Spotters in "Family Planning: Natural Contraceptive Methods" for CFM & MPH students

 1. Safe Period/ Rhythm method/ Calendar method:

Natural methods of contraception: Rhythm Method, Basal Temperature

Important points:

  • Fertile period: Shortest cycle minus 18 days (Last day of fertile period: Longest cycle minus 10 days)
  • Drawbacks: 
  • Difficult to predict safe period in irregular cycles
  • Only suitable for educated couple with high motivation
  • Programmed sex: Abstinence required for 1/2 month
  • Not useful in postnatal period
  • High failure rate: 9 per HWY
  • Medical complications: Ectopic pregnancies & embryonic abnormalities

References:

  1. Park, K. (2019). Park's textbook of preventive and social medicine. 25th. Jabalpur, India: M/S Banarsidas Bhanot.
  2. Kadri AM. (2019). IAPSM's Textbook of Community Medicine. 1st. New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.
  3. https://thefactfactor.com/facts/pure_science/biology/natural-methods-of-contraception/1885/ photo credit





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