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Birth Control Methods


This post will be helpful to reference as you read though the various blogs about perceptions of birth control. This is a comprehensive list of possible contraceptive methods.


Non hormonal

  • Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABMs)

    • sympto-thermal methods

    • sympto-hormonal methods

    • cervical fluid only methods

  • Copper IUD*

  • Tubal ligation

  • Vasectomy 

  • Withdrawal

  • Abstinence

  • Spermicide** (to used in combination with other barrier methods)

Progestin only (progestin is synthetic progesterone)

  • Mini pill

  • Depo-Provera Shot

  • Implants (Nexplanon)

  • Mirena IUD

  • Skyla IUD


Estrogen & Progestin Hormone Methods

  • The Pill  (a catch all for 40+ combinations of different types of synthetic estrogen and 4 generations of progestins)

  • The patch

  • Vaginal ring


Barrier methods

  • Male condoms

  • Female condoms

  • Dental dam

  • Diaphragm

  • Cervical cap

  • Sponge



*Though the copper IUD is said to be non-hormonal, having a foreign object in the uterus is not natural and high levels of copper in the blood have been known to cause copper toxicity and disrupt estrogen. The copper IUD works by disrupting vaginal ph and cervical fluid and making the womb inhospitable to implantation.


**Spermicide disrupts vaginal ph and stops sperm from reaching the egg.



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