In a previous article, I discussed the methods used in natural family planning. (You may check the article at philstar.com) However, I understand that there are couples who will have difficulty with the natural methods because of the complexities involved.
In Senator Juan Flavier’s book Family Planning Made Easy, he explains his reasons for promoting family planning. According to Dr. Flavier, many Filipino women and babies die because of the consequences of unplanned pregnancies. Some resort to dangerous abortions, which experts estimate at 500,000 cases a year. Oftentimes, the woman is too young to have children, and thus is physically, emotionally, and financially unprepared to care for a baby.
Here are the so-called artificial methods of family planning, including their effectiveness rate in preventing pregnancies in one year. As a point of comparison, natural family planning has an effectiveness rate of between 81% and 95%, depending on the skill of the couple.