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LESSON-1-2
LESSON-3
LESSON-4.1
LESSON-4.2
LESSON-5.1
LESSON-5.2
LESSON-6.1
LESSON-6.2
LESSON-7.1
LESSON-7.2
LESSON-7.3
LESSON-8
LESSON-9
LESSON-10.1
LESSON-10.2
LESSON-11
LESSON-12
LESSON-13.1
LESSON-13.2
LESSON-14
LESSON-15.1
LESSON-15.2
Contraception
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1
CHAPTER-2-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18-19

but not to the majority of normal people, despite good resolutions and 

habits. * * * We must consider the different bodily constitutions and 

passions--why some people without difficulty, others with the greatest 

difficulty, can master their feelings regarding sexual relations. * * * 

May those who try to better humanity in sexual respects first give their 

attention to the subject when well prepared with a rich experience and 

deep study, for otherwise they cannot give advice which can be followed, 

and their work should fail as being contrary to human nature." 

 

TEMPORARY CONTINENCE. Many married couples who are desirous of 

preventing too-frequent conception, or conception following too soon 

after the birth of the youngest child, practice the method of refraining 

from the marital sexual relations during certain periods in which 

conception is most likely to occur. This custom is said to be favored by 

those acting under the advice of their religious instructors, and who 

regard all methods of birth-control other than continence as sinful. 

Even the most orthodox objectors to birth-control as a general principle 

seem to regard this particular method as free from objection, providing 

that the married couple do not seek to entirely escape parenthood in 

this manner. 

 

This plan is based upon the well-known, and well-established 

physiological principle that THE TIME IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE MENSTRUAL 

PERIOD, AND STILL MORE, IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PERIOD IS THE MOST 

FAVORABLE TO CONCEPTION. Impregnation is most likely to occur just after 

the menstrual period; while from about two weeks after the beginning of 

the period, to a few days before the beginning of the next period, is 

the time of comparative sterility when impregnation and conception are 

the least likely to occur. Consequently, the authorities hold that the 

period of from ten to fifteen days after the END of the menstruation is 

one peculiarly free from the probability of impregnation and conception. 

 

This plan of temporary continence, continuing during the period in which 

conception is most probable, and terminating when that period has 

passed each month, until the new period approaches, is followed by many 

married couples with the full approval of the conscience and their 

religious guides. In many cases the result fulfills the expectations, 

though as there is a considerable variation observed among different 

women there is no absolute certainty to the plan considered as a 

birth-control method--at the best it is but taking advantage of the law 


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