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Fertility Awareness
is a collection of practices that help a woman know which days of the month she is most likely to get pregnant. A woman can learn when ovulation is coming by observing her own body and and charting physical changes. She can then use this information to avoid or encourage pregnancy. To be effective as birth control, the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) requires abstaining from intercourse or using a barrier method of birth control during the fertile time, approximately one-third of the month.

FAM is not the Rhythm Method. The Rhythm Method makes projections based on past menstrual cycle history to predict future fertile and infertile phases of the menstrual cycle. These predictions, though occasionally right, in general do not accurately reflect your current cycle; thus the low rate of success of the Rhythm Method.

Curious about Fertility Awareness? Check out J.'s blog: Getting off the Pill, where a 29-year-old woman, who's been on the Pill for eleven years documents her experience of getting off the Pill and into Fertility Awareness.

For more information:

› EngenderHealth
› Feminist Women's Health Center
› Fertility Awareness Center
› Fertility UK
› Justisse
› Planned Parenthood
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