The New Old-School Birth Control

How to trust our bodies more that any institution, ideology, belief? It is not easy but we have to learn how our body works, anyway…Sex-positive approach in my view is equivalent with self consciousness and body awareness. From this perspective FABM methods should be independent from any church or religious based ideology of family planning but only serve the healthy and balanced sexuality of a couple. We are on the first place responsible for our own (mental, physical and social) health and happiness and contraception methods and the use of our bodies is the part of this story. The article is interesting, worth thinking on real and female friendly contraceptive methods! For women and couples who tired of poisoning their bodies or suffering from all the negative effects of the current imperfect contraceptive methods:

The Atlantic article by Katie Gilbert…
Modern fertility-awareness methods are rooted in an ever-improving understanding of the various subtle signs a woman’s body flashes to indicate it’s in prime baby-making mode. Some FABMs teach women how to chart cervical mucus secretions—and their changes in quantity and texture—to figure out when she’s fertile. Other approaches add the requirement that practitioners record their daily basal body temperature. Still others combine mucus observations with technology that picks up on hormones associated with fertility in urine. (…)

There’s the obvious image problem, for a start. FABM is the secular branch of a much older—and thoroughly Catholic—tree called Natural Family Planning (NFP). Like FABMs, NFP methods also teach cervical mucus observation and temperature-taking, but they preach abstinence during fertile times, so that a couple never has to use any barrier methods like condoms, diaphragms, or spermicide. FABMs generally advise the use of two barrier methods if a couple decides to have sex while the woman is most fertile.

Thanks in part to these origins, people may immediately assume religious ties when they come across research or programs promoting natural fertility-awareness, which can lead to a quick, wholesale dismissal. Contributing to this perception is the fact that in any search for teachers or certification programs in fertility awareness it’s several times easier to find those connected to NFP than to the secular version. (…)

To remove those barriers, rather than shrugging and accepting the one in five chance of accidental pregnancy that the withdrawal method offers, women and their partners could make an informed inquiry into whether a FABM would be a better option for them.

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