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3. Behavioral Methods

Behavioral birth control is both free and requires no prescription; but it is not reliably effective.

The most popular behavioral method is withdrawal, but some couples rely on "fertility awareness methods," or FAMs. These depend on a woman getting in tune with her ovulation cycle and/or mucous discharge so she can predict the days she is most--and least--fertile. Timing can be difficult to get right since sperm can live in a woman's body for five or six days and an egg survives for one day after ovulation.  While each of these FAMs can work, they are only about 80 percent effective, and that’s if the methods are used precisely as recommended. 

Watch this to learn about the effectiveness of the withdrawal method. 

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