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: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111404 Reproduction @ 30%
10 TECHNOLOGY > 1004 Medical Biotechnology > 100402 Medical Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl Biosensors) @ 40%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110302 Clinical Chemistry (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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