(Closed) synthetic hormones

posted 8 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Effectiveness of various birth control options: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/birth-control-effectiveness-chart-22710.htm

So, basically, the diaphragm is about the same effectiveness as a condom (that is to say…75%-85% effective). If you really want a non-hormonal option, you might want to look at a copper (Paraguard) IUD, or pairing condoms with another BC method (withdrawl, fertility-awareness, diaphragm/cervical cap — but NOT with female condoms or spermicide, as these can damage condoms).

I went off the Pill several months ago, and my fiance and I have been using a combination of condoms (always), withdrawl (sometimes), and fertility-awareness. I really want to get the Paraguard, but I haven’t had the time to schedule an appointment yet.

Post # 5
194 posts
Blushing bee

Well we were talking about this on another post yesterday, but I am a huge fan (and follower) of Natural Family Planning.  There is a wonderful book called “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” that teaches you all about your own fertility — if you don’t want to be pregnant, there are basically 5-8 days each month that you are actually fertile (and, thusly, have to be a bit careful).

We have been using this method for 6 months now and have had great success, plus it is free (minus the cost of a thermometer and the book), which is a huge bonus!

Good luck deciding Sapphire!

Post # 6
194 posts
Blushing bee

Oh and you can always PM me if you have questions!  I know alot of people doubt things like NFP but I’m telling you, it is wonderful! 🙂

Post # 7
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m still on bc pills to regulate my cycle, but if I ever get off the freaking things, I’m going to go with a copper IUD. I talked extensively to a lady who had one for over a year, and she really loved it.

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