Barrier Contraception

Barrier contraceptives allow for non hormonal contraception

You don't have to poison yourself in order to have reliable birth control! Green, natural, organic birth control, that can actually increase your wellness exists! Barrier contraceptives are experiencing a comeback as women are taking control of their health and becoming more aware of hormone-free methods of birth control.

Condoms are the most popular barrier contraceptives, but other barriers that are more suited to long term use, such as diaphragms and cervical caps, are also gaining popularity. The introduction of natural alternatives to spermicide such as ContraGel, and the replacement of latex with durable silicone, are making these options more viable for the consumer.

Remember though, condoms can prevent against STD's but barriers and cervical caps can not. However if that is not your concern, if you're in a stable relationship for example, then the focus is on preventing pregnancy. If that's the case then it's worth reading up on Fertility Awareness and how you can identify your Fertility Window. It's only a week long and the only time you need to use your barrier contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. The rest of the time you really can go natural!

 

 

 

Male Condoms: Champions In The Fight Against HIV

Condoms For STD Protection and Barrier Contraception The male condom is one of the most popular barrier devices on the market. Besides it's obvious contraceptive value, it can also be used to reduce the risk of spreading or contracting sexual transmitted disease such as HIV, chlamydia, and syphilis. Condoms are placed over a man’s erect penis and act as a physical barrier, preventing ejaculated semen from entering the body of the sexual partner.

The discovery of HIV and AIDS in the 1980s dramatically increased the demand for condoms. Condoms protect against STD transmission in hetrosexual couples and in higher risk homosexual couples. Condoms are undoubtedly the most iconic symbol of the ongoing and historic fight against AIDS.

Intense educational campaigns about the benefits of condom removed the social stigma associated with condom possession. In mainstream Western cultures an unmarried woman who has condoms in her purse is viewed as being prudent rather than promiscuous; an unmarried man with condoms in his wallet is being responsible.

When used properly during each act of intercourse the pregnancy rate is only 2% per year. The ease of use, lack of side effects, and accessible pricing makes them a popular option, especially outside of long-term relationships where the risk of STD transmission is higher.

Some condoms are pre-lubricated with a small amount of Nonoxynol-9 spermicide.  Consumer Reports have concluded that these spermicide-lubricated condoms don’t actually aid in preventing pregnancy.  They do have a shorter lifespan than regular condoms, and are believed to cause urinary-tract infections in women.  However, applying separately packaged spermicide or contraceptive gel to condoms can increase it's efficiency.

 

 

Diaphragms: Empowering Women

Latex and Silicone Diaphragms for Barrier Contraception

Diaphragms were invented in the mid 1800s and peeked in popularity around the 1930s. Then, with the rise of hormonal contraceptives and the pill, diaphragms fell into oblivion. Although they are one of the few female-controlled and extremely low-risk birth control options, many women view this form of birth control as old fashioned, or don't even know it exists.

The traditional diaphragm developed very little during its life, the circular device covers the cervix to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. Better and more comfortable springs and the transition to silicone over latex did improve on the basic functioning of the device.

The Janssen owned Ortho branded All Flex diaphragm may have been totally removed from the market recently, and we understand that the Reflections diaphragm will soon be withdrawn as well.

The Cooper Surgical owned Milex brand diaphragm is still in active production. Milex offers two diaphragm options, each with different spring mechanisms. The 'Arcing' style spring folds in the middle across one axis, and the' Omniflex' style is flexible and folds in all directions. The different spring mechanisms do not effect reliability, choosing between the two is a matter of personal preference. The Omniflex style generally the more popular choice.

Sizing across diaphragm brands is compatible. For example, an All-Flex user with a prescription for a 70mm diaphragm could use a 70mm Milex Omniflex diaphragm.

RDO Medical currently distributes all sizes of the Milex Omniflex and Milex Arcing diaphragms and the relevant fitting kits for clinical use as well as ContraGel Green natural contraceptive gel. Both are available for immediate shipping on a wholesale and retail basis.

 

 

Caya: A More Accessible Diaphragm

Caya New Generation Of Diaphragm for Barrier Contraception

What makes the Caya diaphragm (named the SILCs diaphragm during its development and early testing) truly revolutionary is its single sized construction and design. The contoured device is suitable for users of the 65, 70, 75 and 80mm traditional circular diaphragms. Although an initial fitting is recommended, repeat fitting and dramatic size fluctuations should not effect the Caya's efficiency.

