Post # 1
Fiance and I are getting married in December, and we really don’t want to get pregnant right away. We’ve talked about birth control options, but haven’t made any decisions. We know we don’t want to do any shots or implantables. I like the idea of the pill because it doesn’t require taking measures “in the moment”. But I don’t really like the idea of messing with my hormones, and I’m worried about some of the side effects (mainly lower sex drive and weight gain). Right now we’re leaning toward natural family planning and using a barrier method during the furtile time.
What are the pros and cons to the various barrier methods? What’s your success rate been with a diaphragm, cervical cap, or cervical shield? What advice do you have about spermicide? I’ve done some research online, but hearing about how practical these things are in real life would be helpful.
Post # 3
Another question, where do condoms rank in the barrier birth control options?
Post # 4
I beleive condoms are just as effective as most of the pills. Sadly nothing but abstaining will prevent you. With most methods, timing and consistency is key.
I think you should start charting your temps and getting into naturally family planning, so you have a better understanding of your cycle and what to look for/expect.
How about taking a pill and using a condom as much as possible…So should your condom break or you forget it , heat of the moment- you have a backup.
Post # 5
@Eva Peron: I’m curious, do you use NFP?
Fertility awareness method (NFP plus condoms) is a great secular method at preventing pregnancy but it requires a little self-control in that you have to chart your temperature and read some of the other fertility signs