Natural Alternatives to Hormonal Contraceptives

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While I’ve primarily dedicated this website to the everyday experience of being a mama, not everyone wants a large family. Some women feel their family is complete and it’s not in their plan to become pregnant again (or at all). Here are the non-hormonal birth control options I’ve used in my own family planning.

Birth control is common these days for a variety of reasons. According to the CDC, almost 25% of women aged 15 to 49 currently use a hormonal contraceptive. These include “the pill,” a diaphragm, or intrauterine devices (IUDs). 

So it’s no surprise that I’ve gotten dozens of requests for natural birth control options. Women are constantly asking for natural alternatives to hormonal contraceptives. As an introvert, I tend to shy away from controversy. Still, I decided to tackle this head-on.

How Do Hormonal Contraceptives Work? 

I have a plethora of non-medical reasons for avoiding hormonal contraceptives. But there are some solid medical/scientific reasons to make this decision, too. Hormonal contraceptives are artificial hormone-like substances that mimic the effects of naturally-occurring hormones. According to the FDA, these contraceptives work by: 

  • Interfering with ovulation. Estrogen and progestin in the pills stop the ovaries from releasing eggs.
  • Thickening the cervical mucus, which prevents sperm from reaching the egg in the fallopian tube.
  • Disrupting the ability of the fallopian tubes to move fertilized eggs from the ovaries toward the uterus. 
  • Preventing the buildup of the uterine lining which, inhibits implantation of a fertilized egg. 

For me, the possibility that you could conceive but the fertilized egg wouldn’t implant is disturbing. It’s enough to keep me from ever wanting to use hormonal contraceptives. And there’s a long list of other reasons. But it turns out artificial hormones also damage women’s health.

(They also damage environmental health when they end up in the water supply). 

Why Avoid Hormonal Contraceptives?

There are plenty of health reasons to avoid hormonal methods of birth control. Hormonal contraceptives impact way more than your hormones. Using them can undermine your health over time or even lead to new health conditions.

May Cause Nutrient Depletion

Many medications affect how we absorb nutrients, which can cause deficiencies. Hormonal contraceptives are no different. Researchers have found these medications deplete key vitamins and minerals. This can be detrimental to reproductive health, bone health, the brain, the immune system, and more. 

A 2011 randomized controlled trial found hormonal contraceptives deplete certain nutrients. This includes vitamin B6, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, and magnesium. These deficiencies can lead to other health problems thanks to the important role these nutrients play.

Vitamin B6 and magnesium are critical for hormone balance. The minerals zinc and selenium are crucial for the immune response. Phosphorus makes strong bones. 

Another hormonal birth control method is a transdermal patch. This method delivers synthetic estradiol directly into the bloodstream. It may cause significantly lower levels of coenzyme Q10 and alpha-tocopherol. When the body is low in these nutrients, it can lead to increased oxidative stress, inflammation, and calcification. 

Besides depleting these nutrients, the pill can also lead to an excess of copper, calcium, and iron. This can then exacerbate deficiencies in other nutrients.

May Cause Depression or Anxiety 

Depending on the type of pill and its ingredients, hormonal contraceptives can cause or worsen depression or anxiety. This seems to occur more often in those with a personal history of mood disorders or a family history of mood disorders.

May Lead to Low Libido, Sexual Dysfunction, and Infertility

While women often take hormonal contraceptives to help them enjoy sex risk-free, it doesn’t always turn out that way. The use of these pills may compromise your sexual health. A 2001 study in Human Reproduction found hormonal birth control may decrease your interest in sex.  

A 2014 study reports it may also cause issues down there that decrease pleasure. Plus, if you decide you want to have a baby down the road, it may be more difficult. 

May Cause Blood Clots

Blood clots are a significant risk of certain pills. While blood clots from taking the pill are rare, they’re a big deal because they can be fatal. Yaz and Yasmin in particular have been linked to blood clots. According to a 2011 warning by Health Canada, a woman using Yaz has a 1-½ to 3 times increased risk of blood clots compared to other birth control pills.

