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Best non-hormonal birth control methods?

I’ve been off the pill for a while now – I just felt like it was time to take a break from all those hormones after quite a few years. Finding condoms kind of irritating and just not that great. I’m considering an IUD or diaphragm but don’t know anyone who uses those; also I’m prone to yeast infections and read that the spermicide you use with a diaphragm can cause yeast infections? Appreciate any personal experiences or advice.



I had an IUD fitted for around 4 months but had to have it removed. It caused very heavy periods and cramping and these are common problems. Sometimes it eases off but I just could not cope with the heavy bleeding so asked for it to be taken out.
I have not used a diaphragm so can’t give you any info from personal experience on that.
What I would recommend is the mini pill, I found that to be trouble free, and it does not have the oestrogen which can cause the clotting problems in the regular pill.


Abstinence or dry humping.




Doctors say the pill is the best thing. And, if you haven’t had any problems with them, why would you cut it?
The pills keep you hormone balanced.


uummm. don’t have sex..abstinence….th… all i can think of…sorry…


IUD’s work better if you have already had children because otherwise your cervix may be too narrow for it and it can cause discomfort.
The diaphragm/contraceptive cap can be used although it needs to stay in for 6-8 hours after sex and can be up to ten percent less effective than other methods.
oh also thought i would add i was conceived when my mum was using the diaphragm.


Well in my opinion.depending on your age and if your in a monogamist relationship those should be your weighting factors in what birth control methods to use. But here are a few other choices and I would recommend talking with your doctor before making any changes.
1. Rhythm Method – You will need a basal body thermometer and chart your temperatures each morning. When your temp spikes your ovulating. This works if your a regular and have not menstrual problems. But you can still get pregnant and it doesn’t protect from STD’s
2. Sponge – You have to insert before intercourse and make sure it’s in the proper place.
3. IUD’s are my least favorite some woman have great luck most I hear have heavy periods and cramping and chronic infections.
4. Female Condom – Speaks for it’s self.
5. Spermicide suppositories- They work and they are messy and they don’t protect from STD’s
6. Diaphragm you will have to be fitted for by your OB/GYN.
I hope this helps some. But as I said before talk with your doctor and between the 2 of you, you will be able to determine an alternative method.


My advice would depend on the following qualifications:
* whether you are monogamous with a guaranteed disease-free individual
* what your convictions are on abortive devices
* how crucial it is to you that you not conceive
If you are not monogamous with a guaranteed (and I do mean clinically tested) guy, it would be foolhardy not to use a condom. If you are, the next qualification relates to IUD use. IUDs work by 2 mechanisms:
* spermicidal or ovicidal
* creating a “hostile womb” to prevent implantation of a fertilized egg
Basically, if the first mechanism doesn’t work and both sperm and egg survive and fertilization occurs, the second mechanism will make sure the fertilized egg doesn’t implant. Unfortunately, you can’t be sure which of these mechanisms will be at work in your body at any given fertilization opportunity. If this creates an ethical problem for you, IUD is not for you. Also, the side effect list (from wikipedia) gives me the willies, I don’t know about you. Heavier periods, occasional expulsion, string felt by men during intercourse, higher chance of ectopic pregnancy (if pregnancy occurs), uterine perforation great fun.
I can’t use spermicide at all, myself, because of the irritation it causes. That eliminates spermicide-coated condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, contraceptive film, contraceptive inserts and the like. Also, spermicide may increase your risk of HIV transmission [2000 study], your chances of having a Down’s syndrome child if you do become pregnant [1982 study], urinary tract infections [1998 study], yeast infections [1990 study] just search for ‘spermicide’ at