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Fertility Awareness Method


What Is It?

A variety of methods to help detect when to avoid sex during the fertile days of a woman’s cycle


How Does It Work?

Users abstain from sex on fertile days to prevent egg and sperm from meeting


How Is It Used?

Meet with a qualified family planning clinician for specific details on the following: Observing and charting daily signs of fertility or ovulation (release of egg)

Basal Body Temperature Method:

  • Temperature taken and charted each day
  • Cervical Mucus Method: Mucus is checked for signs of ovulation
  • Sympto-Thermal Method: Combines both methods above, with checking position of cervix

Effectiveness:

85%


Benefits:

  • No health risks or side effects
  • Can be used to determine fertile days if pregnancy is wanted
  • Responsibility is shared by couple

Possible Concerns:

  • Abstinence is required on fertile days
  • Fertility may be difficult for some women to identify
  • Records of signs have to be kept

DOES NOT REDUCE THE RISK OF HIV/AIDS OR STDs





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