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Birth Control

Which Non-Hormonal Birth Control Methods Should I Choose?

Barrier methods were once the de facto contraceptive method, but pharmaceutical companies and the illusion of putting women in control pushed them off the market and into near oblivion.

Thankfully, a resurgence of interest in alternative birth control methods is putting these much under appreciated contraceptive solutions back to the foreground. And with the knowledge gained by understanding your fertility window, you only have to use the barrier for about a week out of the entire month.

Condoms

Condoms are the easiest and most familiar barrier contraceptive. They are easy to use with little planning and have the unique benefit reducing the risk of sexually transmitted diseases. Many couples in stable relationships find putting on a condom is a bit of a mood killer, but with the power of fertility charting, you only need to use condoms one week out of the month.

Diaphragms: Empowering Women

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may have been totally removed from the market recently, and we understand that the Reflections diaphragm will soon be withdrawn as well.

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.

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.

We currently distribute 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 diaphragm comfortable

Caya: A New-Age Diaphragm

Caya is the modern take on traditional diaphragms: the old fashion yet effective birth control method featuring a circular silicon dome inserted into the vaginal canal before intercourse to block sperm from entering the cervix.

 

There are seven typical diaphragm sizes, and when using a traditional diaphragm, a precise fitting is essential to effective use. Using the wrong size diaphragm results in drastically less effective contraception. The fact that diaphragm size changes when you gain or loose weight, give birth, or go through other vaginal procedures further complicates the process of ensuring you are using the correct size device.

 

The Caya diaphragm replaces this difficult sizing system with one single size device. Caya is not a one size fits all diaphragm. Rather, once confirming you fall within the size range of 65mm to 80mm, you can use Caya without worrying about frequent refitting.

 

About 80% of women fit into the range of sizes that are compatible with Caya. Women who do not fit in this range must use either a traditional diaphragm or a cervical cap.

 

 

Single Size. Contoured Design.

The Caya diaphragm (called SLICs diaphragm during testing stages) created a new-age diaphragm revolution. Caya re-envisioned a perfect diaphragm, eliminating common complaints of difficulty removing the device and the need for extremely precise sizing.

 

Breakthroughs in design and technology resulted in a contoured shaped diaphragm, as opposed to the traditional circular diaphragm shape. This new shape conforms more accurately to the vaginal canal, is easier to use, more comfortable, and anatomically designed to fit a wide range of women. The rim of the Caya is feather light and easy to fold for insertion, yet flexible and strong enough to provide a secure fit.

 

Although an initial fitting is recommended, the Caya is available OTC (Over The Counter) in the EU. Diaphragm users who already know their size can easily replace their old diaphragms with Caya. For women who are can not find a health practitioner to fit them for a diaphragm or a Caya diaphragm, FemCap cervical cap is the only option that does not need to be sized at all.

caya diaphragm fitting or prescription

natural birth control with femcap

 

Natural Contraception

Finally, A Better Birth Control

Are you ready for natural, safe, and pleasurable sex?

 

Release yourself from the endless side-effects and long term health risks of hormonal birth control.

 

Say goodbye to mood mood-killing condoms.

 

FemCap is the ultimate natural birth control solution.

 

FemCap is a small and easily inserted cervical cap constructed from strong, medical grade hypoallergenic silicone. The dome of the cap, together with contraceptive gel, lightly suctions to the cervix, making it impossible for sperm to enter.

 

Simplified Sizing For All Women

 

femcap sizing


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 the size of the cervix itself.

 

 

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 easy to self-size. This is key to providing effective barrier contraceptive solutions where access to a Doctor for correct diaphragm sizing is not an option. Choose your size, order online, and you can start enjoying natural birth control right away.

The Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) & Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Our bodies are marvelous machines that function with astounding efficiency, and our cycles tell us almost everything we could need to know about what is going on inside of us. Identifying when we ovulate is the cornerstone to understanding our fertility.

