(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 # 17
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    14181 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Meh, same with the ring. Anytime something is up there, I think it’s safe to say it’ll sometimes be felt. Sometimes it popped out and i’d be like, “oh excuse me” and go rinse it off and put it back in. There was no way to do that all sexy lemme tell ya

    Hmmm okay no diaphgram for you!

    There, now we’re all Too Much Information. And i’m not blushing, LOL. Story of my life

    Post # 18
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    2640 posts
    Sugar bee

    I heard a OB/GYN say this “joke”.  What do you call a couple that uses withdrawl for birth control?…..parents. 

    Anyway, I use kind of a hybrind of Creigthon and Sympto-Thermal.  I learned Creighton, but take my temps.

    Post # 20
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    FAM ‘n condoms.

    Pros:

    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.

    Cons:

    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.

    Post # 21
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    253 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    crebre80, if you like your IUD other than the hormonal part, can you try a non-hormonal copper IUD?  If you issues were with the device itself, rather than the hormones, disregard…but I know a couple women on copper IUDs who love them.

    Post # 23
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    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’m going to echo HL. Have you considered a copper IUD?  They’re non-hormonal, so you won’t have any side effects from hormones, but copper IUDs do have their own side effects like heavier periods, worse cramps, and spotting.

    Post # 25
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    @HL, I might be crazy wrong, but doesnt the copper iud work because the body treats it similar to a hormone, so youd still have similar problems as you would with hormonal BC…

     

    I THINK!

    Post # 27
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    @crebre but I think the copper kills the sperm by causing the body to react the same way that progesterone does.

    I think some women will have the same negative effects of hormonal birth control when using the copper iud. I believe most however do not.

    Id be rather upset if I got a copper IUD intending to avoid the effects of hormonal BC, and end up having the same results.

    Post # 28
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    14181 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I just looked up the difference b/n copper and hormonal IUDs….it’s interesting

    Hormonal and copper IUDs work in different ways. With a copper IUD, a small amount of copper is released into the uterus. This type of IUD does not affect ovulation or the menstrual cycle. Copper IUDs prevent sperm from being able to go into the egg by immobilizing the sperm on the way to the fallopian tubes. If an egg does become fertilized, implantation on the wall of the uterus is prevented because copper changes the lining of the uterus.

    With hormonal IUDs, a small amount of progestin or a similar hormone is released into the uterus. These hormones thicken cervical mucus and make it difficult for sperm to enter the cervix. Hormonal IUDs also slow down the growth of the uterine lining, making it inhospitable for fertilized eggs.

    Post # 30
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    @crebre, yeah i know what you mean. Lots of women have issues with the IUD because you *could* have a fertilized egg that doesn’t make it due to the copper. It doesn’t kill the egg I guess, it makes the uterus an inhospitable environment which in turn is how it doesn’t work out. However, I would imagine that hormonal birth controls work the same way–it alters your uterine lining so that if soemthing DOES happen, your body is not capable of taking care of it. Realistically, you can’t know 100% how hormones affect your body and what’s going on until science comes up with a way to pinpoint the moment of fertilization. Definitely a personal choice, as they all are

    Post # 31
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    For those of you on the “natural method” how do you know when you are able to get pregnant? Is your “wettness” higher or lower during this time? where is a good place to get the best information on these natural methods of knowing your bodys cycle?

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