natural family planning

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Noun1.natural family planning - any of several methods of family planning that do not involve sterilization or contraceptive devices or drugs; coitus is avoided during the fertile time of a woman's menstrual cycle
birth control, birth prevention, family planning - limiting the number of children born
basal body temperature method, basal body temperature method of family planning - natural family planning in which the fertile period of the woman's menstrual cycle is inferred by noting the rise in basal body temperature that typically occurs with ovulation
ovulation method, ovulation method of family planning - natural family planning in which the fertile period is inferred from changes in the character and quantity of cervical mucus; ovulation is marked by an increase in mucus that becomes sticky and then clearer and slippery
calendar method, calendar method of birth control, rhythm method, rhythm method of birth control, rhythm - natural family planning in which ovulation is assumed to occur 14 days before the onset of a period (the fertile period would be assumed to extend from day 10 through day 18 of her cycle)
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It is likely that such stories will impact the uptake of Postpill, because irregular bleeding (disliked by women) can make it difficult to recognize pregnancy and so affect another popular practice: using ECs in combination with periodic abstinence.
Still others used condoms until their periods returned, and then switched to either a hormonal method obtained from a health center, the Standard Days method or periodic abstinence.
NATURAL METHODS THESE include the oldest forms of contraception but with the highest failure rates: Periodic abstinence This means abstinence from intercourse during the time of ovulation and is based on calculations using the calendar, plus the rise and fall of the woman's body temperature and a predictor kit.
43) I will argue that our transformation in Christ, culminating in the heroic virtue that answers the universal call to holiness, requires that one perform--not avoid--a good action that is both appropriate (Aquinas's bonum debitum) and helps us gain virtuous mastery over our various powers; this requirement, obviously, will include those acts of periodic abstinence that help build virtuous mastery over fertility and the pleasure intrinsic to conjugal acts.
The biggest surprise of natural birth control is what is often seen as one of the main negatives: periodic abstinence to avoid pregnancy.
We are concerned that if there isn't a policy correction, that will be the result" Deirdre McQuade of the Catholic bishops concluded: "Married women can practice periodic abstinence.
Georgetown University's Institute for Reproductive Health developed this periodic abstinence method based on studies of thousands of women's menstrual cycles and the viability of sperm.
The bishops advocate natural family planning, which "makes use of periodic abstinence from sexual intercourse" to limit the number of children, as an alternative to other contraceptive methods.
The document includes sections on various contraceptive methods, including abstinence, male and female condoms, vaginal spermicides, oral contraceptives, and emergency contraception, as well as a section on fertility awareness and other periodic abstinence methods.