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close this bookWhere Women Have No Doctor - A Health Guide for Women (Hesperian Foundation, 1997, 600 p.)
close this folderChapter 13: Family Planning
close this folderNatural Methods of Family Planning
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View the documentBreastfeeding for the first 6 months (Lactational Amenorrhea Method, LAM)
View the documentThe mucus method and the rhythm method


There are also 3 methods to avoid pregnancy that do not require any devices or chemicals (as with barrier methods) or medicines (as with hormonal methods). The methods are:

· breastfeeding for the first 6 months
· the mucus method
· the rhythm method

Natural methods of family planning do not protect against STDs, including HIV/AIDS. If you use any of the natural methods listed in these pages, you still need to think about ways to protect yourself from these diseases.