Fertility Awareness Methods for Family Planning

Fertility awareness-based methods are different techniques that can be used to either avoid or attempt pregnancy. They differ from other methods of family planning because one does not have to take hormonal birth control or other types of medication. Although these methods can be used to achieve pregnancy, this article will focus on the avoidance…

Withdrawal

What Is It? Withdrawal, also known as coitus interruptus and “pulling out”, is a natural method of contraception wherein the man removes his penis from his partner’s vagina before ejaculation. It is simple, relatively effective, and always an option. So why has this method not received widespread endorsement? The withdrawal method is not a widely…

Fertility Awareness

Basal Body Temperature What Is It? The Basal Body Temperature Method, also known as the “Sympto-Thermal Method” is a complicated (but natural) method of contraception that is based on both the cervical secretions and body temperature of the female. Like all other natural methods of contraception, besides withdrawal, it requires the user to abstain from…

Abstinence

Abstinence, also referred to as celibacy, is the choice to avoid participating in sexual behaviors. Since the term “sexual behavior” is defined differently by various people, societies, cultures, religions, and regions, it is difficult to draw an absolute line distinguishing which acts are considered “sexual behaviors.” For example, some people view abstinence as avoiding all…