Standard Days/Calendar Method
This method involves keeping track of the days of a woman’s menstrual cycle and identifying the start and end of the fertile period. Couples must abstain from sex or use a contraceptive method on those days.
This method is reliable in women with regular menstrual cycles between 26 and 32 days long.
How good is the Standard Days Method at preventing pregnancy?
- If one hundred women used the Standard Days Method consistently and correctly and carried on with their normal sex life, five would get pregnant.
- Because this method is difficult to use, as commonly used about twenty-five women out of one hundred would get pregnant within a year of using this method.
What are the advantages of the Standard Days Method?
- The Standard Days Method has no side effects.
- This method is allowed within some religious and cultural beliefs that are against modern contraceptive methods.
- This method does not require any special supplies or visits to a health provider.This method can help women understand their bodies, and also help women who want to get pregnant.
- This method can encourage male involvement and couple communication.
What are the disadvantages of the Standard Days Method?
- This method cannot be used by women with irregular periods, breastfeeding women (who have not yet resumed their menstrual bleeding) or women with cycles that are not between 26-32 days long. If a woman has 2 or more cycles outside of this length within a year, it is not recommended to use this method.
- This method requires abstaining from sex or using another contraceptive for 12 days of a woman’s cycle each month (days 8-19), which may be difficult for many couples.
- This method requires keeping track of a woman’s cycle on a regular basis.
- This method does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV.