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Ginekologia i Położnictwo medical project
ISSN 1896-3315 e-ISSN 1898-0759

Multidimensional analysis of aspects of using fertility awareness-based methods


Author(s): Alicja Kaminska

Introduction. Fertility awareness-based methods (FABM) are forms of family planning based on observing physiological indicators of the woman’s fertile and infertile period. When conception is not planned, the users limit intercourse to only the infertile days of the menstrual cycle, either by exercising periodic sexual abstinence or by using additional contraceptive methods. Aim. Analysis of the types of fertility awareness-based methods by women, the method and length of lerning the rules of the selected method, getting to know the opinions of women about previously used methods of observation the cycle or conception control methods and the reasons for giving up on them, as well as the simultaneous use of different methods and assessmet of the level of satisfaction with the application selected method. Materials and methods. The survey includet a group of 403 women of childbearing age who declare the use of fertility recognition methods. 372th questionnaires were included in the final analysis. Statistical analysis of the data was performed in the R language (version 3.6.2), using the RStudio environment. The p value <0.005 was adopted as significante. An ordinal scale ranging from 1 to 5 was used in the box plots. The median is represented by the bold line. Resulth. 37.1% of women used the symptothermal method according to Rötzer, 19.9% symptothermal method English, 12.9% Creighton Model Fertility Care System, 10.8% Lady- Comp, Baby-Comp and other computers. 21% of women previously used other methods of birth control, and 8% use an additional, different method at the same time as their fertility recognition method. Conclusions. The sympto-thermal method is the most commonly used FABM. The highest level of satisfaction and confidence is declared by the respondents using the Creighton Model. Women using fertility regulation methods and using an additional method of aontraception at same time are characterized by a lower lovel of satisfaction with the use of FRM. People most interested in FABM have higher education, live in formalized, permanent relationships, and are Roman Catholic