The first ten words were enough to make my blood boil. Although I figured it was a futile gesture on my part, I hunted up a contact e-mail address and sent a message:
You have some misinformation on this site: http://www.gannett.cornell.edu/topics/sexual/birthcontrol/contraception/natural.cfm
It says, "Natural family planning, (sometimes known as "the rhythm method").... which is false.
The rhythm method (or, more accurately, the Calendar Method) is a form of NFP but by no means the only one, so to imply that "NFP" and "rhythm method" are interchangeable terms is false and misleading, especially given that the Calendar Method is the least effective form (as few women have perfectly consistent 28-day cycles).
Other, more reliable methods of NFP include:
Billings Ovulation Method
Fertility Awareness Method
Please research these accordingly and update your site to correct the misinformation.
Like spitting in the ocean, right? Still, it made me feel a teeny bit better.
Imagine my surprise when I received a reply (emphasis mine):
Hi JoAnna,Thank you for your message. I have shared it with one of our sexual health clinicians and she agreed that there are, yes, a variety of methods, of which “rhythm” is the most well-known among laypersons. And yes, many of the other methods are more effective. We appreciate your close reading of our website and will be updating it shortly.In health,Heather [redacted], MPHPublic Health Communications SpecialistGannett Health Services
If you heard screams of frustration coming from the general direction of the Phoenix metro area earlier this morning, that was probably me.
Um, no, rhythm is NOT the most well-known among laypersons, unless you're in a time machine and have traveled back to 1969. What is the sociological basis for that assertion?
No reply as of yet. I'll update this post if there is one. In the meantime, anyone want to drop them a line informing Heather that her "sexual health clinician" needs a little re-education? Let's show them just how well-known NFP is among laypersons!
(And don't get me started on the assumption that all NFP users "are are opposed to, or don't want to use, other contraceptive options" - gah!)