birth control?

Jazmyne - posted on 10/24/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hey I was just wondering what kind of preventative methods everyone here uses. I'm currently not on any. I have hypoglycemia and most of the hormonal methods I have used caused my symptoms to worsen. Is there a natural way of preventing pregnancy? (besides abstenance (sp?) I am married so that won't work)

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Cecillia - posted on 10/24/2012

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I'd strongly recommend FAM/NFP even combining it with a diaphragm on your fertile days :) I've been doing this for 14 months with no problems or pregnancy scares and there are 0 side effects! If it's something you're interested in I would suggest reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility. The author goes over how exactly you use NFP by tracking your cervical mucus, position, and your basal body temperature :) It takes a couple of cycles to get the hang of (hence why using condoms or a diaphragm is a good idea), but once you get use to it, it works extremely well and when you're ready to TTC you just have to actually have sex on your fertile days! :)

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Lauren - posted on 11/06/2012

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Jazmyne - There are several natural methods of birth control and because you monitor your own body free of hormones are just as effective (or more effective with other BC methods used incorrectly) than hormonal birth control. With any method, there are chances to get pregnant, but I know one woman who does this knowing if she gets pregnant again her breast cancer will come back with a vengance. She has trusted it for 20 years. Do not follow the days/rythmn method as that is not always accurate, but there are other methods where you track your temparature at the same time each day or by looking at the stickiness and color of your vaginal mucous each day (sounds gross, I know but only takes a second each day). One is called the Billings method .. the other is the Creighton model. You can actually sign up for a couple sessions with people trained to help you learn how to track your body and how to get your spouse involved as well so all the pressure isn't on you. Definitely check it out because I've met numerous people who have made this a part of their daily life and find it rewarding to share sexuality without limiting the other person's fertility, without forcing hormones into your body and still plan when to and not have children. Links below (keep in mind this is Wikipedia and I still recommend speaking with an expert) and contact me with any questions (adverbs227@gmail.com). Also look into the Couple to Couple Network ... they support you in natural birth control methods.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billings_ov...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creighton_M...

Abby - posted on 11/06/2012

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i got Paragard put in about 4 or 5 months ago It was works great!! You might as well try it and if you don't like it just get it taken out!

Lauren - posted on 11/05/2012

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Have you tried the implanon implant? Its is a bar thingy they implant in your arm that is good for three years. It has just the progestin (sp) hormone in it. I am hyperglycemic (diabetic) and it hasn't messed with my glucose levels at all so if you are up for that give it a try. In my experience there aren't any natural methods that work except for abstinence. Good luck

Lori - posted on 11/02/2012

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We only use condoms right now. I am looking into getting an IUD. They make a copper one that doesn't have hormones and is good for up to 10 years. There are also the 5 years.

User - posted on 10/26/2012

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I also hate hormonal birth control. I tried the Paraguard IUD and hated it. It was good birth control because I bleed almost the whole time I was on it so we almost never had sex. I got it removed after about 6 months I think. I have also used a combination of NFP/diaphragm on fertile days. This did not work out well for us. I have been pregnant twice using this method. If you can be very diligent maybe it will work for you. I used a combination of aloevera and lemon juice as spermicide with the diaphragm as regular spermicide can cause a lot of problems. I found sex was not as enjoyable with the diaphragm in for either of us but was willing to deal with it to not be pregnant. The other issue (and I think the major issue) with the diaphragm is we didn't want it to interrupt foreplay so we would put it in right before dtd. On nights we were drinking this didn't always happen. I would wake up and realize it was still on my bedside table ready to go. We didn't use it 5 days before ovulation and I ended up pregnant. I haven't found a natural/non-hormonal bc option that I love. Good luck to you!

Kelly - posted on 10/24/2012

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What about an IUD? The paraguard does not have hormones in it, it is good for up to 5 years and can be removed early if you want to get pregnant again.

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