Jul 20 2014

What birth control can I use when I do not want to use hormonal birth control?

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There are various non-hormonal birth control methods, each with its own risks and rewards.

* IUD (non-hormonal for example Copper-T)
* Natural Family Planning (NFP)
* Fertility Awareness Method (FAM)
* Condoms
* Coitus interruptus (Pull-out)
* Breast feeding and Period Sex
* Abstinance
* Hormones reconsidered

* IUD – An IUD has to be installed by a doctor. It is most reliable and a non hormonal IUD prevents pregnancy by preventing implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus. Copper-T can be used for extended periods of time, and requires minimal monitoring to make sure it is still in place. You need to be aware of the risk for intrauterine pregnancies. Copper-T can also be used as an emergency contraceptive, even after the 72 hour grace period.

* Condoms – Condoms are the most used birth control method. It does not take a lot of planning and are commonly available. After sex, the condom should be inspected to make sure there are no leaks or tears. Condoms also provides adequate protection against STDs and infections. Condom users should have a dose of emergency contraceptive pills handy for in case the condom fails. That will ensure the quickest possible response and the lowest possible risk. Condoms are even recommended for use with birth control pills as a backup method, as well as to reduce the risk of infections and STDs.

* Coitus Interruptus (Pull-out) – When practiced correctly, pull-out is very safe. You can after all not get pregnant without sperm being ejaculated. Pre-cum can contain live sperm under special circumstances. So care needs to be taken if he ejaculated recently. He has to urinate and clean up between ejaculations. The real problem with pull-out is that the male partner can misjudge his ejaculation and ejaculate inside his partner. Unfortunately new sexual partners will often use pull-out. These partners are at the most risk of ejaculating unexpectedly, due to a lack of understanding and experience as a couple. Pull-out also does not help with STDs and infections. The risks from pull-out may be acceptable for comitted partners in a long term relationship where unexpected pregnancy is not a major issue. It is definitely not recommended for one night stands, drunk sex, sex with an STD status unknown partner, underage sex, or in a short term relationship. More mature and experienced men have more ejaculatory control normally. Pull-out is often used together with NFP and FAM to further reduce the risk of pregnancy. It is recommended that a dose of emergency contraceptive pills be hande for accidents when you use pull-out.

* Natural Family Planning (NFP) and Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) are methods where the woman tries to determine when she is ovulating and fertile. Under perfect use, these methods are very effective. It is often used in conjunction with condoms or abstinance during the woman’s fertile time, and pull-out during the predicted not fertile time. NFP and FAM are practiced by observing her temperature, cervix position and feel and observation of her cervical mucus. It is normally fed into an app or program that will warn her at the first sign of fertility. These methods can be used by couples trying to get pregnant, or trying to avoid pregnancy.

* Two other methods can be used with relatively safety. While a woman is breastfeeding regularly shen is not likely to ovulate and become fertile. As soon as she stops, or gets her first period, she should consider herself fertile. A woman is also not normally fertile the week before her period and during her period. Once again, these are generalizations, and there are exceptions to those rules some times. If pregnancy cannot be afforded at all, do not take chances and protect yourself.

* Abstinance – Not having a penis inside your vagina that can ejaculate inside you is also an option. This does not mean that you are not sexual. Just that you avoid vaginal penetration. Oral sex, hand and finger sex, anal sex, breast sex, rubbing, dry humping, mutual masturbation are all viable options to be intimate with your partner without exposing yourself to a pregnancy risk.

* Modern hormonal birth control methods have very low hormone levels and most have no known effect on fertility (exception is the shot that can take a while to get out of your system). If you do not want to get pregnant, you should reconsider hormonal birth control. The patch, the ring, the implant, the hormonal IUD and the pill are all reliable and safe options today. It can take a bit of experimentation to find the one that works well for you. Even when you use these, condoms are recommended except for long term relationships.


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