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.