Contraception failing to deliver

A new study reveals a pressing need for women to be provided with fertility education after statistics showed 60 per cent of unplanned pregnancies happened to women using contraception.

Natural Family Planning Program executive director Cheryl Curnow said the international study proves that in many cases the contraceptive pill and other devices are failing to prevent pregnancies.

"This study confirms the lack of knowledge women have about their bodies and education programs are urgently needed to reverse this situation," Ms Curnow said.

"Every woman needs fertility education - to know when she is fertile, when she is not, what damages fertility and how she can protect it.

"It is information every woman and every couple should have."

Ms Curnow said natural fertility control is evidence-based and reliable, effective and easy to learn.

"The couple alone is in control of the outcome - there are no chemicals or devices to fail. It is a natural, healthy alternative in family planning," she said.

"We welcome suggestions that the Federal Government fund a national sex education campaign, and we would urge it to focus many of those resources on teaching women the basic information about their own fertility," Ms Curnow said.

"At a time when many women are disillusioned with the contraceptive treadmill, comprehensive fertility education and instruction in Natural Family Planning is an attractive, effective and natural way forward for many couples."

New study on unplanned pregnancies highlights urgent need for natural fertility education (Herald Sun 31/01/08)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Natural Family Planning Program
Natural Family Planning (Wikipedia)
Australian Council of Natural Family Planning

Natural family planning as good as pill, study finds (CathNews 23/02/07)
New President for Natural Family Planning Council (CathNews 16/11/04)
Family Planning Council announces theme for NFP Week (CathNews 03/08/05)

1 Feb 2008