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ok 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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Margaret Sanger’s Disneyland - An easy chart of your birth control options has some information on the fertility awareness method.

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.

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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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