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Are Fertility Awareness Based Methods Modern Contraceptives?

May 2, 2017

Couples and individuals have the right to decide when they want to have children - if at all. And with all the contraceptive options available to us today, globally there are still an estimated 225 million women who have an unmet need for family planning.

 

Although significant strides have been made to fill these gaps, having FULL CHOICE and FULL ACCESS to contraception is paramount, if we're to achieve FP2020 goals or the Sustainable Development Goals or any other goal for that matter. 

 

Evidence-based fertility awareness-based methods (FAMBs) have been around for a while and when used correctly, can be an effective family planning solution for many women looking to avoid pregnancy. But what exactly is a fertility awareness-based method anyway?

 

CT Director of Health Education, Ann Mullen, sat down with Dr. Victoria Jennings from the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University, and Dr. Marguerite Duane, family physician and Co-founder of FACTS, for a discussion about well researched Fertility Awareness-based Methods of family planning for a CT EduSeries webinar. In case you missed it, a recording of the webinar is here.

 

Dr. Jennings and Dr. Duane explain the five methods that have been developed using sound scientific analysis, and which ones are effective for birth control and planning pregnancy. These are: CycleBeads® / Standard Days Method®, TwoDay Method™, Sympto-Thermal Method, Ovulation Method, and Sympto-Hormonal Method. They also discuss how healthcare providers should include fertility awareness-based family planning options when counseling patients on a full range of contraceptive options. Additionally, Dr. Jennings and Dr. Duane discuss the advent of smartphone apps and how mobile technology has affected the use of these natural family planning methods.

 

Fertility awareness-based methods may be an ideal solution for women looking for a non-hormonal method of contraception, but are FABMs considered a modern form of birth control? You bet! Don't take our word for it though. Take a look at the following published article in Global Health: Science and Practice. This peer-reviewed commentary represents the technical position of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health of the United States Agency for International Development. 

 

We’re proud that our products have undergone extensive evaluation by outside researchers. Check out this recent article in Forbes on the contraceptive efficacy study that our Dot app is currently undergoing.

Cycle Technologies is a social impact company focused on women's health. Our mission is to prevent unintended pregnancies and help people have the families they want when they are ready. Products include CycleBeads®TwoDay™, and Dot™. Connect with us anytime! Follow us Twitter, like us on Facebook, or drop us a line at info@CycleTechnologies.com

 

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