The condom and the pill aren't your only options

 
Long-Acting Contraception
 
Short-Acting Contraception
 
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Other Options

What is it?

There are several fertility awareness methods, all of them based on the fact that there are only a few days during each menstrual cycle - the days before and during ovulation - when a woman can get pregnant. The menstrual cycle begins the day a woman starts her period (bleed) and ends the day before her next period starts. These methods require a woman to observe various fertility signs such as changes in her body temperatures and cervical mucus.

How reliable is it?

With “perfect use” the fertility awareness is over 95% effective meaning that 5 woman in 100 will become pregnant in a year.1

However, because with every day “typical use” many women do not use this method properly, up to 24 women out of 100 in one year will become pregnant.1

Typical use

76% 1

effective

Benefits

  • They are options for women who cannot or do not want to use hormones
  • There have no hormonal side effects
  • They can be used both as a contraceptive method and as a method for those who want to plan a pregnancy. If you want to get pregnant, fertility awareness can help you to know which days you should have sex

Considerations

  • They require a woman to observe various fertility signs such as changes in her body temperatures and cervical mucus
  • They do not take into account changes in your menstrual cycle. Many things in everyday life can affect the rhythm of the menstrual cycle, making it difficult to identify the fertile and infertile days of your cycle
  • They require the cooperation of both partners
  • It does not protect against sexually transmitted infections

Where can I get it?

To get more information on these methods you should talk to your local healthcare professional (Doctor, Pharmacist or Nurse).

 

1. Trussell J. Contraceptive failure in the United States. Contraception 83 (2011) 397–404.