(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 # 32
    1145 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2000

    Go on http://www.fertilityfriend.com. It has a great tracker and FAM daily email tutorial. I love how it can predict your periods into the future.  I learned tons and have been using it for 8 months.

    Post # 33
    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    @crebre – I understand completely and set off to google! Basically any method of birthcontrol using progestin (or copper which mimics progestin) acts in exactly the same way. Estrogen should prevent an egg from releasing so when using a combination pill, patch or ring, the chances of an egg getting fertilized ‘should’ be rare.

    I think the best method (besdes abstinence) to avoid fertilization/moment of conception issues would be barrier methods.


    Family planning girls: do you only use this, or do you use condoms (or something else) as well? After we’re married Id like to swtich to some type of natural planning, but the percentages of effectiveness just arent as high as id like to see them.

    Post # 34
    1523 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We use condoms.

    We made the decision for me to go off of hormonal brith control because I was having health problems associated with them. We have solely using condoms since February, no scares and I have been 100% happier. Fiance doesn’t mind using them either.

    On a side note, I have never wanted to try spermicides, I have heard some people have allergic reactions to them.

    Post # 35
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @ Lacylust – Temperatures tend to spike right before ovulation.  After three days or so of an elevated temperature, most people can assume they’ve ovulated for the month and can resume activity.  As far as cervical muccus is concerned, you’ll be the most wet with the “strechiest” cervical muccus during ovulation.  The rest of the time, your cm will either be very watery or you’ll be pretty dry. 

    @ goosegg1001 – We used condoms along with NFP; it was just a better choice for us.  However, remember that condoms are not 100% effective like abstinence is, so there’s still a chance of getting pregnant.  If you use abstinence with NFP, there’s a much lower chance of unplanned pregnancy.  And if you only have sex during the days of your cycle after you ovulate/when you’re on your period, the chances of unplanned pregnancy go down even further. 

    Post # 36
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I just wanted to add something about Copper IUDs.  The copper does not act the same as progestin, as far as I understand.  Copper is a natural spermicide, so it kills sperm, and it also makes the uterus and fallopian tubes produce a liquid of white blood cells, copper ions, and enzymes that kill sperm and prevents implantation if the eggs fertilizes.  Progestin makes the cervix produce a thick mucus (I hate the word mucus btw. haha) so that sperm can’t get through, but if the egg does get fertilized, then it makes the uterine lining thin so it won’t implant.  So while they have the same end, the means are very different.  There are side effects of copper IUDs, but they are not the same as other hormonal methods. (Got most of my info from webmd if you want to check it out)

    Post # 37
    1188 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    We use condoms and spermicical foam.  I have super sensitive skin and have been fine with both.  Went off hormonal BC about 8 months ago and never regretted it!

    Post # 39
    2004 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2008

    If you are looking into a type of natural planning, you should check out the sympto-thermal method (STM). It is generally regarded as the most effective natural family planning method (99% when used correctly). That is what is in the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility, but it is also a good thing to take a class on, as MrsSpring mentioned. I have been using it successfully for more than a year now, and I know my cycle so well that I only have to chart about a week and a half per month. It’s definitely worth it to not be putting hormones in my body (I had a bad time with those), and I like that it’s cheap and enviro-friendly :).

    For the first three months or so while you are learning, I would recommend using condoms at the same time if you plan to be having sex during that time. It takes about that long to really get a read on your body’s signals (after that it will be so crystal clear you’ll wonder how you ever missed it before), and it’s easier to read them if you don’t have any “interference” wetness coming from him, if you get my drift.

    Feel free to pm me if you want more info on this (or search on some of my old weddingbee posts; I tend to talk about this stuff a lot). 🙂

    Post # 40
    768 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I have the copper IUD that’s non-hormonal because I have weird reactions to hormones. That being said, we also pull-out to be extra safe. My grandma got pregnant with two kids on the IUD…even though that was a long time ago, we’re not taking any chances!

    Anyway, I’ve had a good experience with mine and I’ve only had it for 4 months. The periods are kind of heavy, but they’ve gotten better each month. Usually after the first 6 months they should go back to normal. 

    Post # 41
    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Chelseamorning was one of the bees who inspired me to do more research into NFP in general and STM particularly.  🙂  I am very glad I read her informative posts! 

    Post # 43
    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    May I just say that as far as I’m concerned, there is a word for people who use diaphragms–parents.  I was a diaphragm baby.  My ex-husband was a diaphragm baby.  I had a diaphragm pregnancy, as did both my brother and my sister.  And we had two nannies in a row who got pregnant while using the diaphragm.  So if you really don’t want to get pregnant, I’d highly recommend using something else.

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