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

Everyone should decide what's best for them.

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.

More
Courtesy of Houseplant.

In America, one dumb mistake can hang over your head forever.

Nearly 30% of the American adult population — about 70 million people — have at least one criminal conviction that can prevent them from being treated equally when it comes to everything from job and housing opportunities to child custody.

Twenty million of these Americans have felony convictions that can destroy their chances of making a comfortable living and prevents them from voting out the lawmakers who imprisoned them.

Many of these convictions are drug-related and stem from the War on Drugs that began in the U.S. '80s. This war has unfairly targeted the minority community, especially African-Americans.

Keep Reading Show less
Culture

Climate change is happening because the earth is warming at an accelerated rate, a significant portion of that acceleration is due to human activity, and not taking measures to mitigate it will have disastrous consequences for life as we know it.

In other words: Earth is heating up, it's kinda our fault, and if we don't fix it, we're screwed.

This is the consensus of the vast majority of the world's scientists who study such things for a living. Case closed. End of story.

How do we know this to be true? Because pretty much every reputable scientific organization on the planet has examined and endorsed these conclusions. Thousands of climate studies have been done, and multiple peer-reviewed studies have been done on those studies, showing that somewhere between 84 and 97 percent of active climate science experts support these conclusions. In fact, the majority of those studies put the consensus well above 90%.

Keep Reading Show less
Nature
via James Anderson

Two years ago, a tweet featuring the invoice for a fixed boiler went viral because the customer, a 91-year-old woman with leukemia, received the services for free.

"No charge for this lady under any circumstances," the invoice read. "We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible."

The repair was done by James Anderson, 52, a father-of-five from Burnley, England. "James is an absolute star, it was overwhelming to see that it cost nothing," the woman's daughter told CNN.

Keep Reading Show less
Heroes

I live in a family with various food intolerances. Thankfully, none of them are super serious, but we are familiar with the challenges of finding alternatives to certain foods, constantly checking labels, and asking restaurants about their ingredients.

In our family, if someone accidentally eats something they shouldn't, it's mainly a bit of inconvenient discomfort. For those with truly life-threatening food allergies, the stakes are much higher.

I can't imagine the ongoing stress of deadly allergy, especially for parents trying to keep their little ones safe.

Keep Reading Show less
popular