There's a serious lack of fertility awareness in general practice


By Dr Joseph Turner

MENTION fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) or natural family planning (NFP) and most GPs envision a vague and difficult system of timed intercourse and abstinence with unacceptable contraceptive failure rates. We are way off-track. The fact is, modern FABMs have comparable efficacy in avoiding pregnancy (typical use 89.5%, perfect use 99%) to the combined oral contraceptive pill (typical use 91%, perfect use 99%).† In addition, FABMs are validated by rigorous physiological principles and clinical