Let’s talk about sex, baby. Patrick Holford style.

I’ve just been flicking through Patrick Holford‘s Optimum Nutrition Bible. Naturally, the page on sex (p. 217) jumped out at me…

I was surprised to see that “[i]n [Holford’s] opinion the best method of contraception for any couple is knowing when ovulation occurs through observing temperature and vaginal mucus changes”. I know this was written in the 1990s – when Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) may have been less publicised – but this ‘natural’ method of contraception does have a number of disadvantages.

In fairness, Holford does acknowledge that condoms may be necessary for some parts of a woman’s cycle. However, for many or most people, it will be best for them to use ‘unnatural’ methods of contraception and of protection against STDs – condoms being an obvious example. Certainly, for Holford to argue that the ‘natural’ method of contraception which he advocates is best for “any couple” is not good advice.



Filed under contraception, patrick holford, rhythm method, sex, STDs

2 responses to “Let’s talk about sex, baby. Patrick Holford style.

  1. pv

    Holford for Pope, I say!

  2. Jon

    Nah, he does suggesting using condoms some of the time. Not that I’m any kind of theologian, but I think that means that – unless you confess your ‘sin’ – you’re still going to enjoy eternal damnation. At least it will be a more natural damnation, though…

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