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Natural Birth Control

Natural Birth Control

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What is natural birth control?

Natural birth control is a method of preventing pregnancy without the use of medications or physical devices. These concepts are based on awareness and observations about a woman�s body and menstrual cycle.

What are the most effective methods of birth control?

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the most popular methods of birth control in order of most effective to least effective are:

  • Female and male sterilization. Sterilization involves a surgical procedure to prevent pregnancy permanently. These are vasectomy for males and tubal ligation or occlusion for females.
  • Long-acting reversible contraceptives. These provide birth control with a 3- to 10-year lifespan. Examples are intrauterine devices and hormonal implants.
  • Short-acting hormonal methods. This includes birth control that you take every day or month like the pill, mini pills, patch, and vaginal ring. There�s also a shot that your doctor can administer every 3 months.
  • Barrier methods. These are used each time you have sex and include condoms, diaphragms, sponges, and cervical caps.
  • Rhythm method. This natural birth control method is based on the ovulation cycle. This involves abstaining from sex on the days when you�re most fertile and most likely to become pregnant.

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