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 Form 4 CRE online lessons on the family

Contraception as an aspect of responsible parenthood: Natural contraception

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Contraception as an aspect of responsible parenthood.
Contraception is the intentional prevention of a pregnancy following sexual intercourse. There are two types of contraception; natural and artificial.
Natural contraception:
The natural method of contraception involves couples abstaining from
sexual intercourse during certain periods of the month when the woman is fertile and is likely to conceive. This implies that a couple will only have sex during ‘safe periods’ when conception cannot occur as no eggs are produced by the ovaries at this time. This method is effective but it requires accurate calculation of the safe (infertile) and unsafe (fertile) periods in a woman’s monthly cycle. The method also requires a high level of self-discipline and co-operation between the husband and wife. The method is called natural because it does not require any artificial devices. It follows the natural rhythm of the woman’s fertility cycle without interfering with it or modifying it.