How An Old-School Way Of Having Sex Is Kinda Making A Comeback For Birth Control

There's a new kind — scratch that, a VERY old kind — of birth control in town.

Listen up, everybody with a uterus (and everybody in a relationship with someone who has a uterus)! It's time we learned about a traditional method of birth control that's been making a comeback in recent years. What is it?

No, it is not "beat the baby-carrying stork with your umbrella."

It's called the Fertility Awareness Method.

Pretty much what this means is that you pay super-close attention to your body to estimate when you're ovulating, and during those times you either abstain from sex or use another form of birth control (like condoms).

How does it work?

Well, the reason Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) have been regaining popularity in recent years is that they're made quite a bit easier with technology. Lots of apps and websites are available to help you track your cycle. There are a few steps to follow (which vary depending on which specific method you choose), but you pretty much have to know your body really, really well. Like, you and your body have to become the bestest of friends.


You + your uterus = best friends forever.


  • STEP 1: Track your cycle and the symptoms of each part of your cycle.
  • STEP 2: Figure out when you're likely to be ovulating.
  • STEP 3: Don't have (unprotected) sex during that time.

Right, but how reliable is it?

Ah, yes. Reliability. So, WOMP WOMP, Fertility Awareness Methods are quite a bit less reliable than other common forms of birth control. Let's do a little comparison:


Here's the (obvious) kicker: You gotta use what's right for you!

Some folks like Fertility Awareness Methods because they don't involve putting chemicals in your body. Other folks love the pill, or an IUD. At the end of the day, you've gotta decide what's right for you, and you might want to talk to your doctor (and your partner) to help make that decision.

Check out a video about Fertility Awareness Methods below.

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It was filmed before face masks were required, so you can see the boy's beautiful reaction to the song.

Power uploaded it to TikTok because he had just joined the platform and had no idea the number of lives it would touch. "The support on it is unbelievable. I posted it on my Instagram a while back and on Facebook and the support then was amazing," he told Dublin Live.

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However, their relationship became even sweeter when they adopted James: a little boy with a huge heart.

In the United States alone, there are roughly 122,000 children awaiting adoption according to the latest report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption offers hope—not only does it create new families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent. For the right families, it's a beautiful thing.

The Archbolds knew early on that adoption was an option for them. David has three daughters from a previous marriage, but knowing their family was not yet complete, the couple embarked on a two-year journey to find their match. When the adoption agency called and told them about James, they were elated. From the moment they met him, the Archbolds knew he was meant to be part of their family. David locked eyes with the brown-eyed baby and they stared at each other in quiet wonder for such a long time that the whole room fell silent. "He still looks at me like that," said David.

The connection was mutual and instantaneous—love at first sight. The Archbolds knew that James was meant to be a part of their family. However, they faced significant challenges requiring an even deeper level of commitment due to James' medical condition.

James was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare condition that causes his body to overproduce insulin, and within 2 months of his birth, he had to have surgery to remove 90% of his pancreas. There was a steep learning curve for the Archbolds, but they were already in love, and knew they were committed to the ongoing care that'd be required of bringing James into their lives. After lots of research and encouragement from James' medical team, they finally brought their son home.

Today, three-year-old James is thriving, filled with infectious joy that bubbles over and touches every person who comes in contact with him. "Part of love is when people recognize that they need to be with each other," said his adoptive grandfather. And because the Archbolds opted for an open adoption, there are even more people to love and support James as he grows.

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The display was planned by a group of around 40 LGBT students to mark the one-year anniversary of the university sending out a letter clarifying its stance on homosexual behavior.

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