Natural contraception refers to a woman’s ability to avoid becoming pregnant by abstaining from sexual intercourse. Natural family planning consists of the various family planning methods endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church, some Protestant sects and other religions for either avoiding or attaining or postponing the onset of childbearing. The methods include
- Birth control pills
- IUD Birth Control
- Natural contraceptive sprays
- Herbs and Natural herbal remedies
There are three stages that occur during intercourse – pre-ejaculation, the “real” period, and ejaculation. During this stage the reproductive organs are not at full capacity, and a woman can be expected to have periods in between these periods as well as during ovulation.
A woman who is sexually active can only expect to have one of these stages during each month and may experience a lack of sexual desire for a period or two. The effects of using birth control pills and other forms of contraception are reduced during ovulation and fertilization because they disrupt a woman’s reproductive hormones and disrupts a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Natural methods work on the body by changing one’s body chemistry and hormone levels so that the organs can function properly. When one’s reproductive system does not produce the proper hormones needed for conception, the chance of conceiving decrease significantly.
Birth control pills are used in conjunction with herbal supplements and natural contraceptive sprays, which are applied topically to the skin
Women also have the option to self-medicate, by taking herbs and supplements. The herbs and dietary supplements are designed to increase female libido, and improve mood and confidence, and so improve a woman’s sexual enjoyment and reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections.
They are also used in conjunction with fertility drugs to improve the chances of becoming pregnant. Natural herbal remedies for preventing or postponing conception involve herbs such as
All of which are known to have estrogen-stimulating properties and are used for a wide range of conditions including cancer treatment, infertility, osteoporosis and Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). An example of a naturally occurring birth control is the pill.
The pill prevents ovulation, which delays the release of eggs from the ovary, and allows the ovaries to produce progesterone, which prevents the release of an egg. There are, however, some drawbacks to using birth control pills and natural contraceptive methods.
Pregnancy can be dangerous for both the woman and the fetus and for women who do not have access to a tubal ligation can experience problems conceiving. In addition, the pill can cause some women to experience allergic reactions such as
- Skin rashes
- Breast tenderness
- Stomach pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- May also cause the appearance of acne on some women
Some women who use birth control pills report experiencing depression, fatigue, mood swings, and headaches. Some women also have reported that they have irregular periods and a change in their menstrual cycle.
In addition to birth control pill use, natural contraceptives have also been used as a form of birth control for women who have had their tubes tied. These methods are very similar to the pill in that the hormones are released by the body, but not taken orally.
In this method, the woman who is taking it takes a hormone pill that mimics the body’s own estrogen levels and a diaphragm that is inserted into the vagina. which blocks the flow of the hormones into the bloodstream and makes intercourse possible.
There are also other ways in which women who are interested in natural contraception can use a combination of natural contraception methods including natural birth control pills, natural contraceptives and birth control pills, and in vitro fertilization.
This method is called in vitro fertilization. In this method, a sperm is injected into the woman’s body, and once the sperm is fertilized the fertilized egg is implanted in the woman’s womb. This method is more expensive than most other forms of natural contraception, but it can be extremely effective and does not have any negative side effects.
With a little research, the use of natural contraceptive methods is available to help women achieve birth control and not only to prevent pregnancy but to also help women deal with the physical and emotional side effects of many of these methods of birth control.
Many people use natural contraception for other reasons than to avoid unwanted pregnancy, such as to control their weight and to avoid getting STDs such as HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. There are also some women who choose natural methods of contraception for medical reasons such as to improve their fertility, to control menopause and even to prevent certain cancers.
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