rhythm method

noun

: a method of birth control involving abstinence during the period in which ovulation is most likely to occur

Examples of rhythm method in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neither is using an internal condom or the rhythm method. Leah Ansell, Verywell Health, 24 Dec. 2023 After all, the rhythm method helped my parents with family planning back ... Teresa M. Hanafin, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2022 Predictions made using these forms of analysis are similar to what’s known as the rhythm method, which has long been used to prevent pregnancy. WIRED, 2 Nov. 2022 Condoms, withdrawal, the Sponge, fertility awareness (rhythm method) and spermicide — which can be among the less effective forms of pregnancy prevention — are not included. Julie Washington, cleveland, 11 July 2022 Luardo and her boyfriend opted for a calendar rhythm method to avoid pregnancy, considered one of the least effective forms of birth control. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2021 Out of rhythm method Of course, these are the ideal conditions; the reality is much messier, and, all in all, BBT is not a reliable proxy for ovulation. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 15 Aug. 2018 By contrast, the rhythm method relies on recording the length of past menstrual cycles to determine one’s fertile window. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, 24 May 2018 According to Planned Parenthood, 24 couples out of every 100 who use the rhythm method incorrectly have an unplanned pregnancy. Brittney McNamara, Teen Vogue, 16 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rhythm method was in 1934

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“Rhythm method.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhythm%20method. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

rhythm method

noun
: a method of birth control in which a couple does not have sexual intercourse during the time when ovulation is most likely to occur

Medical Definition

rhythm method

noun
: a method of birth control involving abstinence during the period in which ovulation is most likely to occur

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