Mar 022010
Authors: Ryan Sheine

Sexually active college students have tried condoms, birth control pills and even diaphragms to prevent pregnancies.

Few, if any, have gambled with the so-called “rhythm method,” which relies on studies of a woman’s menstrual cycle to predict periods of infertility when partners can have unprotected sex without fear of pregnancy.

At noon today in the Lory Student Center, rooms 214-216, senior sociology major Meredith Dickinson will speak about her experience with the “Fertility Awareness Method.” The method, which is based on the rhythm method, was first proposed in Toni Wescheler’s book, “Taking Charge of Your Fertility.”

The talk is one of the office’s Women at Noon productions, which address women’s issues each Wednesday.

“Learning about birth control and reproductive cycle is very important for college women, and it impacts them directly,” said Kathryn Woods, the assistant director of the office of Women’s Programs and Studies at CSU.

“It’s always a good idea to be more aware of our bodies and how our bodies work,” she said.

The Fertility Awareness Method claims to offer an alternative birth control method to prescription versions of birth control. It helps a woman know which days of the month she is most likely to get pregnant.

It accounts for the timing of a woman’s menstrual cycle, her secretions throughout the cycle and the symptoms experienced during the cycle.

“I think it’s vitally important for women here and women around the world to be aware of different methods,” said assistant sociology professor Lori Peek.

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