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humanist - 04:58am Nov 18, 2000 SGT (
natural family planning

Most Singaporeans have a false impression that the women right movement traces its root to their Christian belief. In fact, there is very far from the truth. If you read about early American history, about the sad story of how one woman (I can't remember her name) tries to bring in contraceptive to America (in early 19th century) so that poor women can better control their reproductive system. She was opposed by the religious establishment and was force to abandon her family and lived in France. In fact, women right movement is against the conservative male-dominance (Christian) doctrine.

Christians (men) have always view the loss of control of the woman's reproductive system as a treat to male-dominance doctrine. Hence, Christians strongly advocate NATURAL family planning. In fact, many Christian couples have to go through some sort of marriage preparation course in which they misled you to believing that natural family planning is as effective as using a condom. The SCIENTIFIC fact is this is further from the truth. Further, if the man can control himself to practice NATURAL family planning then he must have a serious libido problem. It is all about control and subjugation.

Anyway, here is an article about the unpredictability of women fertility circle which points out that natural family planning is total BULL-SHIT. Note that they are talking about the PERK of fertility. If you want to be safe, you can only do it during menstruation.

-------------- NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who are trying to get pregnant can buy a plethora of products to help them determine their most fertile days of the month. But according to new study findings, these 6 days, which are thought to fall between days 10 and 17 of a regular 28-day menstrual cycle, are highly variable.

Although women are often told that they ovulate about 14 days before having their next period, the study found that women ovulated anywhere from 7 to 19 days before menstruation.

``The main message of our study is that the average time of fertile days isn't very helpful to a given woman in a given cycle. Ovulation...can be so variable for any particular woman that she will never be sure when her fertile days will fall in any particular cycle,'' lead author Dr. Allen J. Wilcox told Reuters Health.

``Until someone comes up with a product that predicts ovulation 5 or 6 days ahead of time, these kits are going to be of limited use for women who want to conceive,'' he added.

The report, published in the November 18th issue of the British Medical Journal, suggests that the window of peak fertility falls anywhere between days 8 and 15 of a regular 28-day menstrual cycle.

Wilcox and colleagues from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Durham, North Carolina analyzed the menstrual cycles of 213 women who were trying to get pregnant. The researchers measured the timing of ovulation by measuring hormone levels in urine.

Only 30% of the time did a woman's entire fertile period fall during the time identified by current guidelines--days 10 to 17. Seventeen percent of women were fertile by the 7th day of their cycle and 54% were fertile by days 12 and 13.

Fertile days were even more variable for women with irregular cycles. For example, 4% to 6% of these women were potentially fertile in the fifth week of their cycles. In the study, ovulation occurred anywhere from 8 to 60 days after menstruation.

Most couples trying to have a baby will conceive within the first 6 months of trying, Wilcox said. The study authors advise couples trying to conceive to have intercourse two or three times a week.

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