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I have tried several hormonal birth control methods including mono and tri cyclens and they depleated my mood and natural lubrication and gave me abdominal pains and some pretty rough periods. I want to try a different non hormonal method that does not include covering the penis or vagina with latex or inserting weird cup shaped things. I'd like to apply the most natural and non evasive method I can. I talked to my gyno and she recommended an IUD but I've started to hear infertility horror stories already and I know that you don't recommend them for young women, I'm 19 and I want to have kids but not for at least 5 years. What should I do besides condoms and monogamy and checkups??
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Here's the thing: it's a little silly to be looking for a "natural" method for something that's about thwarting nature. Essentially, NO methods of birth control are "natural," and certainly not hormonal contraceptives. And just because they aren't natural doesn't make them weird or problematic.

It definately sounds like hormonal methods aren't for you (though it should be mentioned that lately many women who have had troubles with the pill or depo have been reporting the nuvaring is working for them). And no, I'd not suggest an IUD for younger women, pre-childbirth, and neither would most GYNs who serve young women, in my experience.

That leaves you with cervical caps or diaphragms (which if you use a Keeper or tampons, are really no different), as well as condom use. If you want to combine something more "natural" with condoms for backup, you can start charting your cycles as well, and then abstain from ALL procreative sexual activity when you discover you're most fertile, using condoms all other times.

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