January 10, 2015

For birth control, what's old is new again

(CNN)"I can't afford to get pregnant," says 25-year-old Aisha Mukooza.

So every morning, for the past two and a half years, Aisha's been strict about taking her temperature as soon as her alarm goes off at 6 a.m.

"I have my thermometer under my pillow. I take it, and then take the reading and put it in Kindara," Mukooza says.

These women are using Natural Family Planning, also known as Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM).

Ilene Richman, director of the Fertility Awareness Center, describes it this way, "It's a process of becoming aware of the signals your body is giving you and keeping track of them."
But, FAM can be a bad option for women with more irregular bleeding or frequent sources of infection or fever that make body temperature difficult to track.
"Even one day (miscalculated) can result in pregnancy," says DeNicola.
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