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Is it safe to use the rhythm method as a form of birth control?

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What are some important key points I would need to know if I was considering the rhythm method as a form of birth control?

This can be a very effective birth control method if used correctly, but when used incorrectly can have a very high failure rate. It is definitely not for everyone. Some very important considerations to properly assess if this method is for you:

  • You have a regular/predictable cycle that doesn’t easily fluctuate with stress or other factors.
  • You are interested in consistent charting of period timing, signs of ovulation through methods such as cervical mucous monitoring, basal body temperature, cervical position, and/or ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) for at least six months prior to considering this method as reliable.
  • You are okay with the use of a backup method or abstaining during your “fertile” days.
  • You have a consistent partner who is interested in being involved in the process.
  • You understand why/how this method can fail if not used correctly, and are at least mentally prepared for this as a potential outcome.

Here is more information to help you assess if this method if for you: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/fertility-awareness

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