Skip to comments.New Study Shows Natural Family Planning Technique More “Effective” Than Contraception
Posted on 02/21/2007 6:25:14 PM PST by samiam1972
HEIDELBERG, Germany, February 21, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A new study by German researchers shows that a method of natural family planning is statistically as effective as the contraceptive pill in delaying pregnancy.
Researchers from the University of Heidelberg studied the statistical effectiveness of the symptothermal method (STM) to avoid achieving pregnancy. Unlike contraceptives that either suppress a woman's natural fertility cycle or act as a barrier to conception, STM helps a woman to understand the natural signs of her fertility in order to achieve or temporarily delay pregnancy.
The study involving 900 women was published in the journal, Human Reproduction, and found that the correct use of STM to delay pregnancy led to a rate of 0.4 pregnancies per 100 women per year. The lowest pregnancy rate was found among women who abstained from sex during their most fertile period identified through STM.
In contrast, women who used a barrier method, such as a condom, had a pregnancy rate of .6 pregnancies per 100 women per year. Women who had sex (without contraception) during the fertile period had a pregnancy rate of only 7.5 pregnancies per 100 women per year, however researchers noted that this was a quarter of the rate one would usually expect.
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I've never heard it phrased that way. LOL! I have to share that with my husband.
Congratulations on your 4th.
NFP worked for us too.
No complaints about the effectiness of NFP, especially appreciate the knowledge when it came to conceiving our children.
great article - thanks for posting.
Glad to hear my comment was understood.
I didn't know this until after my hysterical-ectomy.
I'm pretty sure I'm living proof that these kinds of methods don't work.
The methods work, however, there is room for user error.
I've heard stories from women that had trouble conceiving until they went through the NFP classes. It really surprised me how little I knew about my own body. I strongly urge anyone of childbearing age(okay, not little girls!) to take a NFP course. It's not painful! Honest! :o)
I don't think I know you. Why would you say that? I'm curious!
I'm pretty sure that Couple to Couple League does the Creighton method. The Sympto-Thermal method, as discussed in this article, is taught by Northwest Family Services.
We chart using the Sympto-Thermal method. I've never heard of the Creighton method. I'll have to look that one up!
Okay, quick glance at the Couple to Couple League site and they have this listed:
"CCL teaches two basic forms of Natural Family Planning (NFP) the Sympto-Thermal Method and Ecological Breastfeeding."
I'm still interested in learning more about the other method.
Um, it involves some very personal things I would rather not discuss. Who really wants to think about their parents having sex? I think I'll move along... ;-)
The Couple to Couple League teaches the sympto-thermal method.
I remember when I was first learning human anatomy, during a time that my husband and I were still using OCP, and I had no clue that a woman's body is so vocal about its hormonal milieu. When we were learning about the hormonal changes that occur with a woman's menstrual cycle and the physical changes that accompany it, I started wondering why women had to be so dependent on artificial contraception in order to plan their pregnancies.
Now, after my husband and I have happily started using NFP, and been successful at it, I wonder why the medical community is so eager to push contraception upon women, instead of teaching a method that is quite easy, not to mention completely free. And I have come to the conclusion that the medical establishment wants women to need birth control, not only because the medical community has shown itself to me to be full of elitists who like to decide which populations should be reproducing, but also because those same elitists don't want women learning a method that is based on a moral and faith-based lifestyle.
When I was completing my obstetrics rotation, my classmates and I had a lecture on different methods of predicting fertility and assisting conception. After hearing about all the different methods for measuring fertility, all of which involved some cost, I asked why we couldn't just have a woman take her temperature every morning to see if she was ovulating. The physician giving the lecture looked at me as if I were an alien. She stated that no one would do such a thing. After I replied that I took my temperature every morning quite easily, she launched into a lecture about how I was more intelligent than the average individual, and so I was more capable of keeping track of my own fertility. What I brought away from her screed was that the average person is so stupid that they can't be trusted with keeping track of their own fertility. Apparently taking one's temperature and taking note of other signs of fertility is much more difficult than spending money on kit to predict ovulation, remembering to take a pill every day, refilling the prescription and driving to the pharmacy to get it, or making a trip to the doctor every 3 months for a shot of depo-provera. And with all the time liberal doctors spend whining about how the poor don't have access to medical care, they still want these populations paying money that doesn't need to be paid for artificial contraception. The mind boggles.
Fair enough! :o)
Creighton, if I understand correctly, would be the symptoms without temperature check.
Oh look at that...I can't read. Now I want to know who teaches Creighton. CCL is the Kippleys right?
Now ecological breastfeeding, that's something that doesn't work! Tried it for the first eight weeks of my eldest daughter's life, after that it was a mute point. Daughter number two was/is a thumbsucker, so I never had a chance.
Maybe my theory is too simplistic, but they hate women, or at least true womanhood, which cannot be separated from her ability to bring life into this world.
Janet Smith has some excellent talks about contraception and the development of the pill. Two men saw their testicles shrink during test runs of the first male pill, and all testing and further development ceased, until 2006. Three women died, and they just altered the dose.
BTTT! I wonder how many of the lamestream media will carry this story??
