FAM ‘n condoms.
They’re not hormonal, so I feel like…myself! Woot!
I know my body much better than I would have if I artificially controlled my fertility.
FAM isn’t something you necessarily have to do religiously every day (I don’t record my temp every day, too many schedule/location changes). After the first few months, you can tell when something is off or when you should avoid sexytime. If you forget to check, your body will still be functioning the same way, so nothing is actually thrown off.
As you become more comfortable and knowledgable with your body, you will become better at addressing issues that BC supposedly “fixes.” Taking special care of your skin during hormone fluxes, making it a point to exercise/relax right before your period to take care of cramps, etc. (TMI warning: I used to get awful, awful cramps, but as soon as I stopped freaking out about my period and just accepted it and relaxed, they got better, and sex/exercise eradicated the rest completely. Victory!)
I make smart decisions about my sexuality and stay healthy.
I have to make smart decisions about my sexuality and can’t jump my boyfriend any time I please. Boo. 🙁
Spermicide can dry you out, and condoms can be irritating.
FAM may not be good for you if you have irregular periods. It works great for me because I have long, generally regular cycles (more safe days for sexytime) and pretty intense mittelschmerze (meaning (TMI): really heavy wetness combined with spotting and abdominal pains on the right or left side…in other words, I know when I’m ovulating to the point that I know which ovary I’m ovulating from and when. Craziness.)
A natural cycle isn’t as predictable or regimented as a BC cycle.
FAM means getting up close and personal with your lady bits. Some girls may not like checking their cervix or monitoring their wetness…but it’s really not that gross. You stick your hands in your mouth too. 😛 Just don’t check unless your hands are absolutely clean (in the shower), and try to keep it to once a day or less.
Aaand that’s enough info, haha.
As to the “withdrawal method”…Don’t underestimate those sperm! The little buggers can last for up to five days and swim vast expanses of vag, hiding in crevices! It’s a procreating jungle out there. Stay protected.
…this must be the ultimate Too Much Information thread.