May Contribute to Cardiovascular Disease

Women who use low-dose oral contraceptives have double the risk of a fatal heart attack compared to those who don’t. A 1990 review found ladies who use oral contraceptives and smoke have 12 times the risk of fatal heart attacks. Their rate of fatal brain hemorrhages is three times higher.

The British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology conducted a clinical trial of women with a history of migraines.  They found that those who take combined oral contraceptives have 2-4 times the risk of stroke compared to those who don’t take the pill.

May Lead to Blood Sugar Issues

A 2003 journal article found oral contraceptives may aggravate insulin resistance. This is because they decrease insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. As a result, these medications may increase your long-term risk of diabetes and heart disease.

May Increase Your Risk of Cancer 

A study by the World Health Organization tied contraceptive use to cervical cancer. Women who have HPV and have taken the pill for five to nine years have a higher cervical cancer risk. They’re nearly three times more likely than non-pill users to develop cervical cancer.

HPV affects a third of all women in their twenties. And women with HPV who have taken the pill for more than ten years are four times more likely than non-users to develop the disease.

Scandinavian researchers looked at women who use the pill after age 45. They found this age group has a 144% greater risk of developing breast cancer than women who have never used the pill. That’s 144 percent! 

With all these potential problems, are hormonal contraceptives worth it? Is it worth risking cancer to regulate your cycles and improve the look of your skin? Thankfully there are much better options!

Taking The Pill For Balanced Skin and Hormones?

Many women use hormonal contraceptives to help “balance hormones,” or “regulate their cycle.” They may even use them just to prevent acne. The problem is that this treats the symptoms but doesn’t address the root cause. The body naturally moves toward balance, so if hormones are out of whack, it’s not from a contraceptive deficiency. It’s that the body isn’t producing optimal levels of natural hormones.

Treating some symptoms of hormonal imbalance with these medications fails to fix the root of the problem. It can also lead to more significant health issues in the future. The underlying imbalance can still cause other problems in the body.

I used to have horrible acne problems! Clean eating and the oil cleansing method really helped clear up my skin. If hormone balance is the goal, check out this article to learn many ways to balance hormones naturally. 

Supplements For Hormone Balance

I’ve also found some supplements that help a lot. 

  • Maca – This hormone-balancing root has a long history of use in Peru. It can help with fertility, reduction in PMS, and better skin and hair. It can also boost male fertility. Maca is a good source of minerals and essential fatty acids so I like using it in smoothies or coffee. You shouldn’t take it during pregnancy though. 
  • Magnesium – This mineral is vital for hundreds of functions within the human body. Most of us are deficient, but there are several different ways to get magnesium. I like this magnesium powder, especially for staying regular. Ionic liquid magnesium or magnesium oil are both really good.
  • Vitamin D – A pre-hormone that supports hormone function. It’s best to get it from the sun if possible, or you can take a D3 supplement. Ideally, get your serum Vitamin D levels checked to track your levels.
  • Gelatin or Collagen – A great source of minerals and necessary amino acids. These powders support hormone production and digestive health in various ways. Gelatin powder can actually “gel.” It works well in recipes like homemade jello and probiotic marshmallows. Collagen powder doesn’t gel but easily stirs into soups, smoothies, coffee, tea, or any other food.
  • Natural Progesterone Cream – Menstrual troubles are often due to hormone imbalances, like low progesterone. Progesterone cream is especially helpful for those with short cycles. It can also help if you have a short second phase of your cycle (ovulation through the start of menses). If you do use progesterone cream, do your research. Opt for soy-free and only use it during ovulation through menses. Check with a doctor or healthcare provider before using any hormone supplement.

Which Birth Control Methods I Don’t Recommend

There are some non-hormonal birth control methods I don’t recommend. This is due to their potential toxicity, effect on the body, or potential for miscarriage. 

