Body Conscious Birth Control

Body Conscious Birth Control

by Ash

This thorough and informative zine gives a responsible walkthrough of FAM—Fertility Awareness Method. FAM teaches women to use fertility signs as a highly accurate form of birth control (more accurate than condoms when used correctly!). Body Conscious Birth Control is such a great resource about this empowering topic of reclaiming fertility, and is complete with helpful diagrams and drawings, not to mention your own blank fertility chart!


avatar AshBC 12/3/2011

Here's the fine print for you:
Method Failure of Condoms (perfect use): 2%
Typical User Failure: 15%
Method Failure of FAM: 2%
Typical User Failure: 10-12% (when you don't follow the rules with FAM you are very likely to get pregnant, which is why it's so important to be informed) **from "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" By Toni Weschler.
Maybe you don't understand that beyond good birth control (for the disciplined) practicing FAM is a reclamation of women's bodies and health. It is constantly attacked for this reason, so yes it needs defense, especially from the uninformed. FAM is an option, despite what pill-pushing doctors will say. I repeat, please read the zine/the many books/ask those who practice it before passing judgements and making statements that restrict a woman's choice. We already know the conventional story: Natural birth control is "risky." Maybe, just maybe, if we look beyond what is traditionally taught in this culture we can find a wisdom that surpasses pharmaceuticals and latex. That's for the individual to decide, I'm just trying to offer the information that was left out of sex ed class.

avatar ideoplastic 11/27/2011

Right...defend your preferred method of birth control from other people's judgments while making a similar castigation of another kind, oral contraceptives. Which FAM are you speaking of? The failure rate of perfect use is 3-5%, typical use a more reasonable 25%. Always read the fine print!

avatar AshBC 4/7/2011

*When used correctly, FAM has a failure rate of 2% (as opposed to 3% for condoms). NFP (what you refer to as the "Catholic Lottery") is practiced in varying forms, and doesn't necessarily encompass the scope of fertility signs. I am troubled that this is the general attitude towards FAM when I have successfully used it for over five years. In the meantime, at least half the people I know who are on the pill have had unplanned pregnancies. Please read this zine (better yet-ask those who use FAM responsibly) before passing judgements that may restrict a woman's choice.

avatar Hogbeast6 4/6/2011

When I was growing up we called this method the "Catholic lottery".