Barrier Methods of Birth Control

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As a Lady-Comp user, if you are currently not trying to conceive, you may be looking for a form of birth control to use on your fertile days.  If so, one option that may interest you are barrier methods, which are various forms of birth control that block sperm from entering your uterus.  The types of barrier methods include the male condom, female condom, diaphragm, sponge, and cervical cap.  Any of these methods can be strengthened by also using a spermicide, which will kill most of the sperm as it enters your vagina, leaving fewer sperm for the barrier method to block.

The following are some advantages of using barrier methods.

  • No pre-planning is required. They can be put in place at the time of sexual intercourse.
  • They are temporary methods which have no long term effects on the fertility of either partner.
  • They are safe to use while you are breastfeeding.
  • Unlike hormonal birth control, they cannot aggravate medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • They are available without a prescription.

The following are some disadvantages of using barrier methods.

  • Aside from the male condom, other forms of barrier methods have little to no effectiveness in preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
  • The combination of diaphragms and spermicides has been linked to causing urinary tract infections.
  • Some people suffer from allergies to nonoxynol-9, which is the primary ingredient in most spermicides.
  • Condoms may tear or fall off due to improper size or placement.
  • Some people suffer from a latex allergy, in which case they must use condoms made of polyurethane, which is slightly less effective.
  • Some people may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed interrupting foreplay to implement the use of a barrier method.

Ultimately, the method you decide to use is a very personal decision.  If you are trying to decide which is right for you, talk with your physician and your partner.

 

 

Source: http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/barrier-methods-of-birth-control-19059

Being on the Pill Could Make You Choose a Boring Lover

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It’s a common misconception that women who choose not to take hormonal birth control have boring sex lives due to the fear of pregnancy.  In actuality, with so many alternative contraceptive methods available, this is simply not the case.  However, a 2011 study revealed that things may actually be the other way around, and that taking hormonal birth control can lead women to choose boring lovers as partners.

In the study, which was published in the October 12, 2011 edition of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers surveyed 2,5000 heterosexual women who had one child, and asked them questions about the child’s biological father.  Approximately 1,000 participants were taking hormonal birth control, while the other 1,500 were not using hormonal contraception.  The results showed that women who were taking hormonal birth control were less sexually satisfied overall.  They found their lovers less attractive and were generally more likely to initiate a separation.

The researchers developed a theory on why this might be true.  Other studies have shown clearly that a woman’s hormones fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle, and these fluctuations actually impact the way women react to men as candidates for dating and mating.  The closer a woman is to ovulation, the more drawn she is to masculine men.  However, women on hormonal birth control do not experience these hormone fluctuations throughout the month, and are therefore more likely to be drawn to factors such a person’s financial stability, rather than to their raw physical attractiveness.

However, the results were not entirely negative.  The researchers found that women on hormonal birth control found their partner to have excellent paternal traits, such as being caring and reliable.  They also found their relationships lasted two years longer on average.

Sources:

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20111016/Women-on-birth-control-may-be-dating-sexually-boring-but-otherwise-caring-men-Study.aspx

http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2011/10/13/8290413-women-on-the-pill-pick-boring-lovers-good-partners-study-claims

Loving an All-Natural Woman

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Photo courtesy of Consciouslifenews.com

Men, let’s face it.  When it comes to birth control options, the sex education you receive and the media you take in on a daily basis send the message that in terms of preventing pregnancy, the birth control pill is your best choice.  You are sent this message repeatedly to the point where if you meet a woman who is not taking the pill, you may find it odd.  However, there are many reasons you should be glad that your partner prefers non-hormonal options of birth control.

First, hormonal birth control can cause a variety of health issues in the woman you love.  For example, if the pill is taken before a woman’s first pregnancy, her risk of developing breast cancer is increased by 44%.  Birth control pill use also increases the risks of developing cervical cancer, liver tumors, blood clots to the lung, and heart attacks.  In terms of everyday side effects, hormonal birth control can cause weight gain, headache, dizziness, breast tenderness, migraine headaches, nausea, and mood swings.

There is one side effect of hormonal birth control use that can cause a great impact on your day to day relationship, and that is loss of interest in sex.  Birth control pills work by suppressing ovulation (and therefore her natural cyclical hormones) and essentially tricking her body into thinking it is pregnant. Multiple studies have linked the pill to decreased levels of testosterone, which is the fuel source for the female libido.

