METHOD (METHODS TOGETHER)
all three methods: temperature, cervical mucus, and
calendar are called the symptothermal method. The symptothermal
method allows a woman to be more accurate in predicting
her safe days than if she uses any one of the methods
alone. When using these methods together, the signs
of one can be used to confirm those of the others. Combining
methods also permits sexual relations during the early
dry days, and shortens the period of abstinence necessary
for complete protection when using the temperature method
Of 100 couples who use symptothermal
methods for one year, 10 - 20 women will become pregnant. This is due to failure of
learning or advice or non co-operation of one or the other partner. However, in the study
group under strict supervision the failure rate is only 3%.
of these methods
- No physical side effects as any drugs, devices, chemicals or
- It is safe.
- It is economical.
- It improves martial relationship as it involves co-operation
of both partners.
- It can be discontinued easily if pregnancy desired.
- Once learned properly, doesn’t need any follow up or
supply of contraceptives.
better affectivity of this methods
are required to keep consistent and accurate records.
not use hormonal contraceptives, Link
to Hormonal contraception in Preventing pregnancy, while
recording. Hormones in the Pill alter the natural menstruation
and fertility cycle. Instead, use barrier methods.
Link to Barrier contraception in Preventing Pregnancy.
co – operation of your partner for the abstinence or for use
of barrier contraception during the unsafe days.
not depend on charting your fertility pattern if
- You have irregular periods, during breast-feeding and those
- Your partner is unwilling to observe periods of abstinence
from vaginal intercourse, practice withdrawal, or use barrier methods at unsafe times.
- You have a sexually transmitted infection or frequent
- You cannot keep careful records.
you fertility pattern can work for you if
- You have received careful instruction in the methods.
- You have only one sex partner and he is equally
committed to the methods you want to use.
- You have the self discipline
required to check and chart your fertility signs and
observe the rules.
your fertility pattern may not be appropriate for you
- You have more than one sex partner does.
- Your sex partner isn’t equally committed to the methods
you want to use.
- You are temperamentally unsuited for keeping close track of
your fertile days.
- You have doubts about being able to abstain from vaginal
intercourse for at least 10 days each month or to use a barrier method on
- You wouldn’t consider having an abortion although you
have a medical condition that poses a grave danger for you if you become pregnant.
- You take medication that may affect your cervical mucus,
body temperature, or menstrual regularity.