 

ovulation and fertility tracking

 

The goal of barrier contraception is to prevent sperm from reaching and fertilizing an egg — but fertilization is biologically impossible unless a viable egg is present.

 

Natural Family Planning (NFP) and the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) identify ovulation, 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 Sympto-Thermal fertility charting to identify that fertility window. Ovulation causes a spike in Basal body temperature (BBT), so by recording that data every morning, you can see when you have ovulated.

 

With 99% reliability, why not let Cyclotest make your family planning decisions for you?

Ready to feel fantastic? Why not try these products:

  1. Cyclotest Monitores para la Planificación Familiar Natural
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £149.00
    • Accurate, easy to use, and multipurpose fertility monitor.
    • Advanced algorithm tracks & predicts your fertility window.
    • Homescreen displays your daily fertility status automatically.
    • German design and engineering. Certified 2b class medical device.
    • 2 Year Manufacturers Warranty. Start-up call. Email Support.
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £149.00
  2. ContraGel - Alternativa Natural al Espermicida - Tubo 60g
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £14.99
    • Large 60ml Tube. Expiry September 2019.
    • Spermicide Alternative. No Nonoxynol-9. Reduce irritation risk.
    • Use with Diaphragms, Caya or FemCap cervical cap.
    • Vegan. Gluten-free. Not tested on animals.
    • Class IIa Medical Device. CE Approved. Made in Europe.
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £14.99
  3. Gygel. Nonoxynol-9 Spermicide.
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £19.50
    • NHS approved for use without a prescription.
    • Nonoxynol-9 (N-9) based; hormone-free.
    • Instantly reversible contraception.
    • Must be used with a barrier contraceptive.
    • New larger 81ml tube.
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £19.50
  4. Glyde Condones Veganos - Paquete de 10 Condones
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £7.99
    • Pack of 10 Vegan Certified condoms.
    • Fair trade rubber. Non-GMO. Earth-friendly.
    • Paraben-free. Talc-free. Spermicide-free. Casein-free.
    • Extra sheer strength without added thickness.
    • 4 size options. Find your perfect fit.
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £7.99
  5. Compra FemCap Capuchón Cervical Anticonceptivo en RDO Medical
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £49.99
    • Hormone-Free Birth Control.
    • No prescription needed. Choose from 3 easy to determine sizes.
    • Easy to use. Designed to fit securely and comfortably.
    • Unlike a condom, does not interrupt skin-to-skin intimacy.
    • Made in the USA. FDA and Health Canada approved. EU/CE Certified.
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £49.99
  6. Caya Diafragma Contorneado de Tamaño Único
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £39.99
    • Safe, reliable and hormone-free birth control.
    • Single size design fits wide range of women.
    • Easy to use. Totally comfortable for both partners.
    • Suitable for 65mm, 70mm, 75mm or 80mm diaphragms users.
    • FDA and Health Canada approved. EU/CE 0470 Certified.
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £39.99
  7. Diafragmas Milex Omniflex - El Anticonceptivo de Barerra Reutilizable
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £49.99
    • Effective and hormone-free birth control.
    • Flexible Omnifelx rim can be folded in any direction.
    • Must be used with contraceptive gel.
    • 7 size options. Compatible with Ortho All-Flex sizing.
    • Discreet shipping to your door.
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £49.99
  8. Milex Arching Contraceptive Diaphragm
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £49.99
    • Effective and hormone-free birth control.
    • Arching rim is NOT flexible. Can only be folded on two axis.
    • Must be used with contraceptive gel.
    • 7 size options. Compatible with Ortho All-Flex sizing.
    • Discreet shipping to your door.
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £49.99
  9. Milex Diaphragm Fitting Kit
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £60.00
    • Allows healthcare professionals to determine diaphragm size.
    • Sterilizable. Can be repeatedly boiled or autoclaved.
    • Does not absorb odors or secretions.
    • Kit contains 65mm, 70mm, 75mm, 80mm & 85mm test diaphragms.
    • Includes storage box with lid and instructions for use.
    Price (Inc. VAT):
    £60.00

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