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Natural Family Planning


Does it work?

Including well-known methods like fertility indication, the rhythm method and the withdrawal method,Natural Family Planning (NFP) is up to 98% effective.

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For it to be most effective, you need to observe and record your body’s natural signs of fertility on each day of your menstrual cycle. Changes to these signs can help you identify the times when you’re fertile.


Top Plus Points  

  • Fertility awareness can be used when you want to have a baby
  • No chemicals and therefore no side effects
  • Acceptable to all faiths and cultures

Any bad points?

  • Takes three to six cycles (months) to learn effectively
  • Daily records must be kept
  • Illness, stress and travelling may affect the results
  • Intercourse must be avoided (or another method of contraception used) at fertile times
  • Doesn't protect against STIs, including HIV/AIDS

Where can I find out more?

GPs and family planning clinics can give you advice on many well-known and often-practiced methods.

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