Part III: Pregnancy Preventions
The fantastic thing about pregnancy preventions is that they are less complicated (in my opinion). There are no foreign chemicals or substances pervasively intruding your body which make these methods far less convoluted. Plus, they don’t mess with the process of procreation nearly as intrusively.
The short list of barrier methods are: condoms (male or female), cervical cap, the diaphragm, the sponge, and the cervical shield. I really would like to spare you the boredom so I will only discuss the two methods I’ve heard about the most, and the ones I may or may not have personal experience using.
The male condom: I really don’t need to explain how it works. It is cheap, widely available, simple, user friendly. Need I say more?
The Diaphragm: This one is a little trickier. It is a latex cup that is inserted to cover the cervix. Spermicide is used inside the cup. I won’t go into too many details regarding how to use is. But, in my opinion it is much better than condoms. You only need to buy one and it should be less than $60 and lasts for two years. Check out this women’s health site again for more information.
How do these two methods work? Plain and simple. Prevents the sperm from reaching the egg!
(Some people may have allergies to spermicide (the only chemical used in these methods) or to latex, so in that case NFP is the way to go.)
Natural Family Planning (NFP): There are so many websites out there, not to mention books like Taking Charge of Your Fertility that I don’t want to spend a lot of time on this one either. For women to be successful at using NFP, they need to be regular, disciplined, and in tune with their bodies. You’d watch things like changes in cervical mucus, monitoring daily temperatures, and counting days and length of cycles. I have never been blessed with regular cycles so it would be a lot harder for me to do this. But, if you learn the methods they basically function by knowing when you are fertile so you can either use a barrier when you are fertile or abstain (thus preventing pregnancy). These methods also work wonderfully, I’ve heard, when one is trying to conceive.
The most liberating thing in my mind about these methods are the fact that if they fail, you become pregnant, and will likely find out about it in the coming weeks! I don’t have to be worried about the possibility that my birth control might be messing with a life in my womb. That is just liberating to me!