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 â€œrhythm method,â€ which relies on studies of a womanâ€™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 â€œFertility Awareness Method.â€ The method, which is based on the rhythm method, was first proposed in Toni Weschelerâ€™s book, â€œTaking Charge of Your Fertility.â€
The talk is one of the officeâ€™s Women at Noon productions, which address womenâ€™s issues each Wednesday.
â€œLearning about birth control and reproductive cycle is very important for college women, and it impacts them directly,â€ said Kathryn Woods, the assistant director of the office of Womenâ€™s Programs and Studies at CSU.
â€œItâ€™s always a good idea to be more aware of our bodies and how our bodies work,â€ 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 womanâ€™s menstrual cycle, her secretions throughout the cycle and the symptoms experienced during the cycle.
â€œI think itâ€™s vitally important for women here and women around the world to be aware of different methods,â€ said assistant sociology professor Lori Peek.
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