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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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Comment from: Brownie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 02

When we were first married and before our first child's birth we used only natural family planning (NFP) to have the first; we seemed to be slow at getting pregnant. We continued NFP after to space our births and after our fourth child. We never used artificial means. Of course, since we are married now for 57 years, nature has taken care of our need for planning!

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