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Family planning, also known as natural family planning, the rhythm method or fertility-based birth control, is a type of birth control that relies on planned intercourse or sexual activity during the month based on a woman’s ovulation cycle.

This method monitors a woman’s monthly ovulation cycle. During “fertile” periods, partners abstain from having sex or use a backup birth control method to avoid pregnancy.

Types of Natural Family Planning

There are several ways to monitor your monthly ovulation cycle. We’ll talk with you about your best options based on your lifestyle and teach you how to perform the method. To prevent pregnancy, it’s important that you learn your chosen method well and follow it closely.

Types include:

  • Basal body temperature method
  • Ovulation/cervical mucus method
  • Symptothermal method
  • Calendar method
  • Lactational amenorrhea (breast milk production causes you to stop your period)

Natural family planning isn’t a good option if you:

  • Should not become pregnant for medical reasons
  • Have irregular cycles
  • Can’t tell when you are ovulating
  • Have abnormal bleeding, vaginitis or cervicitis, because these conditions make the cervical mucus method unreliable
  • Take medications that may change your vaginal secretions
  • Have health problems unrelated to fertility that may cause changes in your body temperature
  • Disadvantages: pregnancy is a known risk. This method is not as effective as other options; one out of four women who use this method becomes pregnant.
  • Advantages: this is a nice option for women who don’t want to take, or cannot use, hormones.
  • What is natural family planning?
  • What are the pros and cons?
  • How is it performed?
  • Is one type better than another?
Understanding Risks

Natural family planning isn’t a good option if you:

  • Should not become pregnant for medical reasons
  • Have irregular cycles
  • Can’t tell when you are ovulating
  • Have abnormal bleeding, vaginitis or cervicitis, because these conditions make the cervical mucus method unreliable
  • Take medications that may change your vaginal secretions
  • Have health problems unrelated to fertility that may cause changes in your body temperature
Good to Know
  • Disadvantages: pregnancy is a known risk. This method is not as effective as other options; one out of four women who use this method becomes pregnant.
  • Advantages: this is a nice option for women who don’t want to take, or cannot use, hormones.
Questions to Ask Your Provider
  • What is natural family planning?
  • What are the pros and cons?
  • How is it performed?
  • Is one type better than another?

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