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The aim of this scholarly project was to evaluate data regarding the efficacy, challenges, and benefits of fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) of family planning, in order to determine whether there are methods that may be considered effective and beneficial options. After reviewing the available literature regarding current FABMs, it became evident that there are, in fact, current methods available which are viable choices. The most effective methods according to this data are the ovulation and Sympto-Thermal methods, which have actual-use efficacy ratings that, when compared to the commonly prescribed oral contraceptive pill, would recommend them for use. The FABMs, as with all user-dependent family planning options, come with their own set of challenges which affect their actual-use efficacy rates. The FABMs also tout a set of unique benefits which recommend them for use. Though the FABMs may not be the family planning option of choice for all women, the evidence compiled in this review highly recommends them for further study and application. Motivated women who desire a natural option are excellent candidates for these methods.


Physician Assistant Studies

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Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

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Metzger, Jay

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Fertility; Natural Family Planning Methods; Comparative Study


Medicine and Health Sciences

The Effectiveness, Benefits, and Challenges of FertilityAwareness-based Methods of Family Planning