The trends in the United States are instructive. By many measures, contraceptive use has increased since the early 1980s. However, the unintended-pregnancy rate today is almost exactly where it was in 1981. The 50 percent reduction in the . abortion rate since 1980 is not due to contraception. It is due to the fact that a higher percentage of women with unintended pregnancies are carrying them to term. Guttmacher statistics show that almost 54 percent of unintended pregnancies were aborted in 1981; that percentage fell to 40 percent by 2008.
The HHS contraceptive mandate is undoubtedly an important issue, but not for the reasons focused on by this New York Times piece . The Times could easily have published a useful, objective article, detailing the legislative and judicial history behind the mandate and presenting the reasons that social conservatives and religious employers oppose the mandate. Sadly, this article is yet another example of how the mainstream media is far more interested in publishing hit pieces on Trump-administration appointees rather than thoughtfully engaging in important public-policy debates with journalistic integrity.
Some methods of NFP track biological signs of fertility. When used outside of the Catholic concept of NFP, these methods are often referred to simply as fertility awareness-based methods rather than NFP.  The three primary signs of a woman's fertility are her basal body temperature , her cervical mucus, and her cervical position.  Computerized fertility monitors , such as Lady-Comp , may track basal body temperatures, hormonal levels in urine, changes in electrical resistance of a woman's saliva, or a mixture of these symptoms.