“Oh baby, I know we’re 3 months into TEOTWAWKI, and we have tons of stuff to do, wood to chop, a garden to weed, animal traps to set and clothes to mend, but seriously, baby – I need a little action.”
“Keep it in your pants, honey. There’s no birth control available, no doctor on call, and no hospital that’s staffed. So . . . no.”
File this one under the “too much information” (TMI) category.
This is no laughing matter. WTSHTF, medical care in developed countries will quickly resemble care in third world countries – at the very best – likely worse.
Women never used to have a higher life expectancy than men until advances in medical care reduced the rate at which women die during child birth. Today’s statistics are that 1 in 1,800 women in developed countries will die from pregnancy/pregnancy-related reasons; 1 in 48 in third world countries.
The most common direct causes of maternal death are severe bleeding (25%), infection (15%), unsafe abortion (13%), eclampsia (pregnancy induced hypertension often accompanied by seizures, 12%) and obstructed labor (8%). Source: http://www.deathreference.com/Me-Nu/Mortality-Childbirth.html
This is serious business if a woman becomes pregnant in the post-apocalyptic world. How should you prevent unwanted pregnancy when over-the-counter birth control is not available?
Note: Ranger Man is NOT a doctor. Consult with your physician if you plan to employ any of these birth control methods.
Abstinence – This is a no-brainer. It’s 100% effective with no complications. There are other ways you and your partner can . . . well . . . you figure it out.
Standard Days Method – This method is fairly straightforward. The woman monitors her menstrual cycle in order to track days 8-19 when the woman is most fertile. Between days 1 and 7, it’s quite unlikely that a woman can become pregnant. During days 20-32 it’s also unlikely that a woman will become pregnant. This method is best used when the woman has a regular cycle that’s between 26 and 32 days. When this method is employed regularly and consistently, it’s been stated to have 95% effectiveness.
Rhythm Method – This was one of the first fertility methods widely practiced. I’m not covering it here, though. It’s too unreliable and post-TEOTWAWKI, you’ll want something reliable.
Basal Body Temperature Method – This method requires the woman to take her temperature every day first thing in the morning before she gets out of bed. When she ovulates, her temperature will increase anywhere from half a degree to a full degree and will remain elevated. When a sustained increase in temperature lasts for at least three days, ovulation is taking place. There is a 24-hour window during which time the egg can be fertilized, but sperm can survive inside a woman for up to seven days. This method, when used consistently and correctly, can be very effective. It requires a special thermometer, however.
– Ranger Man