Finally, there is evidence to support that men find women more attractive when they are ovulating. In a 2012 study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior, researchers showed 500 men photos of 202 women’s faces while playing them recordings of the women’s voices at two different points in their menstrual cycles.  The men found the faces and voices more attractive when the women’s voices were recorded during ovulation.

In conclusion, there is definite research to support that if your partner is not on hormonal birth control, she will be healthier, and your sex life will be the better for it. What’s not to love?

 

Sources:

http://onemoresoul.com/contraception-abortion/risks-consequences/problems-associated-with-hormonal-birth-control.html

http://health.howstuffworks.com/sexual-health/contraception/5-ways-birth-control-affects-love-life.htm#page=3

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/sex/birth-control-more/birth-control-pills-hurting-sex-drive/

http://www.livescience.com/25457-fertile-women-attractiveness.html

Achieve Clear Skin without Hormonal Birth Control

The birth control pill is frequently prescribed to young women to control acne.  In fact, 3 brands of birth control pills- Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Estrosep, and YAZ- have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration as acne treatments.  They work by lowering the usable testosterone in your body, which in turn decreases your skin’s ability to produce pore-clogging sebum.  While taking a pill to cure acne sounds like an easy fix, you are actually introducing synthetic hormones into your body which can have negative effects as well.  These include nausea, headaches, gallstones, breast tenderness, depression, high blood pressure, and many more.

woman washing her faceIf you are seeking a natural way to achieve clear skin, below you will find some helpful tips.

  • Wash your face in the morning, evening, and after you exercise with a cleanser that contains up to 2 percent salicylic acid.
  • Resist the urge to squeeze or pop whiteheads and blackheads.  This can cause scarring and inflammation.  Worse, the pus coming in contact with your skin can actually create more acne.  If you do pop a zit, be sure to disinfect your skin with a cleanser containing 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide afterward.
  • Acne treatments containing glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid are considered to be the best.  However, you should understand they won’t work immediately.  Use a product for a full six weeks before deciding it is not the correct one for you.
  • Consider using a retinoid cream before you go to sleep at night.  While these formulations are commonly used for wrinkles, they can also plump up skin that is pitted from acne and help fade acne scarring.
  • Acne treatments can dry out your skin.  At least once per day, you should use an oil-free moisturizer that will hydrate the skin without clogging your pores.

Ancient Methods of Birth Control

It is commonly thought that at one point in history, women believed their menstrual cycles corresponded with the phases of the moon, with ovulation occurring at the full moon and menstruation beginning with the new moon.  If this method was truly used, its effectiveness is certainly questionable.  However, there are some well-documented examples of birth control methods used in ancient times to help women exert some control over their bodies.

  • lemons-1Lemons– According to the Talmud, the preferred method of birth control in Jewish communities was a crude version of what we now know as the sponge.  Because citric acid has spermicidal properties, women would soak sponges in lemon juice and insert them in the vagina to act as a simultaneous barrier against and killer of sperm.  Additionally, the rind of half a lemon was used to act as what we know today as a diaphragm.  Women were also observed douching with lemon and lime juice after sex.
  • cottonCotton– A 1550 BCE medical manuscript called the Ebers Papyrus shows that physicians advised women to grind acacia tree bark, dates, and honey together, apply the resulting paste to seed wool, and insert it vaginally.  In addition to the wool forming a barrier against sperm, the acacia would ferment into lactic acid, which is known as a spermicide.
  • papayaPapaya– Because unripe papaya contains phytochemicals that interfere with progesterone levels, it was used to prevent and terminate pregnancies in parts of Asia.  Additionally, when taken daily, papaya seeds served as a natural and safe form of male birth control, cutting sperm count to zero.

Thankfully, we have come a long way since ancient times, and have many proven birth control methods at our disposal.  At Lady-Comp, we have created an intelligent fertility monitor, based on 25 years of research and development, which will predict your fertile days with 99.3% accuracy.  To learn more about the very latest in fertility technology, please call 1-877-925-LADY.

 

Source: http://listverse.com/2010/11/14/10-ancient-methods-of-birth-control/

Non-Hormonal Contraception Options on your Fertile Days

bc methodsAs a Lady-Comp customer who is not seeking to have a child at this time, you may be wondering about natural contraception options for your fertile days.  While abstinence is of course the most effective birth control method, it is not your only choice.  Read on to learn more about non-hormonal contraception options.

