Two years ago I wrote a post called Cheap Sex where I talked about how I took advantage of store promotions to fill my birth control prescription and save money. Now we’re married, thinking about kids, and I figure it’s time for a cheap sex update!
We’re in the process of switching to a new method of fertility control called the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). Note, this is NOT the same as the much-maligned “rhythm method” which fails because it does not account for ongoing variations in a woman’s fertility cycle. The FAM method is the ultimate in cheap sex. All you need is to learn the method from a book, video, or class, and purchase a thermometer. Basically, a woman measures and charts several physical indicators (including waking temperature and cervical fluid) and uses the chart to determine when she is fertile. When she is not fertile, it is safe to have unprotected sex. It’s simple, effective, and CHEAP!
Of course, this method isn’t for everyone. It requires some knowledge and responsibility to chart effectively, and does not protect against STD’s. It works best for women in a monogamous committed relationship, like me!
The benefits of this method include increased awareness of my body, and my charts can help me have more meaningful discussions with my doctors in the future. The charts can reveal hidden health issues, help a doctor schedule tests and procedures at the proper time, and correctly identify the date of conception. As we’re cutting costs and planning for children, this method is a great way for us to keep on having cheap sex.
If you are interested and want to learn more, I highly recommend the book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler.