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10 Effective Methods of Natural Birth Control

10 Effective Methods of Natural Birth Control
June 18, 2019 wonderfulwithin

Any non-hormonal, non-intrusive forms of contraception are considered ‘natural birth control.’

A woman’s choice in birth control is an incredibly personal decision, with lots of factors to consider. Below we’ll discuss how each natural form works and the effectiveness of each to help you choose the best option for you!

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These usually fall under under barrier methods that create a physical barrier or fertility awareness methods based on biology and that work in harmony with a woman’s cycle.

Barrier contraceptives include:

The condom, diaphram, cervical cap and contraceptive sponge.

Fertility Awareness based method include:

The sympto thermal method, natural family planning, the billings method, the temperature method, the daysy fertility monitor and natural cycles.

How does natural birth control work?

Condoms
Condoms work as a latex barrier against semen to enter the vagina. They can be used with water-based or silicone-based lube, just be aware that oil-based lubes should not be used with condoms ad they may cause them to break.

Diaphrams
A diaphragm works as a barrier against sperm from entering the uterus by covering the cervix. Spermicide is put into the bowl of the diaphragm and along its edges for added protection and then it’s placed high into the vagina so it covers the cervix.  After intercourse, the cervical cap is left in place for at least 6 hours, and no longer than 48 hours.

Cervical Cap 
A cervical cap of femcap works as a barrier against sperm from entering the uterus by covering the cervix. Spermicide is put into the bowl of the cap and along its edges for added protection and then it’s placed high into the vagina so it covers the cervix. After intercourse, the cervical cap is left in place for at least 6 hours, and no longer than 48 hours.

Contraceptive Sponge
The Today sponge works by combining spermacide and a barrier against sperm from entering the uterus by covering the cervix. The sponge can be inserted up to 24 hours before sex and It starts working as soon as you activate the spermicide with water and inserted. After intercourse, the sponge is left in place for at least 6 hours, but no longer than 30 hours.(Unlike the diaphram and cap, you can safely have sex for up to 24 hours after putting in the sponge without reaplying spermacide, and still leave it in for the required 6 hours after sex.)

Fertility Awareness Method
You can read all about the scrience behind how the fertility awareness method works here.

The Sympto Thermal Method
The Sympto-Thermal Method of Fertility Awareness is a natural form of birth control practiced by observing and recording two of our body’s fertility signs: basal body temperature and cervical fluid, which can be used to plan or prevent pregnancy. This method essentially combines the billings and the temperature method by recording both fertility signs (and optionally a third: cervical position) to dertermine our fertile and infertile windows accuractely.

The Temperature Method 
The Termperature Method or BBT Method of Fertility Awareness is a natural form of birth control practiced by recording one of our bodies fertility signs: basal body temperature (or waking temperature) to confirm ovulation has already taken place. Because only temperature is observed, we do not have the benefit of achloedging when we are ovulating and threrefore the best time for conception.

Daysy
The Daysy is a small fertility monitor device which uses the temperature method, along with an algorithm thats learns and tracks your unique cycle. You take your temperature every morning, record when you menstruate and you will be shown if you are fertile or infertile that day with a color. The Daysy is all natural, free from side effects and no charting is necessary, however you do have to follow the strict temperature taking guidelines to ensure you record an accurate basal body temperature for the technology to analyze. The algorithm used in daysy is based on that used by the LadyComp which have been validated by over 28 years of use.

Natural Cycles
Natural Cycles is a Fertility awareness-based app used in conjunction with a BBT themonitor which uses the temperature method, along with an algorithm that learns and tracks your unique cycle. You take your temperature every morning, record when you menstruate and you will be shown if you are fertile or infertile for tha day. Natural Cycles is all natural, free from side effects and no charting is necessary, however you do have to follow the strict temperature taking guidelines to ensure you record an accurate basal body temperature for the technology to analyze.

Natural Family Planning
The Natural Family Planning Method of Fertility Awareness is a natural form of birth control practiced by observing and recording two of our body’s fertility signs: basal body temperature and cervical fluid, which can be used to plan or prevent pregnancy. A couple practicing NFL will usually abstain from sex for religeous reasons rather than using a barrier method of contraception, such as condoms during the woman’s fertile window.

The Billings Method
The Billings Ovulation Method of Fertility Awareness is a natural form of birth control practiced by observing and recording one of our body’s fertility signs: cervical fluid, which can be used to plan or prevent pregnancy. Because only cervical fluid is observed, we do not have the benefit of confirming confirm ovulation has already taken place.

How effective is natural birth control?

Most effectiveness rates are presented as a percentage. However it is important to note that the percentage quoted does not reflect the percentage rate that a method will work or not work, but rather the percentage of people who will avoid pregnancy in a year of using that method. As a comparative example, the birth control pill 99.7{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} effective with perfect use.

Listed from most effective to least effective:

Natural Cycles
Natural Cycles is 99.5{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} accurate with perfect use.

The Billings Ovulation Method
The Billings Ovulation Method has been found to be 99.5{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} percent effective.

The Sympto Thermal Method
The Sympto Thermal Method is 99.4{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} effective with perfect use.

Natural Family Planning
The Natural Family Planning method is 99.4{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} effective with perfect use.

Daysy
Daisy is 99.3{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} accurate with perfect use.

The Temperature Method 
The Terperature Method is said to be 99{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} effective with perfect use.

Condoms
Condoms are 98{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} effective with perfect use and 85{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} effective with typical use for preventing pregnancy.

Cervical Cap / FemCap
FemCap has been proven to be 92{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} successful, and may be up to 98{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} effective with perfect use.

Contraceptive Sponge
The contraceptive sponge is 91{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} effective with perfect use for women who have never given birth, but only 88{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} effective with typical use. For women who have given birth, the sponge is 80{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} effective with perfect, but only 76{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} effective with typical use.

Diaphram
Diaphrams are 86{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} effective with perfect use and 82{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} effective with typical use.

Kindly note, using a barrier contraceptive during a fertile window, such as a condom will bring down the rate to the condom’s effectiveness.


Perfect Use vs Typical Use 
If condoms are listed as 82{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} effective, that doesn’t mean that if you use condoms 100 times they will fail 18{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} of the time. It means that for every 100 people who use condoms as their only method of birth control for a year, 18 will become pregnant. This is what is called a “typical use” rate. Researchers then usually try to correct for misuse of the method to produce a “perfect rate.” In the case of condoms, those pregnancies that resulted from known errors (putting on the condom incorrectly or only part way through sexual activity) would be eliminated to create the “perfect rate” measure. In this case, yielding a 98{675b55e8130b20edc83d7a7372c667e99085718bc85437794f846651e9dba022} perfect use efficacy rate for condoms.


Inneffective Methods (Not Recommended)
These include the Calendar Method, the Rhythm Method, Cycle Beads and the Standard Days Method. All of these methods do not observe and chart any fertility signs but rely on on a woman’s past cycles to predict which day ovulation will take place, assuming it will be at the same time month after month. As this is not the case, these methods are outdated and ineffective in preventing pregnancy given the science we have now.


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