The new contoured design increases the contraceptive reliability compared to the old circular designs, and a dimpled section at one end makes removal easier and more comfortable which was always a major complain with the traditional styles.

New materials and a smarter design process mean that a lighter and more flexible frame can be incorporated, covered with a softer yet stronger silicone based membrane.

RDO Medical currently distributes the English and Spanish language version of the Caya as well as ContraGel Green natural contraceptive gel, available for immediate shipping on a wholesale and retail basis.

 

 

The FemCap, A Tighter Seal & Smaller Design

FemCap Cervical Cap For Barrier Contraception A cervical cap, as the name suggests, caps the cervix in contrast to a diaphragm that sits inside the vaginal cavity and is held in place by muscular support from all sides. The traditional diaphragm design can slip out of place, and if just one side moves too far inwards or outwards, the protective seal may be broken. A Cervical cap on the other hand caps the cervix like a thimble capping your thumb producing and tight and secure seal. Adding a contraceptive gel or spermicide to the inner side of the FemCap creates suction between the curved inner side of the FemCap that is almost air tight around the protruding cervix.

With the FemCap, accessibility to a doctor trained in diaphragm sizing is no longer necessary. Diaphragm sizing is decided by the ever changing size of the vaginal cavity which can fluctuate as a woman gains or looses weight or exercises to achieve firmer muscle mass in the buttocks, lower abdomen and inner thigh area.

Since the FemCap sits on top of the cervix, its size is determined by cervix size. After puberty, a woman's cervix size corresponds to a 22mm FemCap unless she becomes pregnant. Two weeks after conception, the cervix dilates irreversibly. This is important because even if a women miscarries early in the pregnancy and perhaps is not even aware she conceived, her cervix size has changed and a 26mm FemCap is now necessary. Vaginal delivery once again changes the cervix size; the correct size for someone who has had a vaginal delivery is 30mm.

This simple sizing system based on a woman's obstetric history means it is simple to self-size. This is key to providing effective barrier contraceptive solutions for the Developing World where access to a Doctor for correct diaphragm sizing is not an option. The smaller device is also more user friendly and less intimidating then a larger diaphragm.

RDO Medical currently distributes the English and Spanish language version of the FemCap as well as ContraGel Green natural contraceptive gel, available for immediate shipping on a wholesale and retail basis.

 

 

ContraGel: Enabling Effective Barrier Usage Without Chemicals

Contragel natural spermicide alternative Many couples are prevented from using barrier methods of contraception because of the simple fact that those barriers need an additional component of a spermicidal gel, and many report skin irritations as a result of spermicide usage. The active ingredient in most traditional spermicides, Nonoxynol 9, is a chemical that kills sperm on contact. Not surprisingly, a chemical that kills sperm can also cause unpleasant side effects on intimate areas.

ContraGel is a spermicide alternative that does not contain Nonoxynol 9 at all. Its natural ingredients don't need the overkill of such powerful pharmaceuticals, the barrier is sealed with the ContraGel and the viscosity of the gel and its low pH immobilise the sperm, ensuring no live sperm complete their intended journey.

The 60 gramme tube of ContraGel typically provides 15-20 applications. These numbers are based on the typical requirements of three to four ml applied to diaphragms and cervical caps for each act of intercourse. Additional ContraGel should be applied to the barrier with a finger or vaginal applicator if more then one act of intercourse occurs.

RDO Medical is the official UK and Eire distributor of ContraGel Green natural contraceptive gel. It is available for immediate shipping on a wholesale and retail basis.

 

Learn About The 6 -8 Days Each Cycle When Barrier Contraceptives Are Needed To Prevent Pregnancy

cyclotest can identify your fertility window The goal of barrier contraception is to prevent perm from reaching and fertilizing an egg — but fertilization is biologically impossible unless a viable egg is present

Natural Family Planning (NFP) and Fertility Awareness (FA) identify when there is or is not an egg present, nullifying the need for contraceptives most of the month. Sperm can live inside the womb for up to 5 days, and ovulation releases an egg which is able to be fertilized for one day. That six day span is referred to as the fertility window, and is the only time there is actually a real need for a barrier device.

