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Birth control options:
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The last decades have brought up countless additional means and methods of contraception next to classics like the condom or the pill. Each method has its individual strengths and weaknesses. Regardless of current trends in contraception, it is important that you choose the method that is the best fit for you and your life. To simplify this process, we have grouped methods of contraception into different categories, and explain the main mechanism behind them.
Hormonal methods of contraception: the pill, IUD, hormone rod and injection
In addition to the pill, the 3-month-injection, hormone rod, hormone patch, and the hormonal IUD are also hormonal birth control options. They all have the same effect: by adding artificial female hormones to the body, the maturation of egg cells and ovulation are suppressed. Whenever there is no egg to be fertilised, it is impossible to get pregnant.
The continuous supply of hormones is essential for the safety of these methods. For the pill, this means taking it regularly, as prescribed. The patch, the injection, the rod, and the IUD have to be renewed regularly in order for continuous protection to be given. There are also certain drugs and gastro-intestinal-diseases that can negatively impact the efficiency of hormonal methods of birth control.
Because hormones influence countless important functions within the body, side effects are not uncommon. Not every woman reacts well to every method. Should you too suffer from side effects, we have good news for you: There are alternative and hormone-free birth control options that are just as safe!
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Alternative methods of birth control without hormones
There are two types of hormone-free birth control options for you to choose from: you either use the copper IUD that is inserted into the uterus, or opt for mechanical barrier methods such as the condom or the diaphragm. The advantage of the copper IUD is that it lets you cross birth control off the list of things on your mind once it has been inserted. The procedure is done at the gynaecologist's, and the IUD can remain inside your uterus for up to three years. While this method is free of hormones, it is not always free of side effects: Inserting and removing the coil is painful, and it can make your period heavier and more painful too. Beyond that, you could be at an elevated risk for a tubal pregnancy. It's best to have your gynaecologist explain the precise risks and side effects, as well as how likely they are to occur.
Should the thought of a foreign object inside your uterus, far from where you can see it, somehow cause you discomfort, you are not alone. Many women do not want to rely on a method of contraception that they cannot see, but can only guess that „it's got to be there somewhere“.
In this case, you are left with the option to use condoms or a diaphragm for contraception. These barrier methods make sure that sperm cannot get inside your uterus and never even reach the egg. In order for these to work as reliably as possible, they have to be applied correctly and be qualitatively sound. If this is ensured, they offer effective protection that does not interfere with your hormonal balance or require an invasive procedure. However, many couples consider the use of condoms or diaphragms as disruptive and would like to have sex without a barrier method every now and then. This is possible: There are methods of contraception that make do without means of contraception. How does that work? We'll explain!
Natural family planning: modern contraception as required
Natural family planning (NFP) is all about your natural, female cycle. Your cycle is obviously key to getting pregnant. But did you know that you can only get pregnant during six days of your cycle? Every woman has a fertile period of a maximum of only six days – during all other days it is impossible to get pregnant. This biological fact is not even considered by most methods of contraception. The pill or the IUD leave a permanent effect on your body, when you would really only require protection on very few days of every cycle.
In order to use the advantages of the NFP method for yourself and your love life, you need to know as precisely as possible when your fertile phase is taking place. You could make the calculation yourself by observing, analysing, recording and evaluating your body in a time-consuming manner every month – or you could let Daysy do the work for you. Daysy is a highly modern fertility computer that calculates your fertility every morning just by taking your temperature below the tongue and knowing when you have your period. Daysy's unique algorithm makes it possible to determine your fertile and infertile days with an accuracy of 99,4%, all while being fast to use and easy to understand. If Daysy’s red light is on, it means that you are currently fertile. Simply avoid having sex on your fertile days or use an additional barrier method such as a condom or diaphragm. But on the remaining green days, Daysy gives your love life the green light!
Make use of the modern method of birth control: for a relaxed love life, free of hormones and medical procedures!