Birth Control Sponge

The contraceptive sponge is non-hormonal but it has chemicals. It’s made of polyurethane — a squishy plastic. Then it’s doused with a chemical called Nonoxynol-9. This chemical can irritate your vagina, increasing your risk of infection. Nonoxynol-9 is considered safe for use in personal care products in the United States. But for some reason, the European Union has banned them… 

Copper IUD

Gynecologists often recommend copper IUDs as a natural type of birth control. While they’re technically non-hormonal, copper has a major effect on hormones. Copper, when it gets out of balance with zinc, can cause all kinds of health problems. Some of these include estrogen dominance, PCOS, and breast cancer.

Tubal Ligation or Vasectomy 

Tubal ligation and vasectomies are both forms of sterilization. They’re 99% effective but can come with risks.

Women often refer to tubal ligations as “getting your tubes tied.” Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure that blocks or removes a part of your fallopian tubes. It prevents eggs from your ovaries from meeting up with sperm in the fallopian tubes. That’s where they would otherwise be fertilized and implant themselves in the uterus.

A vasectomy is also a surgical procedure of blocking or removing tubes. In this case, the small tubes in a man’s scrotum are blocked or removed. The result is sperm cannot leave the body and cause a pregnancy.

Vasectomies can increase the risk of prostate cancer and autoimmune disease. And women with tubal ligations have a higher chance of dangerous ectopic pregnancies.

Any Form of Emergency Contraception

Copper IUDs are sometimes used as emergency contraception. Emergency contraception, whether it’s a Plan B pill or a copper IUD has abortion-inducing properties. While it is a non-hormonal birth control option, I don’t recommend copper IUDs as emergency birth control.

Why I Don’t Recommend Herbs For Non-Hormonal Birth Control

Some herbs can work as contraceptives, but I will not list them or recommend them for several reasons:

  • Many have abortifacient properties that can lead to early miscarriage.
  • Most also impact the body in the same way that hormonal contraceptives do. So, they can cause similar problems for the mother as well. Herbs are effective and potent, and should be used with care. It’s important to avoid certain herbs for these reasons.
  • None of the “contraceptive” herbs are 100% effective. They have side effects, and many can cause birth defects if conception does occur.

Natural Ways to Prevent or Delay Pregnancy 

Artificial hormones aren’t something I want to take. But what if balancing hormones isn’t the reason for taking hormonal contraceptives? Maybe you truly need to delay or prevent pregnancy. In that case, there are better birth control options.

The following methods of contraception are much better for your body.

Non-Hormonal Birth Control: Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Natural Family Planning (NFP) or Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) are natural methods of pregnancy prevention. But they can also help you get pregnant. They do this by focusing on natural hormonal cues.

These methods carry no side effects and help women get to know their bodies better. Some women discover problems (endometriosis, anovulation, etc.) from practicing these methods. A side benefit is that they help women be more in touch with their natural hormonal cues. 

While these methods get a bad rap, they have come a long way from the Rhythm Methods of the past. Many are now as effective as hormonal methods (and more effective than barrier methods) when used consistently. It’s non-hormonal birth control that can either delay or achieve pregnancy. So if you decide to get pregnant, you don’t have to worry about infertility, birth defects, or delayed fertility after discontinuing.

The basic concept is to use cues to predict ovulation and avoid sex when you’re fertile. These are things like basal body temperature (using a basal or BBT thermometer), mucus production, and cervical position. You can also use an ovulation calculator to find the fertile window in your menstrual cycle.

There are classes teaching how to practice these methods across the country. But for those who can’t find a class, there are websites like Fertility Friend. This free website allows users to chart their symptoms and pinpoint ovulation. There are even apps and mobile features for easy tracking.

High Tech NFP 

After one of my pregnancies, I decided to go high-tech. I used a computer to do the NFP tracking and calculation for me. Thanks to emerging technology, there are several excellent options available now (I might use all listed):

  • The Kegg fertility monitor relies on electrolyte level changes in cervical mucus so it’s more accurate than basal body thermometers alone. You can use their free app to look at your daily readings, trends, and fertility predictions. It only connects with the app via Bluetooth once it’s outside of your body, so there’s no EMF exposure.
  • You can do NFP without a computer. All you need is a simple Basal Thermometer. Then you follow the method manually.
  • Methods like ClearBlue monitors measure Luteinizing Hormones and estrogen to pinpoint ovulation. Though cheaper upfront, these require buying more ovulation strips, which you use daily. So, they can be more expensive in the long run.
  • Fertile Focus – This is a simple and inexpensive fertility detector. The basic idea is that this microscope shows changes in saliva before ovulation. By examining saliva each day, you can predict when ovulation occurs.

Check out my complete reviews of these different fertility monitors here.

Good Old Fashioned Condoms 

Male condoms are still the most popular form of non-hormonal birth control around the world. People like condoms because they’re both simple and effective and available over the counter. But they need a proper fit. To ensure a good fit, have your partner go to myONE Perfect Fit to find one that fits well. They have ten lengths, nine sizes, and 60 total options.

While condoms are a popular option based on medical information, they may not be a good option based on your faith or religious beliefs. 

Caya Diaphragm for Non-Hormonal Birth Control

Using a diaphragm is another type of hormone-free birth control to look into. It’s a reusable cup that fits inside the vagina and over the cervix. The idea is to create a barrier between the uterus and sperm.

Most diaphragms are latex, which some people have allergies to. The Caya Contoured Diaphragm is silicone. Because it’s one-size-fits-all, it doesn’t need to be fitted by your doctor. You can buy it directly online or get a prescription from your pharmacist. It’s eco-friendly and gives you the option of occasional protection. It just requires a water-based spermicide. There are natural versions like lemon juice and others.

Be aware that because diaphragms can put pressure on your urethra, they are linked to urinary tract infections (UTIs). 

Cervical Cap

A cervical cap is similar to a diaphragm in that it fits inside the vagina and over the cervix. The one available in the United States is called FemCap® and is made of silicon. For the best performance, it should be combined with a spermicide of some kind. Again, you can use a more natural version of this non-hormonal birth control.

Withdrawal or “Pull-Out” Option

If you prefer unprotected sex, you can have your man pull out his penis before ejaculation. You have to make sure to do it correctly every time. That is likely why it has a 22% failure rate. This form of non-hormonal birth control is popular but risky. You can make it more effective by combining it with a male condom.

What do you think? Ever used natural methods for balancing hormones or delaying pregnancy? Have other suggestions? Share below!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


233 responses to “Natural Alternatives to Hormonal Contraceptives”

  1. Clarissa Avatar

    Just curious, are there any women out there using NFP who are not mothers or already married? I’m a 26 year old graduate student with a big pile of student loan debt and a traveling itch. I have a wonderful partner whom I love but neither of us want children and we’ll probably separate after school when I move to a new state or country. I’ve been moving toward all natural and organic foods and body products but I also have the Mirena IUD. I had some initial yeast infections but now 7 months into it, I have no physically evident side effects. I plan on using NFP after I’ve met a person who I can settle down and raise children with but right now I’m not in a place where I can take any kind of risk for unintended pregnancy. Looking at the CDC and it looks like with typical use, NFP has failure rates of 24-25% and with perfect use the failure rate is anywhere from 2-10% depending on which study and who funded it. I’m very interested in going off hormonal birth control, but I’m curious to hear if there are any other “single ladies” out there trying NFP and what their stories are. Thank you!

    1. Ewa Avatar

      The NFP methods are very effective and I don’t know if you have read Take Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler – if no you will see how affective it could be – I’m happy user of NFP since the beginning of my marriage and it works perfectly for me, from 3 years I use Lady-Comp and I recommend it to ever woman as it is a great, integrated fertility management method…

      I also recommend to contact professional NFP adviser, as they might be a great support to you

    2. Teresa Avatar

      Amen sister! I’m a 21 year old undergrad student currently using the copper IUD. I’m working toward a more holistic lifestyle and I would love to be more in touch with my hormonal cycles and bodily processes. I’m interested in NFP but there’s not really info or support out there for young, unmarried, nonreligious women interested in using it as birth control. Most, if not all, of my friends assume NFP is only used by women trying to get pregnant, or who have the resources (emotional and otherwise) to care for an unexpected pregnancy. Abstaining from intercourse during ovulation also seems tortuous, as I don’t completely trust barrier methods’ efficacy nor enjoy buying and using condoms. I love being able to have relatively carefree, spontaneous sex with my partner but I’m concerned about copper toxicity, heavy & painful bleeding, and generally suspect that having a foreign object permanently placed inside an organ is energetically unhealthy. I’m kind of at a philosophical impasse comparing the benefits and disadvantages of an IUD or NFP… all I know for certain is that pregnancy is absolutely not an option for me right now. Would love to hear about your experiences since you posted!

    3. Andrea Avatar

      Hi Ladies!
      I am new to this blog, and I know that your posts have been around for a while, but I thought I would add my “two cents” anyway.

      I do not know any unmarried people who use NFP and are sexually active. I think that this is because NFP requires married-style trust between partners. It is a lifestyle choice that both the man and the woman must choose together, and they have to believe that their love can bring them through anything. An unplanned pregnancy could turn out to be something they could handle after all and even be profoundly grateful for

      Some thoughts for your consideration….. I think one of the biggest differences between NFP and contraceptives is not the effectiveness rate of the methods, but the way the effectiveness is perceived. Let me explain: when used properly, NFP methods compare pretty closely to artificial BC methods when it comes down to avoiding pregnancy. The truth is, all methods, natural or otherwise, include a low possibility of getting pregnant. However, if you use NFP, you think about that possibility every single cycle, so an unplanned pregnancy never catches you completely off guard. If you are using the pill or an IUD, the risk of getting pregnant is still very real, but you are probably not as cognizant of it.

      When it comes down to avoiding pregnancy, you’re looking at a matter of a few percentage points between methods. The only way to be 100% sure that you won’t get pregnant (without surgically removing body parts) is to not have sex.

      All the best to you! I am sure it must be a hard decision!!

  2. Jackie Avatar

    Many years ago, I went off the pill because of the issues it caused me. I used the “rhythm Method”. Actually, I took my temp and all the other changes etc. It worked very well for me because I was extremely in tune with my body. It does require vigilance and a supportive partner probably would be helpful. We actually used condoms for unsafe times. No drugs was the best part, though simplicity was nice also. i fortunately knew EXACTLY the time of ovulation (due to the pain it caused) so I could stop marking any other changes. I only have 2 children, so it must have worked.

    1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

      I agree with many things that she ways, but she even admits that there is nothing wrong with supplements, just with an unhealthy dependence on them. Herbs also fit in to this category, and many herbs were used as medicine in Jesus’ time and are not new age at all.

  3. Steph Avatar

    Thanks for this discussion. Another fertility tracker that I would recommend for its ease and convenience is the Selene app. You input your BBT and other data right into your phone each morning. It collects a huge amount of information, provides accurate predications and has a beautiful interface. I switched to natural family planning after 10 years on oral contraceptives and only wish I had known about it sooner.

  4. Christina Avatar

    What a great post! I use the rhythm method, since we have been married it helped us conceive three times, one ended in MC but we are due in April with our 3Rd. we use the my days app. It helps monitor your menstrual cycle too for women who may not always be regular.

  5. Kristyn-Kimberly Avatar

    This is honestly the most eye opening thing I have read. I am 25 and I have been on birth control for over ten years. I am starting to see some major side effects from long term use. I didn’t even know there were things out there like the lady comp fertility monitor. I am stopping my pills immediately and getting myself one of these.

  6. Kristine Avatar

    I am 8 weeks postpartum and seem to be having a period (emergency c section, 12 pound baby). How has the lady comp worked for you postpartum for birth control. I would like to switch to this method as we hate condoms.

  7. Kristina Avatar

    Hi Katie. If you’re still responding to comments on posts this old, would you mind giving an update on how well these methods worked to track when your fertility returned after baby? I haven’t seen anything posted about baby #6, so I assume something worked 🙂
    I want to get off birth control and buy a fertility monitor to help prevent a baby for now, and help conceive quickly when we’re ready. I would also like to be able to use it to monitor when fertility returns between babies. I emailed both Lady Comp and OvaCue to ask how well their monitors work for tracking the return of fertility after baby (as a random side note, I was extremely impressed with the customer service from both companies – I received immediate responses from both). The Lady Comp people told me it can be used after baby but would show up as yellow until you’ve actually ovulated, which really won’t do you any good if you want to delay baby #2, and the OvaCue people said you can’t use their product until after you’ve had your first period after baby. I’m wondering if these responses are just some sort of legal obligation to respond in a certain way, and the products do actually work for that.

  8. Krystal Tornstrom Avatar
    Krystal Tornstrom

    I have a question, but I hope I don’t come off the wrong way. I do not plan to have kids until I am married. I am on the pill right now and I have been wanting to go off it, but I do not know how effective NFP is, I know you Katie, have 5 kids and do use NFP, but did you not try but not really try to stop getting pregnant if that makes sense? Is there anyone who has tried NFP, and not gotten pregnant or at least for awhile.

  9. Casey Harris Avatar
    Casey Harris

    Can Wellness Mama do a post on the Copper IUD? I would like to know if there are any negative side effects of the copper to the system that the medical field does not address. I am currently using the Nuvaring but have had progressively harder times coming on and off the hormones each month. We are still two years away from wanting to start a family but I would like to get off the hormones now and get my system balanced.

    1. Eva Rinaldi Avatar
      Eva Rinaldi

      Check out IUD_Divas on Livejournal for women writing about their IUD experiences. For me the main side effect was that it was very painful to put in, and I had cramps for several days.

  10. Bradu Avatar

    i ABSOLUTLY looooooovvvvveee my lady comp. im am in my 20s an hav been married for a couple yrs. started out on the pill an soon decided i needed to find another way… a friend told me about lady comp an ive never regretted it 1 time.

  11. Angelina Avatar

    Good article! Very informative!

    However, I take herbs for contraception, and they haven’t done me any harm.You have to respect the herb, people from many generations before us have taken herbs as contraceptives.

    Also, the male chooses the sex of the baby, not the female. It’s random.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      Be careful… some herbs that are contraceptive can be very harmful int he long term and can be abortifacents…

  12. Jenny Avatar

    Is there any way to promote longer periods of natural infertility after childbirth? I breastfed my daughter exclusively after she was born for almost 2 years, but my periods returned immediately after she was born. I had a copper IUD placed, and then had it removed so we could conceive again. I just had another baby a few months ago and immediately had a period after I finished my postpartum bleeding with him. Still exclusively breastfeeding. In fear of getting pregnant I had another copper IUD placed, but I really don’t want it. I haven’t had another period, just sporadic spotting. I just REALLY don’t want to get pregnant before he is at least a year old, maybe longer. Any suggestions?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      If you are open to it, methods of natural monitoring like the OvaCue can be very effective…

  13. Jessica Avatar

    Maybe someone can help me. I got off of birth control after taking it for 15 years. I began getting cysts on my ovaries and the rupturing was very painful. My dr told me BC or pregnancy was the only way to stop the cysts. Are there any options because this is the ONLY reason I am on it.

  14. claire Avatar

    Thanks so much for this post!

    I’ve had a lot of success with the icyclebeads app, It’s over 95% effective and very economical ($2.99 from the app store).
    I get notifications before my fertility window and period, and I can check my phone at any time to find out where I am in my cycle.
    The only downside to this option is that your cycle has to be between 26 – 32 days, and not everyone’s is. For those of us whose cycles fit this length, however, this is another great natural tool in preventing or promoting pregnancy.

  15. Moriah Cameron Avatar
    Moriah Cameron

    THANKS for this great post!! It was very timely as my teenage daughter was requesting to go on it for all her friends are on it to help control acne and painful periods. i knew better than to allow this but didn’t have any information to back up my convictions. What a blessing your words were to me and my family! 🙂

  16. Zeni Avatar

    My thoughts exactly! Condoms have something like a 98% rate of preventing pregnancy (higher than any other contraceptive method), and have no side effects.

    1. Rob Avatar

      Actually, I was hoping condoms would have been discussed too. I would be willing to wager though there might be some side effects in relationship to the spermicides, latex vs. non-latex options, and lubricates that are used in condoms. As far as to the affect of this effects would be my interest. My partner and I are very particular about what goes inside her that isn’t natural. Like a foodie is to their pastured raised beef vs. CAFO options.

  17. Sara Stahlman Avatar
    Sara Stahlman

    This article forgets the main side effect of these natural alternatives – unintended
    pregnancy. I fully agree that hormonal contraceptives as well as the non-hormonal copper IUD have side effects that
    make them not ideal. BUT – if the goal is to not get pregnant, any of
    those options are much more effective than these natural methods. I’m
    talking MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE – like from less that 1% chance of
    unintended pregnancy with an IUD to 25% chance of an unintended
    pregnancy using FAM or NFP. I get the desire to minimize hormones, but I
    also get the desire to plan when you want to be pregnant.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      Actually, when used correctly, NFP (symptom thermal) carries a 99+ percent success rate…

      1. Hana Avatar

        Where did you find this statistic? I have a very hard time believing it.

  18. Lindsay Maher Avatar
    Lindsay Maher

    Great post! I have to echo Angela’s comments here as well. We have used Creighton Method for 4 years now, avoided pregnancy for 2 years, got pregnant when we decided to start trying, and are now using to avoid while still breastfeeding 8 months post-partum. The science behind this system and naprotechnology is what sold me on the method and they have done remarkable things for hundreds of families including my own sisters.

  19. Susan McNamara Avatar
    Susan McNamara

    At the moment I’m considering the copper IUD and/or my husband is getting a vasectomy. That info about IUDs is pretty scary though….I absolutely 100% can NOT get pregnant again (for health and financial reasons) so I don’t think nfp would be a long term solution. I’m 29 so I have quite a few years of fertility left. Anyone have experience with copper IUD?

    1. Jenny Avatar

      I realize you wrote this awhile ago, but I just got my copper IUD taken out. I had it almost three years and hated it every single month. The doctor really tried to convince me to use Mirena, but hormones get me so depressed that I would have to start anti-depressants………NOT OKAY. I thought copper would be better. I had three years of INTENSE cramps. I’m talking debilitating, couldn’t walk at times, couldn’t breathe at times kind of cramps. I kept going back to get it checked because I thought it was trying to exit my body. It stayed right where it was supposed to the whole time, strings always available. In short, it’s a foreign object, and my uterus hated it! I cannot recommend an IUD to anyone. We just started trying to get pregnant, but I plan on one of these natural methods post baby. The only cons I can see are going through the training, a high initial cost, and daily effort. The Lady Comp is $300 cheaper than my IUD was, so that’s not a concern. The training is just a small amount of time, and the daily effort is worth it for the peace of mind. I cannot express to you the importance of peace of mind. For three years I had no peace…..worrying about if my uterus was being perforated, dreading every single period, being useless at work because of the two days each month of intense pain, and so on. All my girlfriends have had theirs taken out as well due to pain. We’re all very relieved!

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