COLUMN: Although popular, the rhythm method isn't safe for teens

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 | 10:49 a.m. CDT; updated 4:25 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The first time I heard about fertility awareness birth control, it was from a friend whose religious gynecologist wouldn’t give her an intrauterine device and instead suggested she give natural family planning a whirl. She passed on the offer and looked into other options (and doctors), as I would have too. Chancing it on the calendar, I joked, was probably the reason all of my Catholic aunts and uncles have many more children than my parents. Although it's fine for couples who could risk the 25 percent failure rate, it wasn’t for my friend and me.