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may have been totally removed from the market recently, and we understand that the Reflections diaphragm will soon be withdrawn as well.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

What makes the Caya diaphragm (originally called the SILCs diaphragm) 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.

We currently distribute 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. 

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?

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    Price (Inc. VAT):
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    Rely on Cyclotest to unlock the secrets of your fertility so you can plan or avoid pregnancy completely naturally.

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  2. ContraGel - Alternativa Natural al Espermicida - Tubo 60g
    Price (Inc. VAT):
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    • For use with cervical caps, diaphragms, FemCap and Caya
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    Don't let chemical laden nonoxynol-9 spermicide hinder your goal of all natural contraception. All diaphragms and cervical caps must be used with a contraceptive gel— choose ContraGel instead of N-9 based spermicide to avoid abrasive chemicals and skin irritation.

    ContraGel is available without a prescription. Large 60ml tube provides more applications than leading typical spermicide brands.

  3. Compra FemCap Capuchón Cervical Anticonceptivo en RDO Medical
    Price (Inc. VAT):
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    • Silicone dome securely caps the cervix; brim holds contraceptive gel in place
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    Release yourself from the endless side effects and long term health risks of hormonal birth control. Say goodbye to mood-killing condoms.

    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.

  4. Caya Diafragma Contorneado de Tamaño Único
    Price (Inc. VAT):
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    • Single-size design fits wide range of women
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    The classic barrier contraceptive just got a makeover! A new, more modern diaphragm with advanced design features to make insertion and removal easy and accurate. The Caya's one size technology reduces the need for refitting.

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    Milex silicone diaphragm with Omniflex spring mechanism. The Omniflex spring is highly flexible for easy insertion. Available in 60mm, 65mm, 70mm, 75mm, 80mm, 85mm & 90mm. Size must be determined by your Doctor or a trained healthcare professional.

  6. Milex Arcing Vaginal Diaphragms - For Reusable Birth Control - ENGLISH Version
    Price (Inc. VAT):
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    • Arching style diaphragm is tension adjusted and folds across on two hinged axes
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    Milex silicone diaphragm with an arcing hinge mechanism. These diaphragms can be compressed across two axes for insertion. Available in 60mm, 65mm, 70mm, 75mm, 80mm, 85mm, & 90mm. Correct size must be determined by your doctor or a trained health care professional.

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