This panel was led by Monica Lambton, a Canadian volunteer who discussed the Billings Ovulation Method. In many countries alternate forms of birth control are unavailable or costly to most women. She stated that this method could be learned in two sessions and if followed correctly can be as effective as the birth control pill. As a consequence, women gain greater knowledge and control of their own bodies through this particular fertility management strategy. According to Ms. Lambton, natural family planning has no side effects and no cost, is immediately reversible, and can be used by nursing mothers. I find this method impractical because it would require women to keep strict schedules and they would still need to have another method of protection on the days when pregnancy is possible.
Often promoted by religious institutions in the Western countries, the Billings Ovulation method has been promulgated in developing nations such as China, India and the Philippines.
While it’s better to promote some kind of birth control than none, I would argue that these sorts of natural birth control do less to promote women and children’s health than they do specific religious and anti-abortion agendas.