Birth control is a very personal matter, and among all the available methods it's important to find the type that is best suited for you.
As time has passed and research findings have increased, women have been given even more choice when it comes to birth control. There are now tons of hormonal birth control pills, shots, and implants, and even non hormonal options. If you are considering moving away from hormonal birth control, below you will find some information about the alternatives to hormonal contraception.
Nothing is “wrong” with hormonal birth control if you happen to find an option that works well with your natural body chemistry. In fact, the pill is often prescribed to help regulate hormone levels in women with acne or polycystic-ovary syndrome (PCOS). However, some women find that hormonal birth control can have negative side effects that outweigh the contraceptive benefits. They can have an adverse effect on nutrient absorption, particularly the B vitamins. Also, hormonal contraception can confuse your naturally occurring estrogen and progesterone, which may affect your metabolism and other processes that these hormones control.
There could be a long list of reasons why hormonal birth control is not right for you. For instance, if you are entering menopause and your natural body chemistry is fluctuating, birth control hormones could cause unpleasant physical and mental side effects, or perhaps you are on many prescription medications and it is becoming difficult to find a birth control pill that is compatible with your other medication.
There are many options to try, and a good place to start is your doctor's office. You can explain to her what your personality and lifestyle are like and she can recommend a birth control method that is right for you. Here are two popular alternative methods to hormonal birth control:
Ask your doctor about the many available methods of birth control. Always remember that just because you are protected from pregnancy, it doesn't necessarily mean you aren't vulnerable to STDs. For more information on hormones roles, click on the following link.
A better understanding of how your body works will help you cope with hormonal fluctuations.
Detecting symptoms of hormonal imbalance can prevent you from developing serious conditions.
Implement simple lifestyle changes and natural approaches to prevent, manage, and relieve symptoms.