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October 3rd, 2012, 03:18 PM
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Welcome! The difference between NFP and FAM is pretty simple. Both require tracking your signs of fertility. With NFP, a couple abstains from genital contact on days of fertiltiy to eliminate the possibility of conception. It's 96-99% effective for avoiding pregnancy, depending on which type of NFP it is. With FAM, barriers are used on days of fertility to reduce the chance of conception. Effectiveness for avoiding pregnancy is the same as the barrier of choice.

Be aware that Fertility Friend is not really designed for avoiding pregnancy and is prone to interpretation errors, so I would definitely recommend learning more about charting from another source so you'll know when FF is messing things up. Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a good book to learn FAM from!
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