- The Billings Ovulation Method (BOM) is a means of natural
fertility regulation that does not require any form of rhythm
counting, temperature taking, drugs or devices.
- The BOM enables couples to share the responsibility for
planning their family, thereby enhancing their relationship.
- The BOM relieves concern about the effects of chemical
contraceptives on health.
- The BOM is applicable from puberty to menopause, in times
of breastfeeding, post hormonal medication and approaching
menopause. It can be used to achieve or avoid pregnancy.
Cycles do not have to be regular.
- The BOM has great success in helping couples achieve a
pregnancy where their fertility may have been in doubt.
- The BOM is based on the symptoms of fertility and infertility.
Mucus, which is produced at the cervix, is felt by a woman
at the vulva as she goes about her daily activities. A woman
never needs to touch the mucus with her fingers and internal
investigation is never required.
- Every woman has a right to knowledge and understanding
of her fertility and reproductive health.
There are four simple rules of the Billings Ovulation Method
which are applied whether the couple wishes to achieve or
Three rules (the Early Day Rules) apply to the time up to
ovulation, when the peak day of fertility is identified. The
fourth rule (the Peak Rule) applies once the Peak Day has
The use of the Billings Ovulation Method is not compatible
with barrier or hormonal forms of contraception, either during
the learning period or for family planning purposes.
Hormonal medication such as that contained in the Pill and
fertility control implants regulate the hormone levels and
interfere with the functioning of the cervix, thus distorting
the natural symptoms of fertility. It may take some time after
ceasing this type of medication for the natural symptoms of
fertility to recover.