In addition, we created a summary measure, the comprehensive awareness of contraception index, that summed correct responses on the 18 items concerning appropriate methods for women of different parities and those concerning method-specific knowledge, as well as four additional items: whether women were aware that the Standard Days Method
is appropriate for delaying a first pregnancy, and that the pill, condoms and the Standard Days Method
may be used to space subsequent pregnancies.
at Georgetown University, Washington, and coinvestigator in the efficacy study of the bead-based Standard Days Method
(Contraception 65:333-38, 2002).
Women correctly using the calendar method were classified as Standard Days method
users; those not using it correctly were placed in the "some risk" category if they were not using another method.
Natural fertility awareness methods such as Standard Days Method
(SDM) have proven to be effective.
While speaking, Ledesma would often hold up a string of beads used in the Standard Days Method
, supposedly the simplest.
The role of the Standard Days Method
in modern family planning services in developing countries," European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care 17(4): 254-259.
Percentage of women experiencing unintended pregnancy within the first year Percentage of use of women continuing Typical Perfect use at Method use use one year No method 85 85 Spermicides 29 18 42 Withdrawal 27 4 43 Fertility awareness-based methods 25 51 Standard Days method
5 TwoDay method 4 Ovulation method 3 Sponge Parous women 32 20 46 Nulliparous women 16 9 57 Diaphragm with spermicide 16 6 57 Condom without spermicide Female (Reality) 21 5 49 Male 15 2 53 Combined pill and minipill 8 0.
Only App Based on the Standard Days Method
of Family Planning
Our experience shows that offering methods such as the Standard Days Method
(SDM) opens a doorway for those who are closed to the idea of family planning" said Priya Jha, Country Representative, Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) India.
Citizen News Service - CNS is connecting 'two dots' between two important consultations that addressed this issue from their very unique perspectives: International Symposium on Accelerating Multipurpose Prevention Technologies for Reproductive Health organized by Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), Coalition for Advancing Multipurpose Innovations /Initiative for Multipurpose Innovations (CAMI/IMPT), US Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Health Organization (WHO); and Clinical and Programmatic Guidance on the Standard Days Method
, organized by the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), Georgetown University and USAID India.