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…

Calendar Method

What Is It? The Calendar Rhythm Method is a natural form of contraception based on abstaining from sex (or using condoms) during the time that a female is likely to be fertile. The calendar method helps you estimate the time of ovulation (the release of the egg from the ovary) after you have charted the…

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…