Item What is it? How Effective is it?
Male Condom A thin covering, usually made of latex or lamb skin, which fits over an erect penis to catch sperm during intercourse. 85% with typical use and 98% with correct and consistent use.
Female Condom A loose, soft pouch inserted into the vagina, with flexible rings at each end to hold it in place, which catches sperm during intercourse. 79% with typical use, and 95% with correct and consistent use.
Vaginal Spermicide A gel, foam, film, cream, suppository, or tablet which contains a chemical that kills sperm on contact. 71% with typical use, and 82% with correct and consistent use.  Often recommended to use in combination with a barrier method to boost percentage of effectiveness.
Diaphragm A dome-shaped, flexible rubber rimmed cup which covers the cervix, creating a barrier to sperm. This must be fitted by a medical professional. 86% with typical use, and 94% with correct and consistent use.
Contraceptive Sponge A small, soft, round piece of synthetic sponge, containing a spermicide, which is placed over the cervix to both create a barrier and kill sperm. 84% with typical use, and 91% with correct and consistent use.
Cervical Cap A hat-shaped object with an outward-flaring brim made of silicone rubber which completely covers the cervix.  Spermicide must be placed on the inside and outside of the device, which must be fitted by a medical professional. 85% with typical use, and 91% with correct and consistent use. Less effective in women who have given birth vaginally.

Do you have experience with any of these methods? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: http://www.boulderwomenshealth.org/our-services/birth-control/nonhormonal-methods/

Plan B

Commonly known as “the morning after pill,” Plan B is a type of emergency contraception that may prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It is not the same as RU-486, which is an abortion pill.  However, it is controversial in its own right because as of 2009, it became available without a prescription to women aged 17 and over. (Women younger than 17 may still obtain Plan B, but are required to have a prescription.)

Plan B works by delivering a 1.5 milligram dose of a synthetic hormone known as levonorgestrel to your body.  Depending on where you are in your cycle, this hormone may prevent or delay ovulation, interfere with egg fertilization, or prevent implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus by altering the lining, making the environment inhospitable.  Plan B is 95% effective when taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex, and 89% effective when taken within 72 hours.

Plan B does have side effects.  Your body has to work hard to process the high dose of hormones, so you can reasonably expect to experience fatigue, nausea, headaches, abdominal pain, dizziness, breast tenderness, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Additionally, the hormones cause your reproductive system to go through incredibly fast changes in order to prevent pregnancy.  Therefore, you can expect an impact on your menstrual cycle as a result.  You are likely to experience some spotting up until your next period, and you can expect your next period to be earlier or later than what is normal for you, as well as heavier or lighter than usual.  Due to the rapid changes your body must go through to process the hormones in Plan B, you should not rely on Plan B as a primary form of contraception. It is meant to be used only as its name implies- as a backup form of contraception when you are concerned your primary form has failed.

Side Effects of Switching Birth Control

 

One very common form of birth control is oral contraception, also known as the pill.  The birth control pill introduces synthetic hormones (either progestin only or a combination of estrogen and progestin) into your body.  These hormones prevent pregnancy by keeping your ovaries from releasing eggs, thickening your cervical mucus to block sperm, and thinning the lining of your uterus to keep eggs from attaching.

With the wide variety of birth control pills on the market today, it would be easy to assume that there is one that would be a perfect fit for you.  Unfortunately, that perfect fit may not come on the first try, or even the second.  It is not unusual for a woman to switch from one birth control pill to another.  This is due to very frustrating side effects as the hormones of the pill interact with your body chemistry.  Some examples are breakthrough bleeding between cycles, breast tenderness, and nausea.

Unfortunately, it is possible to have side effects as a result of switching pills as well.  In addition to the aforementioned symptoms, women can experience fatigue, weight gain, and depression.  Furthermore, there is a greater risk of pregnancy around the time you switch pills.  It is typically recommended that you use a backup birth control method during your first seven days on a new pill.

All hormonal birth control methods carry the risk of severe side effects that may be fatal in very rare cases.  These include heart attack, stroke, blood clots in the legs, lungs, heart, or brain, high blood pressure, liver tumors, gallstones, or jaundice.

If you feel these potential risks aren’t for you, please consider Lady Comp, a personal fertility monitor which learns and adjusts to your individual cycle.  Lady Comp will predict your cycle with 99.3% accuracy, primarily based on your morning body temperature.   To learn more about Lady Comp, please feel free to call us at 1-877-925-LADY.  We are looking forward to speaking with you.