What is it? The rhythm method is a natural form of birth control that involves both partners abstaining from intercourse when the woman is ovulating. When done correctly, this method only prevents pregnancy, it does not protect you from STDs and infections.
How does it work? On average, a womanís menstrual cycle lasts 28 days, with ovulation occurring between day 9 and day 20. When the woman is ovulating, both partners abstain from intercourse so that no sperm can come in contact with the egg. But because each womanís cycle is unique in itís own way, it can be difficult to tell when ovulation is occurring. This method requires careful planning, a high level of understanding of your bodyís changes throughout your cycle, and a lot of will power.
How effective is the Rhythm Method? If the rhythm method is done correctly, it can effectively prevent pregnancy. However, it is very difficult to practice this method since it is not easy to tell when you are ovulating.
Advantages of the Rhythm Method ∑ Completely natural form of birth control
∑ Involves the careful planning of both partners
∑ Requires no medication and no prescriptions from a doctor
Disadvantages of the Rhythm Method ∑ Must pay very close attention to your bodyís menstrual cycle
∑ Imperfect use of the rhythm method may result in pregnancy
∑ Must abstain from intercourse for up to 10 days a month.
Where can I get more information about the Rhythm Method? If you are interested in learning more about the rhythm method of birth control, we suggest discussing it with your reproductive healthcare provider to see if this method is right for you.