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Getting FAMiliar With Another Natural Birth Control Method

For many couples, having a child is a source of joy brought about by careful thought and conscious choice. It is also a tough decision to make most especially for women who have other things in mind such as their career or further studies. For millions of women and their partners who opt not to get pregnant, contraception is always a viable option. Christians have always condemned contraceptive sex. Both forms mentioned in the Bible, “coitus interruptus” and sterilization, are condemned without exception. The early Fathers recognized that the purpose of sexual intercourse in natural law is procreation, hence contraceptive sex, which deliberately blocks that purpose, is a violation of natural law.

However, in this day and age, things are changing and contraception can not be disregarded. Birth control or contraception is a course of therapy involving one or more actions, devices, or medications that prevents pregnancy. In other words, the mechanisms responsible for lessening the possibility of the fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon can be precisely referred to as contraception. Stepping into the past, the oldest methods of contraception included “coitus interruptus,” certain barrier methods, and herbal methods. Historic records say that Egyptian women used a pessary made of various acidic substances and lubricated with honey or oil, which was good at killing sperm.

In Asia, women took to oiled paper as a cervical cap while the Europeans had supposedly used bee wax. It was not before the seventeenth century that the condom came into being. The earliest forms of condoms were actually made from animal intestine. It was only with the advent of modern latex condoms, that they became all the very effective and accepted. It came to prominence as an effective means of contraception and not to mention giving hopes avoiding syphilis whatsoever. There are other types of contraception, too many to choose from, but if couples want to go for a natural birth control method, Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) can be a solution. Any method of identifying the fertile and infertile time in the menstrual cycle by self observations is a kind of fertility awareness method. The term Fertility Awareness Method, or FAM, however, has come to be associated with the “three over six” way of identifying ovulation and the infertile or fertile time. This method, similarly described by both the World Health Organization and Professor John Marshall in the 1960s and geared largely for couples wishing to avoid pregnancy, identifies ovulation after three temperatures above the previous six temperatures have been observed and cervical fluid has dried up. A coverline is then drawn slightly above the highest of the six temperatures before the temperature rise.

FAM also refers to a natural birth control method outside of a religious framework that supports the use of barrier methods (such as condom, diaphragm, and spermicide), emergency contraception, and abortion. It allows a woman to identify days in her menstrual cycle on which they are likely to be fertile. Many women use this information to help them get pregnant, but it can also be used to help them avoid pregnancy. FAM is often confused with the ineffective rhythm method, which uses mathematical calculations based on past cycle lengths to predict infertile days for the present cycle. FAM relies only on daily observation of fertility changes in the present and is deemed more effective. It eliminates the problems of hormones affecting the milk in breastfeeding women and avoids the hassle of staining which can occur with pills and IUDs. FAM is a natural birth control method that is safe and highly effective when used correctly and consistently.


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