Cyclotest uses Symptothermal fertility charting to identify that fertility window by using a daily basal body temperature (BBT) reading. Changes in the BBT readings help identify ovulation and form the fertility window.

With 99% reliability, why not let Cyclotest make your contraceptive decisions for you? RDO Medical currently distributes the English and Spanish language versions of Cyclotest and is available for immediate shipping.

 

 

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  1. French Letter Fair Trade  Vegan Condoms for Ethical Contraception with No Hormones.

    French Letter Fair Trade Condoms - Pack of 12

    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.

     

    • Fair Trade condoms
    • Contain no animal by-products
    • 12 condoms in each pack
    • 3 different styles to choose from
    • Sheer Caress - Silky Light for a Real Feeling
    • Linger Lust - Each with integrated potency ring which prolongs and enhances performance
    • Stimulating Massage - Smothered in indulgent studs and ribs

     

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    Price (Inc. VAT): £7.99

  2. Buy The FemCap Cervical Cap

    FemCap Cervical Cap for Hormone Free Barrier Contraception

    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.

     

    • 100% Natural Instantly Reversible Contraception. 
    • Totally Hormone Free. 
    • Latex Free. 
    • Vegan - Contains No Animal By-Products.
    • Over 10 Years Production History. 
    • American Manufactured. 
    • FDA Approved. 
    • Health Canada Approved.
    • EU / CE 0470 Certified.

     

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    Price (Inc. VAT): £50.00

  3. Milex Omniflex Diaphragms - For Reusable Barrier Contraception

    Milex Omniflex Diaphragms - For Reusable Barrier Contraception

    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.

     

    • High Durability And Longer Use Life
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Avoids Latex Allergy
    • Does Not Absorb Odours or Secretions
    • Sterilizable, Can Be Boiled or Autoclaved
    • Broad Rim With Lip Keeps Gel Inside Diaphragm And Keeps Tight Fit
    • Sizing Compatible With Ortho All-Flex Sizing
    • Storage Box And Instructions For Use Included

     

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    Price (Inc. VAT): £39.99

  4. Milex Arcing Diaphragms - The Reusable Barrier Contraceptive

    Milex Arcing Diaphragms - For Reusable Barrier Contraception

    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.

     

    • High Durability And Longer Use Life
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Avoids Latex Allergy
    • Does Not Absorb Odors or Secretions
    • Sterilizable, Can Be Boiled or Autoclaved
    • Broad Rim With Lip Keeps Gel Inside Diaphragm And Keeps Tight Fit
    • Sizing Compatible With Ortho All-Flex Sizing
    • Storage Box And Instructions For Use Included

     

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  5. Caya Single Size Contoured Diaphragm

    Caya Single Size Contoured Diaphragm

    Caya is a single-size contraceptive barrier device designed to fit a broad range of women. The contoured diaphragm design is easy to use and offers discreet contraceptive protection.

     

    • 100% Natural Instantly Reversible Contraception. 
    • Totally Hormone Free. 
    • Latex Free.
    • One Size Fits Most Women.
    • Suitable for users of 65mm, 70mm, 75mm or 80mm diaphragms.
    • EU / CE 0470 Certified.
    • Not Available In Australia or USA.

     

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    Price (Inc. VAT): £40.00

  6. Pesante - Pack of 3 X Female Condoms

    Pasante Non-Spermicidally Lubricated, Non-Latex Female Condoms

    Pasante branded pack of Female Condoms. Giving women choice. Non-spermicidally lubricated non-latex female condom. Soft and comfortable, it lines the inside of the vagina and provides superior heat transfer and sensitivity. Compatible with ContraGel and YES lubricants.

     

    • Length: 170mm, Width: 80mm, Average Thickness: 50 microns.
    • Currently the world's ONLY non-spermicidally lubricated non-latex female condom.
    • Can be inserted up to an hour before.
    • Odourless, tasteless and does not require male erection.
    • Prevents the spread of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and AIDS.
    • Does not reduce a male partner's stimulation.
    • Protects the vagina and vulva.
    • Can be used by people with latex sensitivities.
    • Erection not necessary to keep condom in place.

     

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    Price (Inc. VAT): £5.50

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