After my recent post about withdrawal, I started thinking about the many varieties of birth control methods we have out there when we start combining methods, especially when you have a handle on what is happening with our cycle and know exactly when you are fertile based on charting your cycles with the sympto-thermal method of fertility awareness.
Many ladies that have learned fertility awareness do so after having come off hormonal contraceptives a while back and then they start feeling stuck. What do you do besides use condoms all of the time? Umm… And what do you do when you also aren’t using condoms all of the time (but, you know, intended to)?
I’ve always been a big recommend-er of using condoms during your fertile time for a few reasons:
1.) Easy to get/cheap
2.) They don’t interfere with checking your cervical fluid (as long as you don’t use lube/spermicide)
3.) they are relatively effective (thought not as effective as fertility awareness only and abstaining/alternate sex during your fertile phase)
BUT(!) they aren’t for everyone. Honestly, myself included. Even if it is just a small portion of your cycle that you have to use protection you may still not want to use condoms.
I personally started off using them during my fertile phase and now just use withdrawal (I also care less about an accidental pregnancy at this point in my life if one were to happen than when I first started using fertility awareness).
But what are all the options? The pros and cons? I talk a lot about the different birth control methods you can use in my HER fertility course (and how to combine them with fertility awareness), and I have a free course including non-hormonal birth control options, but I love hearing person stories and what has worked best for you. So, tell me…
If you use fertility awareness and use other birth control methods during your fertile phase: What do you use and why? Has that changed over time and are you happy with it?
If you don’t use fertility awareness but are interested in it: Let me know what you use now. And what makes you hesitant to use fertility awareness?