Natural family planning

Natural family planning is when a woman works out when she’s in the most fertile phase of her monthly cycle, and avoids sex without contraception during this time.

Natural family planning doesn’t mean “withdrawal” (removing the penis before the man ejaculates). You should only use natural family planning if you have been taught by a specialist, so you can use it effectively.

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Every woman is different and natural family planning needs to be thoroughly understood if it is to be effective.

Natural family planning will not protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The best way to protect yourself from STIs is to use a condom every time you have sex.

Not sure which type of contraception is right for you? Worried because you've had sex without a condom? Let us help you choose the right option.

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See the FPA website for a range of downloadable leaflets on contraception and sexually transmitted infections.

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