You've probably heard the joke "you know what you call a couple who use the rhythm and pull-out methods? Parents."
More and more women are abandoning traditional contraception (Condoms, the Pill, etc) for what some consider to be "Voodoo"
The contraceptive pill boasts a side effect list including:
- Breast tenderness
- Moodiness and the list goes on....
Its no wonder that women are seemingly flocking from hormonal contraceptives. As for condoms - We understand! They certainly don't feel as good as natural sex. IUDs have their own side effects, diaphragms are tricky and rely on a doctor's appointment... it seems that wherever we turn, we are either expected to rely on someone else to control our fertility, or we are powerless.
When hormonal and barrier contraceptives aren't an option that women are willing to engage in, and permanent sterilisation options are limited, risky, and come with drastic side effects of their own, not to mention they're.... permanent... what is this voodoo that women are supposedly engaging in?
Charting and tracking
While on its own, the withdrawal method is notoriously ineffective, charting and tracking can be an effective means of contraception. Note however, it does not protect against STDs.
Understanding your cycles and fertility means that you can roughly predict when you're fertile. Meaning that that time of the month is a good time to abstain from sex or use a method such as a condom.
The Billing's method claims to be as effective as the pill when followed correctly. It's a simple, sexy, straightforward method of monitoring your cervical mucous.
There are also several tools and apps that allow you to chart, track, and monitor your body. Checking symptoms such as cervical mucous, basal body temperature, cervix position, and hormones.
Scientifically discovering, monitoring and learning about your body is far from voodoo, luck or superstition. Its awareness, and empowering. During your fertile period, abstaining or using other barrier contraceptive methods like condoms give you options.
Good communication, team work, and dedication to good sex and fertility awareness make natural fertility a viable option for women.
It seems that there is a big education gap when it comes to all things fertility, and more frank, real conversations need to be had to demystify sex.
Our take on the issue?
- Be smart, get aware of your body, know your fertility - don't rely on one method alone (i.e. ONLY a period tracker)
- Be aware of the risks and benefits
- Communicate with your partner(s) and make sure they're playing on the same team as you
- In short, get savvy and take responsibility for your body and sex!