Sensiplan is the most advanced version of symptothermal methods, a significant improvement from all other symptothermal methods in terms of methodology, scientific studies on its reliability and flexibility, as well as teaching materials. If you are an Ob-Gyn outside of Germany, this is not the same method you were taught at university. It is three steps beyond.
Sensiplan® is a scientific method of fertility awareness, where we learn to observe the body signals of female fertility, which clearly change during the cycle.
These signs make it possible to determine with great accuracy fertile and infertile days throughout the cycle, and they can also alert of hormonal diseases.
Therefore, the methodology used by Sensiplan® is suitable:
Sensiplan® teaches women how to monitor two body signals in double-check (also called biomarkers):
Sensiplan® offers the same efficacy as the Pill. It is the most studied and effective method available. Out of 100 people who apply the method correctly, 0.4 will get unintentionally pregnant over one year (method-efficacy, or perfect-method, i.e. no vaginal penetration during the fertile window). No single birth control method is 100% reliable, that is right: even tube-ligation or vasectomy still present slim chances of unintended pregnancy.
The efficacy of the method is influenced by the user’s compliance to the rules, and this is true for any form of birth control. For instance, you need to take the Pill every day at the same time, to have maximum efficacy (which is equal to 0.3). If you start skipping pills, or changing the time you take it, the efficacy decreases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 9 out 100 people who are on the pill will get unintentionally pregnant over one year (user-efficacy or Typical-use). For Sensiplan®, Typical-use efficacy is 1.8, making Sensiplan® more reliable than oral hormonal contraception and more reliable than any other fertility awareness method, as the most extensive systematic review ever carried out confirmed in August 2018 (see picture, where T stands for Typical-use and P for Perfect-use).
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Sensiplan® is totally free of any health side-effect. It is a monitoring method that makes the people aware of what happens with their own fertility, a form of literacy that increases your self-esteem, sovereignty and self-determination. It is a form of lasting emancipation.
Sensiplan® preserves ovulation, which is a pillar of mental and physical health, while hormonal contraception suppresses ovulation and has been linked to breast cancer, loss of bone density, loss of nutrients, loss of libido, depression, blood clots, and dozens of other side effects. You can read the 2019 book by Dr. Sarah Hill “How the pill changes everything”.
Many books, devices and apps have landed on the market in the last years.
Contraceptive apps have not been scientifically tested and are extremely unreliable. Moreover, they do not teach you body literacy, i.e. how to use the cycle as the fifth vital sign.
Medical devices like the Daysy and Natural Cycles are not symptothermal methods, but rhythm/calendar methods with a little bit of temperature-taking, and their efficacy has been disputed. Better-quality research is needed. Similarly, they do not teach body literacy. Daysy costs €299 and Natural Cycles around €65 per year. Hormonal contraception costs vary, e.g. Nuvaring costs €252 per year in Germany.
All in all, Sensiplan® offers more benefits, education, expert support and scientific evidence at a competitive price.
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