During the last ten years of teaching fertility awareness, it has come to light that the interval between puberty and adulthood has not been adequately addressed.
Young boys have a completely developed sexual drive at age 17, and girls somewhat later. If they wish to live in a civilized society, they have to control that urge for up to 10 years or more until they find a committed life-long partner. This chaste living calls for sexual self-control and self-mastery.
With the onset of puberty and the awakening of hormonal action in the girl’s body, she will notice other changes taking place, such as her breasts getting larger and her hips getting wider. The growth of pubic and auxiliary hair, a boost to her IQ, and an interest in the opposite sex are also normal. This calls for the practice of the virtue of chastity, which is sometimes called purity and is basically self-control. It is not easy to develop, requiring much discipline, effort, and grace, with the help of modesty of dress.
The careful tracking and observation of the different phases of the normal cycle equips the young girl with an increasing familiarity and awareness of the normal menstrual cycle, and very likely will lead her to using natural family planning (fertility awareness) in her future marriage. After marriage, she will likely start using charts and stamps for more accurate tracking with her husband to space their family in a healthful, effective, and natural way.
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