(Closed) Non-Hormonal BC Options

posted 10 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Which non-hormonal birth control do you use, and why? (Please include a bit of info on it)
    FAM (Fertility Awareness Method) : (7 votes)
    21 %
    Barrier Method : (0 votes)
    Condoms, Contraceptive Sponges, Spermicide : (18 votes)
    53 %
    Withdrawal : (6 votes)
    18 %
    Diaphragms : (0 votes)
    Other (Please explain) : (3 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
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    2680 posts
    Sugar bee

    I am on birth control so dont really have any advice other than maye you can try a low hormonal birth control? I have a family history of breast cancer and I take the lowest hormonal birth control there is, the brand name is Desogen – maybe you can talk to you doctor about it?

    Post # 5
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    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We used the Sympto-Thermal method along with condoms for a few months before deciding to get pregnant.  The basic concept behind the method is that you are determining when you are ovulating (when you are most fertile) by taking daily body temperatures and tracking other ovulation symptoms, such as changes in cervical muccus.   For me, I took my temperature every morning at 6 am and then tried to decide the consistency of my cervical muccus every time I went to the bathroom.  After a while, I began to notice other body-specific symptoms of ovulation, like increased hunger.  Once you identify your fertile periods, you can either choose to abstain during that time or use a barrier method, like condoms.  The most important thing is that you’ll want to completely abstain/use a barrier method for the first couple months of use.  This is the time with the most user error (while users are getting comfortable with the method), so you have to be extra careful during the learning period.  Also, it will take a month or two to get the Mirena hormones out of your system, so you may find your charts significantly changing after the intial 1-2 months.

    Many people chart temps and body changes on paper, but I prefer http://www.fertilityfriend.com.  It’s a free, online service that charts your temps/symptoms and creates easy-to-read charts, graphs, etc… showing your fertile periods.  Also, the website has a bunch of free information, pictures, and videos about the Sympto-Thermal method that help explain what you’re looking for.  Many people using this method also read the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility.  I found it very easy to read and understand, plus it has a bunch of pictures in the back to help you understand the descriptions.  If possible, you could also look into a class.  Sometimes hospitals or churchs will sponsor a class if there is enough interest in your area (there wasn’t in mine).

    We were very happy with the Sympto-Thermal method and condoms.  It was definitely the best choice for us.  Plus, I have WB to thank for turning me on to NFP!  Thanks to the encouragement of some others on this board, I started checking out this method and eventually we decided to try it out.  Good luck!

    Post # 6
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    14181 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Every time i see “FAM” (or bam) i think “fam-a-lama-ding-dong” like Greece-style with the leather pants and everything….=]

    Oh and ps withdrawal is not actually a “method”! It’s not the smartest thing at all….i hope nobody clicks that.

    Post # 7
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    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Lol, ejs.  Do you watch crappy reality tv?  Last night on “Tool Academy 2,” a couple said their bc choice was the withdrawl method.  I laughed so hard at that!

    Post # 9
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    14181 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    No, not anymore, =( but a friend of mine loves Tool Academy!

    Oooo that couple needs a visit from the gynecologist, lol. Dont’ we all know better by now how unsafe that is? That’s just asking to get knocked up. Those sperms are sneaky.

    Plus, seriously, that is so cruel to do to a guy!!! LOL

    Post # 11
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    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @ crebre80 – NP!  I’m very happy to share my experience here because I’m hoping to inspire others like other bess inspired me.  🙂  I also went off hormonal bc for medical reasons, and I’m much happier with a natural approach.  Plus, one of the best side effects is that my sex drive like doubled!  My husband was so happy…

    @ ejs – The counselor was like, “That’s not a birth control method; that’s a method for trying to conceive.”  They seriously looked so confused when she told them that  withdrawl is completely ineffective!

    Post # 13
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    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @ crebre80 – I think a cervical cap or diaphragm and spermicide will be fine for the first couple months.  🙂  Good luck!  I hope you have as positive of an experience as we did!

    Post # 14
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    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Today Sponge!

    I was on the nuva ring for 4 years. I told everyone how amazing it was, and reccomended it to all my friends. I only went off of it because I was sick and missed a gyno appointment so I ran out. THANK GOD! Being off of it made me feel human again, I had no idea how much it changed me until I was off it. I was less argumentative, libido was back!, I had emotions!(and I lost 20 pounds! wooo)

    So I began the hunt to a new BC option, I didnt want anything hormonal, and we already use condoms every time (call me paranoid but I insist on two methods! lol) The today sponge had just come back on the market.

    You put it in whenever (can be right before sex, unlike foams, etc) and you can leave it in for up to 30 hours. He cant feel it (and if he could I doubt he’d know since its soft and spongey lol).

    Removal is a bit more difficult than removing a tampon, but no different than removing the ring was.

    The only downside for me is it tends to reduce wetness (blush!) but nothing a little lubercant cant solve.

     

    @mrsspring! I love trashy reality tv! All I could think was… oh please dont let those two reproduce!

    Post # 15
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    @crebre, oh no!! So ineffective, eesh. It’s like saying you didn’t *really* have sex with the dude if he only *kinda* went in, lol. You’re only “kind of” going to get pregnant on withdrawal at some point.

    @mrs.spring, i can’t wait for my sex drive to come back! It’s the only downfall of my bc, but all the good outweighs the bad so i’m stuck on it. I wonder what that’s like, LoL. I bet my husband has fantasies about that, HAHA.

    @cre, i have a friend who SWEARS by her diaphragm. She says it doesn’t bother her at all.

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