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For example, eight of 36 people who bought Postpill in the pharmacy said that periodic abstinence was their main method of birth control.
Discontinuation of the other methods studied: injectable (49%), periodic abstinence (53%) and withdrawal (57%) although observed to be higher than the range estimated for sub Saharan Africa (15), may also be due to the need for spacing among the sample of previous users.
As the experience of many couples shows, such practices foster enhanced communication between spouses, in that a successful program of procreative responsibility through periodic abstinence requires discussion of various factors, cooperation, and mutual sacrifice.
In an analysis using information from 18 developing countries (including the Philippines), the average failure rate was 22% for periodic abstinence and 15% for withdrawal, compared with 7% for the pill, 10% for the condom and IUD, and 2-3% for injectables.
Because the length of a woman's menstrual cycles can vary, and because refraining from sexual intercourse places some couples under strain, periodic abstinence is not always effective or easy to practice.
The median results from the most recent survey for the 13 countries where both types of information were available show that 59% of those using condoms at last coitus had earlier in the interview reported current use of this method for family planning, 7% reported current use of a non-barrier method of contraception; 4% used periodic abstinence or withdrawal while the rest had repotted no current contraceptive use.
He argues, however, that, while periodic abstinence can serve the poetics of intimacy, institutionally mandated, long-term abstinence does not.
Periodic abstinence encourages nongenital expressions of intimacy that enrich a couple's relationship.
Women were asked whether they had heard of or used periodic abstinence and their knowledge of the fertile period.
It is unreasonable to expect a married couple to restrict family size using periodic abstinence.

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