Using exogenous (external) hormones for birth control isn’t right for everyone. Luckily, there are non-hormonal methods that people who can’t or aren’t comfortable with taking hormones.
Non-hormonal birth control 101
Copper Intrauterine Device (IUD)
- The device is planted inside the uterus
- The foreign object in the uterus creates a hostile environment that prevents pregnancy
- Copper also has spermicidal properties
- Fairly long-term solution (copper IUDs can stay inside the uterus for 5-10 years)
- No daily burden. (after insertion, there is no action required)
- Can be used as an emergency contraception
- Less expensive than the hormonal IUD
- Does not protect against STIs
- Can increase menstrual bleeding and cramping
- Insertion can be painful and a small risk of infection with insertion
- Includes condoms (male condom is the most common barrier method), diaphragms, sponges, and cervical cap
- All work by providing a physical barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the uterus
- Prevent STIs (condoms only)
- Widely available without prescription
- Lots of space for user error (e.g. improper use, breakage of during intercourse, improper storage)
- May interrupt sex, reducing spontaneity
The Rhythm Method
- The rhythm method uses an algorithm (what’s used in any cycle tracking app) to predict your day of ovulation and fertile window based on data from your previous cycles
- This is a highly ineffective method as most people have variations from cycle to cycle, so the predicted fertile window may not be accurate
Contrary to popular belief, natural family planning and the rhythm method are not the same things!
Natural Family Planning
- This involves tuning into your body and learning the signs of ovulation, so you can identify your fertile window
- You then avoid or plan sex during this window based on your goals. It does not rely on data from previous months but is specific to each and every cycle
- It can be a highly effective form of birth control, however, it involves a lot of work on the individual to be in tune with their body, cycle, and fertile window
- This method involves tracking your basal body temperature, cervical mucus, and cervical position every day to monitor signs of the fertile vs. infertile windows
- Because there can be a high degree of user error, it is not recommended to use natural family planning alone for the prevention of pregnancy. However, it is especially helpful when pregnancy is desired
Top Up Tonic is birth control’s BFF
While Top Up Tonic is the perfect partner for hormonal birth control, it is also very beneficial for people who are using non-hormonal forms of birth control, or no birth control at all!
Top Up Tonic has 18 key vitamins, antioxidants, and probiotics that can help reduce symptoms of PMS, improve the appearance of the skin, reduce acne, improve gut health, and support the immune system. Additionally, it can be used preventatively to help combat the development of chronic conditions.
Be balanced. Be bold. Be you.