The “Marquette Model” involves supplementing traditional NFP methods with a fertility monitor. The University has recently received a grant from Department of Health and Human Services (last chance for grants like that, I’d say) to test the effectiveness of its method.
It will divide the couples into two groups. One group will use mucus-only method, while the other group will use sympto-thermal, supplemented by the fertility monitor.
Not sure if I agree with their protocols, though. The whole appeal of the LH testing is that it avoids the meticulous symptom checking and charting of sympto-thermal. They should really do it the other way around.
In any case, it’s a cool study, and, if you qualify, you get a $200 fertility monitor kit for free. They are looking for “committed’ couples (the federal grant will not allow them to turn away couples woh are unmarried and otherwise eligible, but the couple *must* be monogamous) who are solidly commited to avoiding pregnancy. The woman must not have recently taken chemical contraceptives, but she must not be breastfeeding, either.