ok jw.....my period is pretty regular...and i was wondering if i used the cycle method and a condom that it would decrease my chances at besides the benefit of a condom? thanks
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Even if you've had your period for at least five years and it's pretty regular this is still a very difficult thing to master. I'm onto my fifth month of charting (I mark down my period, cervical mucus texture and basal body temperature every day)and I still couldn't tell you when I ovulate with any certainty. It takes a long time to get to the point where you can trust this method and even then it's much more useful for getting pregnant instead of preventing it, not to mention a 22% failure rate.
Condoms alone, if used consistently and correctly, will offer adequate protection. The most reliable form of protection is proper condom use paired with a hormonal birth control like Lunelle.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't give charting a shot; it's a really cool way to learn about your body. However, I'd think very careful and do a ton of research before using it as a method of birth control.
[This message has been edited by ookuotoe (edited 10-04-2002).]
As an additional note, if you find you CAN chart and get a decent handle on when you ovulate a GREAT birth control method is to:
- Abstain fully from ALL procreative sex during times you're most fertile, and - Then use a condom for sex during less fertile times.
If you're using condoms for all contact properly and carefully, it's really rare you'd have a pregnancy risk. But, avoiding sex altogether during the most fertile times so that in the event you SHOULD have a condom rip or tear it only does so during less fertile times, does help reduce your risks.
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