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For example, a 2010 survey conducted in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, (4) designed to investigate potential underreporting of natural method use in the DHS, included the specific question "Are you currently using the rhythm method (or periodic abstinence or Cyclebeads, or the calendar method)?" According to the survey, traditional method use was 26% among married women of reproductive age in the city, compared with only 5% according to the 2010 DHS; (6) however, no difference in modern method use was found.
He added, however, that the priests are helping out with the town's campaign to teach couples the calendar method, which uses past menstrual cycles to estimate the time of ovulation.
For the calendar method, most women were not confident in their ability to calculate the days of fertility and infertility.
While the calendar method predicted ovulation correctly in only one in four women, the ClearBlue Digital Ovulation test (20 test pack) predicted correctly in 99 percent of women over the same period.
Does the Life History Calendar method facilitate the recall of intimate partner violence?
Those who had used the calendar method, spermicides, emergency contraception, withdrawal or douching were classified as having used an unreliable method.
DATA WATCH Only 60% of Sexually Active Teens and Young Adults Always Use Birth Control or Protection Age Range 15-17 18-24 15-24 Number of Respondents 185 758 943 Use Birth Control or Protection All the time 70% 57% 60% Most of the time 21% 23% 23% Some of the time 5% 12% 11% Never 4% 7% 6% Report Using Condoms Ever 94% 89% 90% Regularly 79% 55% 60% Ever had sex without a condom 38% 68% 63% Used a condom at last intercourse 80% 52% 58% Report Using Birth Control Pills Ever 40% 67% 62% Regularly 30% 48% 44% Report Using Withdrawal/Pulling Out Ever 40% 43% 42% Regularly 13% 12% 12% Report Using Rhythm or Calendar Method Ever 7% 8% 8% Regularly 2% 2% 2% Source: The Henry J.
Only 60% of Sexually Active Teens and Young Adults Always Use Birth Control or Protection Age Range 15-17 18-24 15-24 Number of Respondents 185 758 943 (total) Use Birth Control or Protection All the time 70% 57% 60% Most of the time 21% 23% 23% Some of the time 5% 12% 11% Never 4% 7% 6% Report Using Condoms Ever 94% 89% 90% Regularly 79% 55% 60% Ever had sex without a condom 38% 68% 63% Used a condom at last intercourse 80% 52% 58% Report Using Birth Control Pills Ever 40% 67% 62% Regularly 30% 48% 44% Report Using Withdrawal/Pulling Out Ever 40% 43% 42% Regularly 13% 12% 12% Report Using Rhythm or Calendar Method Ever 7% 8% 8% Regularly 2% 2% 2% Source: The Henry J.
Only about 35% of the population of Central and Eastern European countries use modern contraceptives, with many others using withdrawal (18%) and the calendar method. Abortion is also often used.
DATA WATCH Only 60% of Sexually Active Teens and Young Adults Always Use Birth Control or Protection Age Range 15-17 18-24 15-24 Number of Respondents 185 758 943 (total) Use Birth Control or Protection All the time 70% 57% 60% Most of the time 21% 23% 23% Some of the time 5% 12% 11% Never 4% 7% 6% Report Using Condoms Ever 94% 89% 90% Regularly 79% 55% 60% Ever had sex without a condom 38% 68% 63% Used a condom at last intercourse 80% 52% 58% Report Using Birth Control Pills Ever 40% 67% 62% Regularly 30% 48% 44% Report Using Withdrawal/Pulling Out Ever 40% 43% 42% Regularly 13% 12% 12% Report Using Rhythm or Calendar Method Ever 7% 8% 8% Regularly 2% 2% 2% Source: The Henry J.
The report warns in the British Medical Journal: "Women should be aware that no calendar method is completely effective."
The calendar method of contraception, where couples avoid having sex during the woman's most fertile time of the month, is even more unreliable than previously thought, researchers said yesterday.