We at Ethical Family Planning have one goal in mind: education. We feel women should be empowered to make informed decisions about their birth control methods, and not be forced to pop a pill every day for the rest of her fertile life because of simply not knowing there are other options. Totally natural Fertility Awareness, hormone-free barrier contraceptives, or even synthetic hormones, there is no single form of birth control that is ideal for all women of all ages at all points of life.
The popularity of non hormonal birth control is increasing every day as women take control over their bodies and learn about their contraceptive options. Countless products, such as chemical free spermicide alternatives, more effective barriers, and contraceptive monitors that make fertility charting a breeze are available to help the health conscious consumer succeed with the birth control of her choice. Of course, we recommended you always discuss your findings with your doctor or a family planning consultant.
If you are researching various contraceptive methods, it means you are not just following the crowd and using a hormonal contraception because it is what everyone seems to do. Good for you. But as you will soon learn there are so many methods of contraception that choosing what is best for you can be confusing
Hormonal or non-hormonal, IUDs, barriers, cervical caps and much more - we break down all the different methods available to you and give the pros and cons of each one.
Since hormonal contraception was first introduced in the 1960's it has become far and away the most popular form of birth control. It gives a woman control over her fertility and is easy to use. And many times, the pill is a necessary form of birth control.
However, the side effects of hormonal contraception are not often talked about, but extremely significant. Learn about the carcinogenic effect of hormones and hormonal contamination to our environment and other long lasting affects.
Condoms are over and above the most popular and well known barrier contraceptive, but for people looking to go 'non-hormonal,' they are not the only barrier option.
Those who practice Fertility Awareness will oftentimes use a barrier contraceptive, but many do not like the feeling of a silicone sheath obstructing the natural intimacy of skin to skin contact. Diaphragms, cervical caps, and and contraceptive sponges are all less known methods of birth control that can be very effective in preventing pregnancy.
If you want a short term method of contraception that is all natural, you may automatically think condoms. But what exactly is going into the typical drug store condom?
French Letter condoms are the perfect option for the vegan and environmentally aware consumer. With three different styles to choose from for an enhanced intimate experience, you are sure to find the perfect Eco-friendly complement to your love life.
Many women who are seeking a natural for of birth control choose a diaphragm, to use either as their sole contraceptive method or to use in conjunction with Natural Family Planning where the diaphragm will only need during the short fertility window.
A diaphragm is a latex or silicone cup with a firm flexible rim and shallow dome that is inserted within the vaginal canal to block sperm from entering the cervix. Spermicide is applied to the outer surface of the diaphragm in order to stop sperm from creeping in through the sides.
The FemCap cervical cap is the premier barrier contraceptive on the market today. Barrier contraceptives are experiencing a revival as couples learn about the benefits of going non-hormonal and are seeking a safe, natural, easy to use, and effective contraceptive option.
FemCap is a 100% natural, vegan-friendly form of reversible contraception. It is hormone and latex free and has been in production for over 10 years. It was designed to improve on diaphragms that are larger and intimidating to insert and condoms that interrupt the flow of the sexual experience and can break or tear.
Most couples who choose barrier contraceptives do so for the environmental and health benefits of going non-hormonal, but what about the accompanying spermicide that must be used in order to keep a barrier contraceptive effective. Are they natural too?
Unfortunately, many spermicides are laden with an alarming amount of chemicals that often cause skin irritation and can be harmful to your health. Get educated on what is actually in your spermicide before you decide to buy.
ContraGel is the all-natural, vegan, safe and effective spermicide alternative that is taking the barrier contraceptive world by storm.
With 100% natural ingredients, ContraGel Green reduces the risk and occurrence of many adverse reactions which are synonymous with chemically packed spermicides, in particular those containing Nonoxynol-9.
Some women looking to use a natural spermicide and frustrated by their pharmacies weak offering look to their pantries to see if they can whip up a spermicide in the kitchen.
Even though we usually praise the Do-It-Yourself effort to have complete and secure knowledge about what is going into your food, cosmetics, anything else you venture to make, we strongly advise against homemade spermicide. Their effectiveness is minimal at best.
Deciding to embark on a journey towards hormone free birth control is a liberating decision, but it may also seem like a lot of work you don't really have time for. Taking your temperature each morning and creating, maintaining, and most importantly understanding a chart can be overwhelming. Don't worry - you're not alone!
Contraceptive Monitors such as Cyclotest take all the hard work out of Natural Family Planning. With Cyclotest, all you have to do is take your temperature from an integrated thermometer on your handheld device and a clear chart, with your complete fertility story, will instantly appear. Brilliant!
No matter which contraceptive monitor you choose, we are confident you will be happy in your decision to get in touch with your natural rhythm and help yourself and the environment by staying hormone free.
There are numerous monitors options though, each with subtle and not so subtle differences. We compare features such at BBT features, adding additional fertility indicators, downloading data, and display features.
Cyclotest contraceptive monitors are the premier contraceptive monitors on the market today. Deceptively small and convenient for such a versatile device, this powerhouse package is your key to successful natural family planning.
It is built with the busy women in mind, with small details like an alarm, a built in thermometer, and an intuitive, clear display that marks your fertility window. But hands down, the best part about Cyclotest is its incredible 99% reliability.
Starting at: £0.00
99% Accurate, cyclotest 2 Plus sympto-thermal fertility monitor for contraception can monitor your daily basal body temperature (BBT) and menstruation data (plus optionally LH hormone surges, cervical mucus if you wish) to accurately identify ovulation and as a result predict your fertility window, letting you know when intercourse could lead to pregnancy.
Starting at: £0.10
French Letter vegan condoms are guaranteed to be free of Nonoxynol 9 spermicide which will save a lot of people a lot of itching. They are totally compatible with ContraGel, our natural alternative to spermicide and YES organic lubricants.
Starting at: £2.50
A latex free, cervical cap for hormone free contraception. The simple system of having only 3 sizes available means that you can decide the correct size yourself without having a fitting from your Doctor or Gynecologist.
Starting at: £2.95
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Milex silicone diaphragm, with Omniflex style spring. Available in 60mm, 65mm, 70mm, 75mm, 80mm, 85mm, 90mm. Sizing must be determined by your Doctor or Gynaecologist.
Starting at: £2.95
ContraGel Green, the Natural, Vegan Alternative to Spermicide, large 60g tube. The ideal gel for your diaphragm or cervical cap, natural and safe. Compatible with YES Organic lubricants and our range of vegan condoms.
Starting at: £2.95
Milex silicone diaphragm, with Arcing style spring. Available in 60mm, 65mm, 70mm, 75mm, 80mm, 85mm, 90mm. Sizing must be determined by your Doctor or Gynaecologist.
Starting at: £16.50
Cyclotest Lady BBT Thermometer is an exceptionally high quality thermometer which comes with a cayy case which contains fertility charts to map ovulation for Natural Family Planning (NFP).
Starting at: £29.00
Cyclotest 2 Plus Software, an optional addition for a Cyclotest monitor which allows the users fertility profile to be downloaded to their computer. This can be printed off or PDF'd to email to their Doctor if needed. Note, this is included for free when buying the Cyclotest Baby device.