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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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.