Self-monitoring of fertility hormones: a new era for natural family planning?

Blackwell, Leonard, Cooke, Delwyn, and Brown, Simon (2018) Self-monitoring of fertility hormones: a new era for natural family planning? Linacre Quarterly, 85 (1). pp. 26-34.

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Abstract

Natural family planning (NFP) methods have served many generations well, and in particular, the symptothermal or symptohormonal methods. The comparison of daily mucus and temperature records for individual cycles with daily hormone measurements, which is now possible, shows that some of the assumptions underlying NFP may not be completely accurate. The various methods are inadvertently depending on an element of chance, which, of course, cannot be known by the NFP user. However, it is statistically inevitable that such errors will result eventually in an unexpected pregnancy, and these discrepancies are the likely reason for the method failures. Further research and integration of home hormone measurements with NFP symptoms are needed.

Item ID: 53007
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2050-8549
Keywords: urinary hormones; self-monitoring; natural family planning
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 02:58
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3215 Reproductive medicine > 321503 Reproduction @ 30%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3206 Medical biotechnology > 320602 Medical biotechnology diagnostics (incl. biosensors) @ 40%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320202 Clinical chemistry (incl. diagnostics) @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920203 Diagnostic Methods @ 50%
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