Fertility Awareness-Based Methods: Another Option for Family Planning

Stephen R. Pallone, MD; George R. Bergus, MD


J Am Board Fam Med. 2009;22(2):147-157. 

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The available evidence suggests that FABMs, based largely on assessing cervical mucous, can provide effective contraception. Although these methods have not gained wide use, modern FABMs can be mastered by most motivated couples. Physicians' and other medical personnel's limited knowledge of and experience with the methods inhibits broader use. Physicians should offer FABMs as a reasonable choice for family planning because there are no absolute contraindications. A woman's informed decision to use such methods should be supported with accurate information and referral to a certified provider. Instruction is available in many communities and from online courses. Some of these methods can be taught during a single session.


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