A natural family planning method is as effective as the contraceptive pill, German research suggests.
The symptothermal method (STM) assesses fertility levels during the monthly cycle by measuring body temperature, and observing cervical secretions.
UK experts said natural family planning was effective - provided it was taught properly and carried out correctly.
A University of Heidelberg team assessed STM in a study of 900 women.
The lowest pregnancy rate was found among women who abstained from sex during their most fertile period, as defined by STM.
Among those who used a barrier method during this time, such as a condom, the pregnancy rate rose to 0.6 pregnancies per 100 women per year.
Why do I get the feeling that this study will not be embraced by the Planned Parenthood crowd in the US? I mean how could they possibly give up their favorite stick with which to beat the Vatican? How could you possibly admit for all these years the Catholic Church had a point? Will they really have to ditch their entire back catalog of rhythm method jokes? Should they really have been handing out rhythm method pamphlets instead of condoms?
How disheartening for them.
I find it odd in this day and age of lefty embrace of "Organic" this and "All Natural" that, that there is basically no chance that the most natural family planning method out there won't be ignored in favor of some pill. Most women I've talked to about the pill (not that many I'll admit) have hated it. They have felt it messed up their bodies somehow. I suppose it is the same with most medical treatments, some tolerate it better than others. Also, of course, there are questions about the long term health effects of the pill to take into account as well.
Maybe there is another option?