Birth Control - Natural Methods

Have you and your partner used any natural methods of birth control? How effective has it been?

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Natural birth control facts

  • Birth control is the use of practices, medications, or devices to prevent pregnancy.
  • Natural methods of birth control, or natural family planning, are a type of birth control that relies on observations about the woman's body and menstrual cycle.
  • Natural methods of birth control include fertility awareness methods.
  • Examples of natural methods of birth control include
    • calendar rhythm method,
    • basal body temperature method, and
    • cervical mucus examination.
  • Advantages of natural methods include
    • cost savings,
    • lack of prescriptions or health-care visits, and
    • avoidance of medications or procedures.
  • Disadvantages of natural methods are the fact that they can be difficult to use correctly and that sexual intercourse must be avoided at certain times of the month.
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