STATEMENT TO THE UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN - CSW54, March 1 - 12, 2010
Change of address for Australian headquarters - Billings LIFE: Leaders in Fertility Education,
4B/303 Burwood Hwy, East Burwood 3151, Australia
Headquarters of: The Ovulation Method Research and Reference Centre of Australia Ltd and WOOMB International Ltd
Telephone :- + 613 9802 2022 Fax number is +613 9887 8572
What is the Billings Ovulation Method?
The Billings Method is the most modern natural way to achieve or avoid becoming pregnant. It was first called the Ovulation Method because ovulation is the important event in the cycle but in 1978 the World Health Organisation added the name of the two doctors, Drs. John and Evelyn Billings, husband and wife team who developed the Ovulation Method, to distinguish it from other methods.
Clinical trials demonstrate how effective it is when four commonsense guidelines are applied. It can be used by a woman in all stages of her reproductive life: regular, irregular cycling, breastfeeding, approaching menopause, recovering from emotional and physical stress or coming off contraceptive medication. Trials
It teaches women to recognise their own individual pattern of fertility and infertility and to understand that they are infertile more often than fertile throughout their reproductive years. They know ahead of time when intimate sexual contact may or may not lead to pregnancy.
They learn to recognise the fertile phase in their menstrual cycles, when conception may occur. Fertility is signalled by the development of a particular type of mucus from the crypts of the cervix. Sperm live in the best type of mucus but without it they die within an hour or so. The mucus symptom, telling the woman she has begun her fertile phase, develops a few days prior to ovulation. The Peak day (the last day of the lubricative sensation) occurs very close to the time of ovulation. She is possibly fertile for a further three days and menstruation follows 11 - 16 days later.
Women are not asked to do anything except pay attention to what they have already noticed very often just as they go about their normal activies; keep a simple record and apply the guidelines. The daily chart is very important in reminding them to pay attention to the changes in sensation at the vulva and the appearance of any discharge seen. It also gives valuable information to the couple so that they can make decisions about their joint fertility.
To ensure that the authentic Billings Ovulation Method is learned it is important to find an accredited
instructor near you. Internet instruction is available on the WOOMB website.