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Other Birth Control Options

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How Does the Rhythm Method Work?

The rhythm method includes keeping track of changes in body temperature and vaginal discharge (fluid from the vagina) to pinpoint which days you are fertile. Ask your doctor how best to use the rhythm method.

How Effective Is the Rhythm Method?

The rhythm method is typically less than 87% effective.

Does the Rhythm Method Protect Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

No. The rhythm method does not protect against STDs, including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). The male latex condom provides the best protection from most STDs.

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Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on November 06, 2013
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