Story: Contraception and sterilisation

Temperature chart

Temperature chart

This temperature chart was used by women to try to determine the time in their menstrual cycle that was least likely to result in pregnancy. The 'rhythm method'  was popular from the 1930s, especially with those whose religion forbade contraceptives. However, it was not very effective, as it is often difficult to assess the precise stages of a woman's menstrual cycle.

Courtesy of Family Planning, Dame Margaret Sparrow Collection

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Jane Tolerton, 'Contraception and sterilisation - Early 20th-century methods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/26981/temperature-chart (accessed 29 May 2020)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Dec 2018