Well, I have to be honest here. After the first two kids we decided to just let God take over and gave up on the charting. A few times over the years we would abstain for one reason or another but I haven't recorded my temperature in years! The other signs were easier for me to read, anyway.
I've never tried the ecological breastfeeding, either. My kids are lucky to have had any at all! LOL!
I'm entirely sure you are living proof that you have done absolutely no research on the topic. That NFP, when properly performed, is as effective as artificial means of birth control has been definitively established for quite some time. Back in the 1970's, what is now called the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services commissioned a study comparing the effectiveness of NFP (when taught by trained instructors and the rules actually followed) with the effectivness of artificial contraception. The result was that, not only was NFP just as effective as artificial means, there were no failures of the method when it was properly applied (that is, no woman who was using the NFP method evaluated in the study got pregnant if she was doing everything as told). Studies since that time have been in agreement with this study.
Here's the citation, in case you decide to educate yourself:
Wade ME, McCarthy P, et al. A random prospective study of the use-effectiveness of two methods of natural family planning. Am J Ob and Gyn. 141:4 (15 Oct 1981) 368-376.
Um....zero? Do I win a prize? :o)
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But aren't you glad they didn't have an abortion?
I'm entirely sure you are living proof that you have done absolutely no research on the topic.
***I thought a little bit of levity would be in order. I have much less interest than when I started, so I'll be leaving. I'm entirely sure that you need to start drinking decaf.
I'm kind of the same way. I am already to go again after less than two months postpartum. So then I do use charts and temp checks.
My youngest is almost two and I stopped charting last summer. I still would like to wait a bit longer, but it would be fine if baby number three showed up any time now. So I am not taking it as seriously now. It's nice to have that kind of freedom.
I sure am. As a former fetus, I'm against abortion.
You are simply upset that you have been shown to be intellectually unarmed. Toodles.
>> I sure am. As a former fetus, I'm against abortion.
Yeah, but I bet you're still a fetus at heart.
We love the freedom. Of course, many of our friends have 10 kids so we're under pressure to "catch up". Ha! I don't think we'll make it that far. We started late and a few miscarriages put us behind.
Yep. You're right. Have fun.
My mom, who has six children living, two miscarriages, had expressed the same sentiment before. It is a very good reminder.
THAT is a great post!
I know for a fact I'm a diaphragm baby. None of these things work 100%.
Excellent points. I think every female past puberty should at least record her menstruation days, because the menstrual cycle is such a sensitive indicator of what's going on with the body as a whole.
If a woman find she has cycle irregularities or other unpleasant symptoms, then recording temperature would be useful, as well. I discovered I had low thyroid function because my temperatures were so low ... a little kelp supplement worked miracles!
My husband and I used Natural Family Planning for many years with excellent success.
I have since given the information to two young women who were having trouble conceiveing, and voila! Babies!
About time. NFP is truly a godsend.
Thus, the article doesn't surprise me and it's nice that other people are now discovering this little known fact.
I found a computer program called Ovusoft, and I can't recommend it enough -- it was so much easier to chart everything, and it predicted at least three cycles ahead.
I am a cradle Catholic, but only became truly aware of NFP back in 2001. Until then, I am ashamed to say, my husband and I used ABC, except while we tried to conceive our first child, born in 1998 (we married in 1995). In late 2000, dh left the military and we moved to Oklahoma. I never refilled my prescription, and that was okay with us, because we were planning on another child (at that point, we said 2 was our limit).
In the fall of 2001, I became involved with Project Gabriel through my parish in Oklahoma. In my training, I received information about NFP and a copy of 'Humanae Vitae.' Well, soon after that I bought a copy of the Kippley's book, and two months later, I was pregnant with our son, who was born in September of 2002. It was at that point that we became open to having a larger family.
Shortly after our son's first birthday, we were surprised with pregnancy number three (looking back, it was more of an error in my charting than anything). In June of 2004, our second daughter was born.
Fast forward to the beginning of this year. My charting has not been as consistent over the last several months, but I am fairly regular and knew when the fertile times were. Last month all three kids and I were sick with the norovirus, which I believed threw everything out of whack for me, although I did not realize it at the time. Two weeks ago, we were given another blessing when we found out about baby #4, due this October. Our oldest is thrilled at having another sibling, and our son is asking when he can play cars and dinosaurs with his baby brother (he is convinced it is a boy!).
I know it's a long post, but if were not for NFP, I would only have the two children we had 'planned' to have. I cannot imagine life without our younger daughter, who is just precious (although she has been nicknamed 'the little banshee' by her father and me). The last two pregnancies have not proved that something went wrong, but that something went right.
I will also note that the people in our parish are thrilled to hear of our good news, as larger families seem to be pretty common here.
Yes, money is going to be tighter, but we are going to have those precious memories of first steps, first words, and other milestones that money can't buy :)
I agree that keeping track is important for every female past puberty, whether married/having sex or not. It reveals so much about one's body, and helps us females understand things like our mood, energy level, etc at various times of the cycle. I was amazed at how little I knew about my own body until I started keeping track.
I also discovered low thyroid function via this method ... going gluten-free cured that for me, as well as many other things!
People do confuse NFP with the old "rhythm method."