Can we use condoms during the fertile time instead of abstinence?

The Creighton Model FertilityCare System does not condone the use of condoms during the time of fertility as a means to avoid pregnancy. Condoms and other barrier methods can interfere with the ability to make accurate observations of the biomarkers of fertility. Condoms and other barrier methods are also not especially effective means of avoiding pregnancy, particularly if they are only used during the known time of fertility.  While the time of abstinence can be difficult for couples that are using the Creighton Model to avoid pregnancy, we hope that you will find it to be a rewarding challenge. The time of abstinence is an opportunity for couples to speak other “love languages” and express intimacy in spiritual, intellectual, emotional, creative, and non-arousing physical ways. The time of abstinence can also build excitement and renew romance for couples. If you or your spouse are finding this time to be too difficult, please talk with your Practitioner who can offer you some practical suggestions.

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