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The Pill VS The Symptothermal Method VS CM Method


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November 27th, 2007, 03:03 PM
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Just studying for my health class and I came across this chart which references the book Contraceptive Technology-17th Edition (1998).

The chart gives the # of unintended pregnancies per 100 women during the first year of use for each method of BC.

The Pill - with perfect use : 0.1
The Pill - with typical use (which is me, I did used to forget it the odd time) : 5.0
The Symptothermal Method : 2.0
Cervical Mucous (ovulation) Method : 3.0


It is worth noting that the symptothermal and CM methods only had data for perfect use, I assume due to the fact that you either follow it or you don't.

I showed this to DH!! He seemed surprised to see it in my text book!!
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November 27th, 2007, 03:36 PM
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Just studying for my health class and I came across this chart which references the book Contraceptive Technology-17th Edition (1998).

The chart gives the # of unintended pregnancies per 100 women during the first year of use for each method of BC.

The Pill - with perfect use : 0.1
The Pill - with typical use (which is me, I did used to forget it the odd time) : 5.0
The Symptothermal Method : 2.0
Cervical Mucous (ovulation) Method : 3.0


It is worth noting that the symptothermal and CM methods only had data for perfect use, I assume due to the fact that you either follow it or you don't.

I showed this to DH!! He seemed surprised to see it in my text book!![/b]

I think the STM and Cervical Mucus method numbers are a little inflated actually. The Billings Method (one form of the Cervical Mucus Method) is scientifically verified as 99.64% reliable, so that's a pregnancy rate less than 0.4%.
A recent report on the Sympto Thermal Method found it's pregnancy rate to be 0.4% as well.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6375261.stm

It's pretty cool that your book had information on it at all though! I remember getting so mad when I was becoming a nurse because my medical texts would always lump the effectiveness for natural methods in with the Rhythm or Calender Method! Grrrrr! They are SOOOO not the same thing!
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November 28th, 2007, 02:38 PM
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yeah i was impressed by my text too in that regard!

I'm now doing a project on a FAM article for this class too, i figure might as well pick something i'm interested in!
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November 28th, 2007, 02:57 PM
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yeah i was impressed by my text too in that regard!

I'm now doing a project on a FAM article for this class too, i figure might as well pick something i'm interested in![/b]

Oooh! A project! Will it involve super-mega size posters of all the different kinds of CM??? LOL
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November 28th, 2007, 03:14 PM
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LMAO can you imagine! I actually have to critique an article about FAM, how it concerns canadians, whether or not its valid, is it biased etc.......
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