Method Comparison

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Summary Chart of Natural Methods of Family Planning

Calendar Based Methods
(Also known as a Rhythm Method. Not considered a modern method of NFP.)
Name Website Cervical Mucus Temp Cervix Fertility Monitor Calendar Count Comments
Tissue
Exam
Sensation
Standard Days Method Link Can only be used effectively by women who have a 26-32 day cycle range. Cycle beads used.

 

Single-Indicator Methods
(observe only one marker of fertility)
Name Website Cervical Mucus Temp Cervix Fertility Monitor Calendar Count Comments
Tissue
Exam
Sensation
Billings Ovulation Method® Link Taught in two classes with follow-up appointments schedule until client is confident. Emphasis placed on sensation.
FertilityCareTM Link Taught over nine sessions (one introductory and eight follow-ups). Standardized for medical evaluation as needed.
Family of the Americas Link Simplified BOMA method, available in 21 languages.
Two Day Method Link Taught in one session where the woman learns how mucus present today or yesterday equals fertility.

 

Multi-Indicator Methods
(observe two or more markers of fertility)
Name Website Cervical Mucus Temp Cervix Fertility Monitor Calendar Count Comments
Tissue
Exam
Sensation
Couple to Couple League Link Three class series with follow-up taught live in person or online. Teaches relationship between cervical fluid and temperature.
Sympto-Pro Northwest Family Services Link Three class series with follow-up taught in a variety of learning formats. Teaches relationship between cervical fluid and temperature.
Marquette Method Link This is the only method that includes information gathered from urinary assay. Variety of learning formats offered.