24 hours after they are released from the ovary, sperm can live much longer. In fact, sperm can live up to five days in a woman’s cervical mucus which is why your fertile window includes the days leading up to ovulation as well as ovulation itself. The four to five days leading up to ovulation, as well as the 24 hours after it, are when having sex may result in pregnancy. The day leading to ovulation and the day of ovulation are peak fertility days.
Avoid sex on your most fertile days
In order to effectively postpone pregnancy naturally, a woman must be able to detect the beginning and end of her fertile window. Avoiding sex on the days you are most fertile, or during your fertile window, is key to preventing or postponing pregnancy. Even though you are not equally likely to conceive on every day of your fertile window, your chance of conception is still high. If you are trying to avoid pregnancy you will need to avoid sex during this time as it is when your fertility is at its peak.
Use natural contraception – FAM methods
Another way to avoid pregnancy naturally while having unprotected sex is to use natural contraception or fertility awareness methods (FAMs). FAMs involve learning your cycle and paying attention to the common signs and symptoms of fertility. Through detailed tracking you get to know your body’s signs and symptoms to predict when you are most fertile as well as the best time to have sex and not get pregnant.
FAMs require consistent and diligent tracking and are most successful when you avoid intercourse when you are fertile. It’s important to note that although FAMs can assist you in preventing pregnancy, they offer no protection against STIs and like all things they work better for some women than for others.
How to avoid pregnancy with the help of natural contraception
If you want to avoid pregnancy without using medications or physical devices, there are natural methods of contraception you can try. These methods are usually based on reading the signs and symptoms of a woman’s body to estimate her fertile window and avoid sex during that time.
Basal Body Temperature Method
With this method of natural contraception you measure your body’s resting temperature, or basal body temperature (BBT), every morning before getting out of bed. Based on temperature readings (there is a slight rise in BBT after ovulation), women can predict when they are most fertile. This method relies on accuracy, consistency, and timing and you’ll need a special thermometer. Consistency in taking your BBT requires at least 3 cycles to track your basal body temperature in order to learn your body’s temperature.
Cervical Mucus Method
This method involves monitoring changes in cervical mucus to predict fertile days. Normal cervical mucus is thick, creamy and off-white or yellowish in color. However, during ovulation, it becomes stretchy, clear, and slippery like an egg white. By monitoring the change in consistency, you begin to understand the patterns of your cervical mucus throughout your cycle and predict your fertile days based on this information.
Like BBT, the cervical mucus method of natural contraception requires consistency and time. You’ll need to check your cervix every day and it may take several cycles while you get to know your body’s natural rhythm and discharge characteristics.
Following a basic formula, the Calendar or Calculator Method of natural contraception uses a calendar or cycle calculator to determine your fertile days. By calculating your typical cycle length and tracking the first day of your last period, it is a quick and easy way to determine when you are most fertile.
However, this method has its challenges as it’s based on standard cycle lengths that may not accurately reflect your own (or irregular) cycle. It has a large margin for error and may not be the most reliable method if you are actively trying to avoid pregnancy.
The Standard Days Method
Another calendar-based natural contraception is the Standard Days Method. Stricter than the Calendar/Calculator method, this process uses a fixed window in a woman’s menstrual cycle to determine which days are safe for unprotected sex.
In this method, days 8 through 19 (for cycles 26-32 days in length) are used as the fixed window to avoid sex if you do not want to get pregnant. The wide window accounts for variations in ovulation between women and between cycles. There is no real tracking required with this method but, as you can imagine, it is not the most reliable method of contraception especially for those with abnormal cycles, underlying hormonal conditions, or women who are breastfeeding.
How can Mira Fertility Plus help you to avoid pregnancy?
Preventing pregnancy without the use of medications or physical devices is based on awareness and observations about a woman’s body and menstrual cycle. Fertility awareness can help you prevent pregnancy by tracking when you are ovulating and avoiding sex on those days. Although other methods rely on signs and symptoms, tracking ovulation through hormone testing is the most scientifically trusted way to detect a fertile window.
Tracks your fertile window up to 6 Days
Mira’s digital fertility analyzer measures the numeric levels of fertility hormones with a urine test. By measuring both Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Estrogen, you gain a detailed overview of your entire cycle, including your fertile days. Mira tracks and analyzes your data to learn about your cycle and show your fertile window up to 6 days allowing you to make the best decisions regarding intercourse.
Shows your numeric hormone levels
Unlike other methods or tests, Mira reveals actual numeric hormone scores. Taking the guesswork out of fertility, numeric hormone levels allow you to compare readings and access your information within the App. You will receive personalized fertility insights based on your unique hormone data and also learn your changing hormone patterns. This information helps you make informed decisions and pinpoint your full fertile window.
Provides lab accurate results
Using the power of high-precision fluorescent-based testing, the Mira fertility system provides lab-accurate results. Through clinical studies and academic research, Mira’s performance has been compared to leading laboratory-grade readers and is the first numeric estrogen and luteinizing hormone test approved by the FDA. Exact hormone concentrations help you precisely determine your fertile window and when you can safely have sex to either avoid, or plan a pregnancy.
Mira takes the guesswork out of fertility tracking by analyzing your hormones to predict your fertile days. By consistently tracking your cycle with a digital fertility analyzer like Mira, you’re able to make informed decisions through every stage of your cycle.
✔️ Medically Reviewed by Banafsheh Kashani, MD, FACOG
Banafsheh Kashani, M.D., FACOG is a board-certified OB/GYN and specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Eden Fertility Centers, and has been treatingcouples and individuals with infertility since 2014.
Dr. Kashani has conducted extensive research in female reproduction, with a specific focus on the endometrium and implantation.
Additionally, Dr. Kashani has authored papers in the areas of fertility preservation, and fertility in women with PCOS and Turners syndrome. She also was part of a large SART-CORS study evaluating the trend in frozen embryo transfers and success rates.