Birth Control and Hormonal Contraceptive Alternatives With Important Supplements

Natural Approaches To Prevent Pregnancy

Well now since we've discussed the dangers of oral contraceptives (and estrogenics), let's get into what can be done as an alternative to birth control.

This post will recap some of the problems with modern birth control on the body and give some more natural alternatives.

Contents:

  1. Basics Of Modern Birth Controls
  2. Alternatives To Hormonal Contraceptives
  3. Supplements While On The Pill
  4. More Research

Basics Of Modern Birth Controls

 
 

Oral contraceptives and injectables (such as Depo-Provera) usually contain estrogen mimetics (such as ethynylestradiol - EE2) and/or some type of progestin (such as progesterone). R R R

EE2 mimics natural estrogen and works on estrogen receptors, tricking the body into thinking it's pregnant. R

The progestins bind to the progesterone receptor as well as the other sex hormone receptors (such as androgen and glucocorticoid receptors). R

EE2 just like other estrogenics aren't metabolized well by the body and become excreted via urine. R

It gets into the water supply (tap water - drinking and bathing) since local municipalities don't filter estrogenics out of the water. R

Cities that have high concentrations of people in a smaller space have a higher risk of being exposed to these fake estrogens. R

Oral and hormonal contraceptives:

  • Can create sterilization (do I really need a source for this?)
  • Can induce seizures R
  • Cause nutritional deficiencies R
  • Cause hormonal imbalances R R
  • Cause sexual dysfunction R
  • Decrease bone density R
  • Decrease memory R
  • Decrease muscle mass R
  • Decrease senses of sight and smell R R
  • Enhance weight gain R
  • Increase blood pressure R
  • Increase risk of cancer R
  • Increase risk of developing Lupus R
  • Increase risk of gallbladder disease R
  • Increase risk of STDs R
  • Increase risk of stroke (and other forms of blood clots) R R
  • Reduce general well-being R

So, the goal here is: not to get pregnant and not have to use a hormonal contraceptive.

And if you wanted to learn about abstinence you probably wouldn't be here.

So let's get to it.

Alternatives To Hormonal Contraceptives

Barrier

Spermicide

Spermicides (such as nonoxynol‐9) are used to kill sperm. R

They are usually combined with barriers (see above). R

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

These methods are also referred to as Fertility Awareness Methods (FAMs).

A chart like this can be used to track fertility. 

  • Basal Body Temperature Method (BBT) R
  • Calendar (Rhythm) Method R
  • Ovulation (Mucus) Method R

Supplements

Other

  • Outercourse (Anal Sex or Oral Sex) R
  • Sterilzation 
  • Vasectomy R
  • Vasagel (male BC) R R
  • Withdrawal (Pull Out Method) R

Supplements While On The Pill

More Research

  • Contraceptives users preserve their carbohydrate reserves better than non-users during prolonged exercise and could thereby extend time to fatigue. R
  • OC users have significantly higher plasma pyridoxal, 4-pyridoxic acid, xanthurenic acid , 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid, quinolinic acid, and nicotinamide. R