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Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 1984 Dec;11(3):661-78.

Natural methods of family planning.

Abstract

Reliable indicators to detect the fertile and infertile phases in the menstrual cycle are now available, largely due to the intensive scientific research into fertility over the past decade. This means that couples who follow the rules of the different NFP methodologies have a highly effective means of birth control, without the introduction of hormones, chemicals or devices into the body. New scientific techniques can be expected within the next couple of years which will simplify the detection of the fertile phase and hopefully help to elucidate the grey area of the early fertile days, where most of the unplanned pregnancies occur. Fertility awareness by both partners is an important positive contribution to the whole sexual relationship and emphasizes that NFP is an educational delivery system rather than a technological one. The modification of sexual behaviour and the motivation of both partners for the successful use of NFP may initially present a problem to some couples. On the other hand, many partners find the discipline enhances their sexual relationship and dialogue. Whatever the motivation, today more and more couples are happier to be in autonomous control of their bodies and their fertility.

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