Family Planning Methods: What Are Nonhormonal Birth Control Methods?

Nonhormonal birth control methods are suitable for those who want to decrease their chances of getting pregnant without the side effects of the hormonal birth controls, such as irregular bleeding and changes in the skin. 

Some examples of nonhormonal birth control methods are: 

  • Barrier methods 
  • Copper IUD 
  • Spermicide and contraceptive gel 
  • Natural family planning 


Nonhormonal Birth Control Methods Benefits and Effectiveness 

Nonhormonal birth control methods have fewer side effects, which can be an advantage to people with other health condition or sensitivities.  

In addition, condoms add protection against sexually transmitted diseases and infection, which is not offered by hormonal birth control methods.  

However, there are nonhormonal methods that increase your risk of urinary tract infections such as spermicide. Copper IUD, despite not being a hormonal birth control, causes irregular and heavy bleeding. 

Natural family planning can be up to 99% effective when followed correctly and consistently. However, fertility signals can be affected by illness, travel, and stress. It also does not provide protection against certain diseases and infections. 

It also has less effectiveness if you are having irregular menstrual cycle. 


Is Nonhormonal Birth Control For You? 

Your health status and lifestyle can determine whether nonhormonal birth control will be the best option for you. If you have polycystic ovarian syndrome, natural family planning method might not be for you.  

Ask for your doctor’s help when determining the best birth control method for you. 



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