Natural Family Planning

Dear Dr. N How effective is natural family planning? signed K
Dear K- You ask an interesting question. Natural family planning has been around a long time. It is a method that women use involving using their temperature, cervical mucous, and menstrual cycle to predict ovulation and avoid an ‘ovulatory window’. It is hard to study because different women use different methods and compliance to methods vary. Many patients use it successfully for years and yet others result in failure due to early or late ovulation. Statistics ranging from 60-85% are quoted. I think it is in the higher range if done properly. I do think a failure has to be acceptable if you are using this method. I can help explain the method properly in a consultation. Dr. N

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