(Closed) Non-Hormonal Birth Control Options?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

ParaGard, but this is typically only for long term use.

Post # 4
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Have you looked into non hormonal IUD’s?  I always heard that spermicide wasn’t super effective so I’ve never really done a whole lot of research on that one.  No idea if it causes birth defects.


I would probably recommend just charting your cycles, and using condoms until you know your monthly pattern, then you can just abstain when you know you are in your fertile period

Post # 6
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

+1 on Paragard. I’ve had mine for almost a year and I LOVE it.

Post # 8
17 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

Really, barrier methods (condoms, diaphragm, cervical cap, female condom) are the only non-hormonal short term methods, esp. if you are looking to conceive soon.  Paragard, the copper IUD is meant to be longer-term (up to 10 yrs but usually for people who want contraception for at least 1 yr).  It may be covered at no cost for you but as it is a $700 device that somebody has to pay for, it probably isn’t the best idea to use it when you only need contraception for 6 months.

I haven’t read any of the study on spermicides but am surprised to hear they could have long term effects.  Don’t they leave your system pretty quickly?  And as they are applied topically, how much actually gets into your system?

Post # 9
1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have a paragard and I love it, but it probably wouldn’t be worth it for the short time you’re looking at before TTC. As far as I know the only other non-hormonal bc available right now are barrier methods (condems, diaphram, does that require spermecide?) or charting. I use a great app called OvuView to chart, though I don’t use it for bc, just to keep track. Good luck!

Post # 13
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@aliciapdx:  I love it, have never had a problem, a late period, or an ooops. I chart along with it so we pull out as well when I’m ovulating. I have a latex allergy so condoms are out of the question and hormonal birth control makes me crazy (Like might get arrested cray cray) and I put on a lot of weight.

You have to get used to putting it in, but it simular to using a non-applicator tampon. It has the spermacide already in it so no messy application to go through. Cool 

Post # 15
9114 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

This study say spermicide did not increase birth defect rates.

A much older study, but the results were unable to link spermicide to birth defects.

Not about birth defects, but this study was unable to link spermicide to low birth weight.

This study was unable to link spermicide to birth defect and also was unable to link spermicide use to spontaneous miscarriage.

Another that was unable to link both hormonal birth control and spermicide to birth defects.

It’s safe to say that spermicide and birth control history is not going to effect your child healthwise in the slightest.

Post # 16
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

My MW recommended Wild Yam! You have to be able to keep up with taking it daily just like hormonal bc though, which I utterly suck at.

It may be worth looking into though!

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