Research brief: 'Rhythm method' link to embryo deaths

The 'rhythm method' results in more embryo deaths than the coil, emergency contraception or the Pill, a UK expert has claimed. Professor Luc Bovens, from the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, at the London School of Economics and Political Science, argues that the rhythm method, the only contraceptive approved by the Catholic Church, is successful not because it prevents conception, but because embryos conceived on the fringe of fertile periods are unlikely to survive when the uterine wall is inhospitable (J Med Ethics 2006; 32: 355-6).

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