Had enough of the side effects of hormonal birth control?
You do have other options.
Here are my top 5 picks for the best methods of non-hormonal natural birth control.
Daysy and other fertility awareness methods
Fertility awareness method (FAM) works because, as a woman, you are fertile for only six days per cycle. To avoid pregnancy, you must simply determine which days you are fertile and then abstain from vaginal intercourse or use a barrier method. It’s surprisingly easy to do.
Fertility awareness method is scientific because it uses the objective sign of body temperature, cervical fluid, or cervix changes (or all three). It’s different from the rhythm method which is an old style of FAM that relies solely on dates on a calendar.
The simplest type of fertility awareness method is the Daysy Fertility Monitor, which is a computer that measures your body temperature and does all the calculations for you. It’s a certified medical device and undergoes independent quality testing every year.
You can also do fertility awareness method manually on paper or with the assistance of an app. To do that, you’ll need to be trained in fertility awareness method. For more information, please see Toni Weschler’s book Taking Charge of Your Fertility or 23 Fertility Awareness websites you should know about.
Worldwide, male condoms are the most popular form of birth control, and it’s easy to understand why. Condoms are simple, effective, and also protect you against sexually transmitted disease.
If comfort is an issue, then please suggest to your partner that he visit myONE Perfect Fit to find a condom that actually fits. You could also look at Hex Condoms which use a new hexagon technology for a more comfortable fit.
Caya is a new one-size-fits-all diaphragm. It’s made of silicone rather than the latex of the old-style diaphragms and does not need to be fitted by your doctor.
You can buy Caya directly online or by prescription from your local pharmacist.
Femcap Cervical Cap
The cervical cap is similar to a diaphragm but smaller. It shaped like a little sailor’s cap and fits around your cervix. You can leave a cervical cap in place for up to two days, and use it with a non-toxic gel.
Femcap comes in three different sizes and is available in some countries without a prescription. In the U.S., it must be fitted and prescribed by a doctor. Please visit Femcap.com.
The good thing about the copper IUD is that it does not suppress ovulation or alter hormones. In that way, it’s different from the hormonal IUD (which is not supposed to alter hormones but does anyway). Please read The Pros and Cons of the Hormonal IUD.
Many women love the copper IUD, and it has the highest rate of user satisfaction of any method. It’s also effective as emergency contraception. It does have some downsides which I discuss in my post The Pros and Cons of the Copper IUD.
For a discussion of hormonal birth control and some of its problems, please see the following:
- The new edition of my book Period Repair Manual.
- How the Pill Switches Off Hormones and Why that Matters
- Why Birth Control Can Never Regulate Periods
- The Serious Downside to Contraceptive Rods and Implants
What is your experience with natural birth control? Please comment.