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HI,

There are several natural way to birth control. Among of them Queen Anne's Lace Tincture is the best natural medicine for birth control. If you are interested to know how to control birth by using this tincture, then read this article: http://www.articlesbase.com/alternative-medicine-articles/queen-annes-lace-a-conscious-choice-for-birth-control-7149237.html.

Hope my suggestion help for you!

 
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Hi Peter!

I don't recommend herbs because there are no efficacy studies done on them and most are also messing with your body in one way or another in order to actually make you not conceive. Certainly they seem to be much better than synthetic hormones, but why mess with your body if you don't have to?

As a few people touched on, the sympto-thermal method of fertility awareness is a really great and effective way to manage fertility - well worth the time to learn. Basically, it's all about finding when you are actually fertile (or your partner is ) and during that tim either abstaining, using alternate sex, or using a barrier method. It's NOT the same thing as the rhythm method because it's based on what's happening in your current cycle with your hormones and not how your cycles have behaved in the past. That's why it's 99.6% effective (as long as you learn it well and use it correctly).

I teach the method and have used it myself for well over 4 years. You can learn more at my website: http://holistichormonalhealth.com

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!
 
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In Mesoamerica species of Montanoa (Asteraceae) have been used for centuries as natural birth control. Some of the compounds in the plant were heavily researched by pharmaceutical companies in the 1960's. The plants are large herbaceous perennials that can stand a few degrees of frost, but can be grown in tubs and overwintered indoors in colder climates. They are stunning when in bloom, and emit a fruity, ripe-apple type scent.

Interestingly it wasn't until female scientists researching herbal medicine went to Mexico that the traditional use of this plant surfaced. It was traditional women's lore and was not discussed with men (especially in a catholic culture)
 
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This may be to simple to believe soaking in very Hot water long enough to kill your sperm just prior to sex.
 
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I'm not sure if these suggestions have been mentioned already, but I'm a huge advocate for natural/non hormonal forms of birth control. In my research, I've found a few methods that are effective:

-condoms, though the waste factor of these is substantial, they do make lambskin ones (which of course are incredibly pricy

-FAM, or Fertility Awareness Method. Rather than just avoiding sex on your ovulation days, this method helps you to track your cycles and actual fertility days with stunning accuracy. It requires charting, noting physical signs of fertility, and taking your temperature daily, but in all it only takes a few minutes a day. This coupled with a barrier method is incredibly effective. Right now I'm reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility - it's amazing what you can learn about how your own body works.

-cervical cap, or Femcap. This is awesome, think menstrual cup, but just slightly different. It has no metal and is very comfortable and easy to insert, unlike a diaphragm, and can be left in place for up to 48 hrs, so spontaneity is still possible. You can choose to use it with or without a spermicide. I intend to use this in conjunction with the FAM, once I get a few months of my cycles charted.

There are options out there, and you don't have to get an IUD to go non hormonal but reliable. I've been the guinea pig of many failed birth control methods, only because of the horrible symptoms that they caused. If you have any other questions, let me know, and I'll answer them the best I can.
 
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I find it a little bizarre that there is still an attitude that women using herbs to control their fertility is somehow 'unnatural' or not good.
European women were stripped of their indigenous knowledge of herbs, child-bearing and fertility during the witch-hunts, which removed both the witches and their folklore, making women vulnerable to control by the church and state who were in need of higher populations of workers in order to bolster the new mercantile economy.

"The attack of church and state against the witches was aimed not only at the subordination of female sexuality as such, although this played a major role, but against their practices as abortionists and midwives... Not only were women artisans pushed out of their jobs and their property confiscated by the city authorities, the state and the church, but women's control over the production of new life - that is, their decision to give birth to a child or to abort - had to be smashed. This war against women raged throughout Europe for at least three centuries" - Maria Mies, Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale.

Other cultures worldwide have managed to hold onto their traditional indigenous knowledge of fertility and herbal medicine and their control of fertility often goes unnoticed.

The problem is as stated elsewhere on this thread, when unempowered women try to make random choices about fertility and end up with a big mess - either an unwanted pregnancy, or a damaged fetus from the inconsistent or improper use of abortifacients, or possible health complications to the woman from uneducated use of herbs or vitamins.

Large doses of Vitamin C are effective - which is why many pharmaceutical companies sell Vitamin C with rosehip added, which counteracts the abortifacient, as they didn't want to be associated with ending pregnancies.

I second Sister Zeus as an emergency source of information on emmenagogues and abortifacients.

I also second any recommendation which gives more empowerment, information and agency to women to make these decisions about their own fertility in ways that are self-loving, responsible, and safe.
 
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Be Careful. You are speaking of th e"Rhythm Method" where you avoid intercourse on the fertile days. From what I have heard, it is very tricky.....I would look into alternate birth control methods before I tried that.......especially if you are not sure you want a baby.
 
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After deciding to stop the pill, my wife looked into alternative methods of birth control and also ended up using the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), maybe the most empowering method for women, as it makes you aware of what is exactly happening in your body during each phases of the month. It consists basically in learning how the body works and monitoring the changes in order to know for sure where you are at each particular day. No need for plants or supplements, just learning how to read the body cycle.

It calls for some discipline, in practice, every day you have to :

- take your temperature
- feel your cervix (position and texture)
- inspect cervical fluid (color, texture and quantity of mucus)
- describe vaginal sensation (wetness / dryness)
- look for secondary signs like (mid-cycle pain, spotting, breasts, etc.)
- log this data on a chart

By reading the charts she is able to know with accuracy the days when she is fertile or not. When having regular sex, we still decided to apply a "safety margin" of about two days, as we were not trying to conceive at this moment.

Once we decided to have a child, we followed the charts and knew precisely which days would result in conception. Indeed on our very first try, it worked and she got pregnant.

Here's an example of a chart :



Here are some books she used to learn the method, you can take classes too :

- The garden of fertility by Kathy Singer (for a good introduction and basics)
- And as has already been mentioned, Taking charge of your fertility by Toni Weschler (for more advanced situations)

ps. This method is not the Billings, STM, Rythm method or Natural family planning, Fertility awareness is more complete and accurate.
 
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Alex,

Thanks for providing such a thorough description of what your wife is doing.
I know someone who also followed this method.
For seven years and with different partners, she followed this method religiously and never got pregnant, not even a scare (I believe like you she left a margin of a few days on either end), and then when she wanted to get pregnant she knew exactly what day to have sex and conceived on the first try also.

However, she tried to teach this method to some college students, who applied the methodology less rigorously, and several became pregnant shortly afterwards. One of them on tracking her ovulation concluded that she 'never' ovulates so just went for it. Needless to say, this is no method at all!

Anyways, congrats to you and your partner for having the discipline and self-respect to use this method.

As a side benefit of being so intimately in touch with mucus levels etc, my friend got more in touch with her body and was able to overcome some of her hang-ups and physical pain due to menstruation. What a great side effect!
 
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PS is day 18 with the temperature spike where she ovulated?
 
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Thanks Jay for providing another example of a women who sucessfuly applied this method.

Jay Muir wrote:she tried to teach this method to some college students, who applied the methodology less rigorously, and several became pregnant shortly afterwards.



Self-discipline is primordial indeed. Also a very important factor is that after taking the pill (often for several years), the transition of your body to a natural method can take months (up to a year for some women). The chemicals in the pill are so powerful that they stay in the body for a long time. In the case of my wife, I believe it took four months for the charts to "stabilize" and for the readings to be trusted completely. Maybe that is why some of these students got pregnant so fast. As a side note, another strong side-effect of this pill "detox" was recurrant acne for almost a year.

Again, this method takes dedication as there are many extra factors to monitor (sleep cycles, sickness, travels / jet lag, etc.). It's not for everybody, and I can see how some college students may not have the willpower for this. It also helps a lot if the partner is aware and committed to the method, again something that might not be very frequent in college students relationships.

On the chart I posted (an example found on the web, not my wife's), indeed the temperature rise on day 18 indicates that she had just ovulated in the last 24 hours. The temperature then stayed high until the start of the next period. A couple of days before day 18, she could also know by her cervix (fluid and shape) that ovulation was near. You can also see that the pause in lovemaking from day 13 to 20 indicates that she knew she was going to be fertile.

ps. My wife is standing next to me, I could not be as accurate by myself
 
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If you're pro-life, be aware that the herbs you use may be an abortifacient. Abstinence does work. It's not easy,though.
 
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I've been a single male for the past year, and hanging out with available women. I want to add that the smell of an ovulating woman is dramatic and very noticeable to me. In addition to paying attention to things like calendars, mucus, etc, smell is a very powerful diagnostic tool.
 
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For many years I had my own copy and having worked at a huge used book store in Minneapolis, I aquired numerous additional copies

Natural Birth Control
By (name escapes me) Stephan Gaskins wife,
from the Farm in Tenneses, fame.

A combination of basal body tempature, fertility of the vaginal mucus and
the monthly cycles of a woman.

Over 25 years of lovingly sharing equally the responsibility of birth control.
I/we (4 different partners at different periods of my life),
have never ever had a pregnancy scare
nor any of my women and men friends who I have shared the books, approach with.
Thats over 200 people.

Look up the Farm on line and see if they are still selling the book new.
 
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