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The Standard Days Method (SDM) is a relatively new method of natural family
you and your partner avoid unwanted pregnancies. Developed by researchers at the Ins
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This can help you to avoid having unprotected sex during fertile periods of your menstrual
How Was The Standard Days Method Developed?
The Standard Days Method was actually developed using highly sophisticated
analyses of thousands of menstrual cycles lasting between 26 and 32 days.
Data from more than 7,500 different menstrual cycles was compiled and
recorded by computers. This data was then analyzed in order to find out when
fertile days occurred during a woman's menstrual cycle.
All aspects of fertility were taken into account, including ovulation and the
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concludes that the most fertile days of a woman's cycle are Days 8 through
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Between Day 1 and Day 7, it is highly unlikely that you will become pregnant, so it is safe
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Between Day 8 and Day 19, you are at your most fertile. You and your partner should
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Between Day 20 and 32 you are unlikely to get pregnant, so you can resume sexual interc
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Many women who practice SDM use CycleBeads to help them keep track of the days in
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CycleBeads are a string of 32 color-coded beads, shaped into a necklace. There
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of beads on the CycleBead necklace:
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Red: There is one red bead on the CycleBead ne
stands for the first day in your menstrual cycle. It
get your menstrual period.
Brown: The brown beads signify the days during
highly unlikely that you will get pregnant.
White: The white, glow-in-the-dark beads represe
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will know to abstain from sex or to use a form of
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Who Can Use the Standard Days Method?
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Your cycle is between 26 and 32 days long (SDM is less effective if your cycles are sh
longer than 32 days).
You and your partner are willing to abstain from intercourse or use protection during your
How Effective is the Standard Days Method?
When used regularly and consistently, SDM has been shown to be a highly effective birth
used perfectly, only five out of every 100 women will get pregnant. This means that the m
If you do not follow the method consistently, or if your cycle falls outside of the 26 to 32 day r
effective. With normal use, the Standard Days Method is approximately 88% effective in prev
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Benefits of Using the Standard Days Method
Emergency Contraception There are a number of benefits to using this type of natural planning method to help prevent
SDM is very easy to learn.
This method requires no calculations, record-keeping, or physical exams, unlike the
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Period There are no associated birth control side effects.
Drawbacks to the Standard Days Method
Unfortunately, the Standard Days Method is not meant for everyone. It cannot be used effect
cycles shorter than 26 days
cycles lasting longer than 32 days
Effectiveness also depends upon abstinence or the use of contraception during
may find it difficult to temporarily abstain from sex or using an alternate form of birth control.
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