Definition - What does Billings Method mean?
The Billings Method is a technique that women can use to recognize and understand signs of their fertility, either for the purposes of becoming pregnant or for birth control. It involves a woman monitoring her cervical mucus secretions during her menstrual cycle and noting the characteristics at various times. The changes noted can help predict when ovulation will occur and help determine the brief window of time a woman is most likely to conceive.
The Billings Method may also be known as the Billings Ovulation Method.
FertilitySmarts explains Billings Method
The method involves making detailed notes on cervical mucus secretions for several menstrual cycles to determine a fertile window. Sexual intercourse during these days maximizes the chances of conception. An egg can only survive for 12-24 hours after ovulation, and sperm cells can last from 1-5 days, so fertile-quality cervical mucus is vital to help healthy sperm cells survive and travel to the egg for fertilization. The Billings Method attempts to determine when this fertile window will occur.
The Billings Method is not the easiest method to master – it involves continuous, meticulous, daily monitoring. Women who use this method also need to understand how their cervical mucus secretions change throughout their menstrual cycle. In addition, they must be adept at recording cervical mucus secretions in a chart form and interpreting these results accurately. Multiple information sessions are usually necessary to teach women how to recognize changes in secretion patterns. It can be used in conjunction with other methods of fertility tracking, such as basal body temperature (BBT) monitoring.