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Hello Shaina,
First, I would like to express my appreciation for your article. NPF (Natural Family Planning) and FAM (Fertility Awareness Method) are safe, natural and effective methods for pregnancy planning (including avoiding conception) which are overlooked by a majority of the population. OB/GYN's who favor the expediency of the pill and other forms of hormone-based birth control are largely remiss in their responsibility to educate women on natural methods. I am glad to see another advocate taking time to spread the word, as we are discovering (yet again) that so many of these contraceptive formulas are dangerous, if not deadly. Women need alternatives.

However, I am personally an advocate of using technology to facilitate natural contraception and I believe that one of the reasons that so few women choose a natural approach is due to the time consuming and often confusing steps. When a woman has an 8-10 hour workday, a house to keep and a family to maintain, there is so little time to spend on other activities for our own self-preservation. Women want efficient and accurate solutions -- particularly when it comes to contraception/family planning. This is why the pill is so popular. We don't have to think about it. In terms of FAM complexity -- there are 5 types of cervical mucus to identify. Manual charting requires time and precision, otherwise a woman could end up with an unwanted pregnancy.

I would say a quality bridge exists that facilitates the Fertility Awareness Method while providing ease of use -- with 99.3% accuracy without the fuss. I use an advanced fertility monitor, which I found through a natural women's health provider...and I love it. When posed with the idea of going natural, my biggest concern was efficiency (I want to know my body, but have little time) and this device does the work for me. So far, so good. It has been 3 years and thus far it hasn't let me down.

October 20, 2009 - 8:16pm


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