Over the past few years, younger women have started to turn away from more commonly trusted methods of contraception--the pill, implants, condoms or surgery--and are instead using high-tech versions of traditional fertility awareness-based methods
1 Method choice is important because female contraceptive users rely on a wide variety of options Most effective method (2014) Oral contraceptives 25% Female sterilization 22% Condom 15% IUD 12% Withdrawal 8% Male partner's sterilization 7% Patch, ring or injectable 7% Implant 3% Fertility awareness-based methods
2% Other methods 1% 17% of contraceptive users combined two or more methods (2013) Source: Guttmacher Institute.
Recognizing that fears of side effects was likely a barrier for women to use family planning in the Barekese sub-district, our study explored fertility awareness-based methods
. For the calendar method, most women were not confident in their ability to calculate the days of fertility and infertility.
But in a 2009 article published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, authors Stephen Pallone and George Bergus concluded that data on the three natural family planning methods, or "fertility awareness-based methods
," is "of insufficient quality to draw any valid conclusions."