Natural Birth Control

Natural birth control is an option for those who are against regular methods of birth control such as condoms, IUDs, diaphragms, and the birth control pill. They may not want to use any of these methods for religious or health related reasons. Regardless of why you want to use a natural birth control, there are different methods you can explore. Many natural birth control methods can offer you a 75 to 98 percent chance against pregnancy if used correctly.

One of the most popular forms of natural birth control is withdrawal. This happens when the man withdraws from the woman before he ejaculates. There are two downsides to this method however. The man must be able to exert some control and there is often small amounts of semen released before ejaculation. The withdrawal method of natural birth control has approximately a 60 to 80 percent chance of preventing pregnancy.

Many couples prefer to use the calendar method for birth control. With this, the woman tries to chart the week she is ovulating. By abstaining from sex during that week, you prevent pregnancy. However, the woman needs to be very in tune with her body. She must be able to recognize symptoms of ovulation such as tender breasts and mucus discharge. This method offers about a 75% chance against pregnancy. Some women are also able to pinpoint ovulation by charting their temperature. By combining these two methods, you have an increase chance of preventing pregnancy.

Another natural method of birth control is breastfeeding. Some experts believe that if you are breastfeeding at least every four hours during the day and every six hours at night and have had no periods since the birth of the baby, you won't get pregnant. But, because every woman's body is different, this is not a foolproof method of natural birth control.

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