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Which of the following is false regarding Calendar method? (AIPG 2008)



A Abstinence is needed for few days

B Associated with no costs

C Couples use muco-thermal methods

D More chances of ectopic pregnancy

Ans. D

More chances of ectopic pregnancy

1. Explanation

a. Calendar (safe period/rhythm) method is based on the fact that ovulation occurs between 12–16 days before the onset of menstruation and a fertile period is calculated at and around the day of ovulation.

b. While using this method for contraception the couple avoids intercourse during the fertile period of the menstrual cycle.

c. To achieve pregnancy, the couple is advised to have intercourse in the fertile period and preferably before the ovulation, since the fertilization between older oocyte or sperm may result in complications like ectopic pregnancy.

d. One variant of calendar method has been developed—the standard days method, which is more effective and has a more simple rules to follow.

e. It has been developed by researchers at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

2. In this system,

a. Days 1–7 of a woman’s menstrual cycle are considered infertile.

b. Days 8–19 are considered fertile.

c. Infertility is considered to resume beginning on day 20.

i. The earlier/original calendar method required compulsory abstinence of sexual intercourse for about half a month but the newer variant requires abstinence for few days only.

ii. The original method used to have high incidence of ectopic pregnancies but the newer method minimizes the chances of this complication significantly.

iii. The couple uses muco-thermal methods to achieve contraception in this newer method (the standard days method).

iv. Calendar method is associated with no costs.

3. Benefits:

a. Standard days method is 95% effective against pregnancy.

b. Disadvantages:

i. Standard days method cannot be used effectively by women with

ii. irregular periods

iii. cycles shorter than 26 days

iv. cycles lasting longer than 32 days.

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