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The Benefits of Non-Hormonal Birth Control

The Benefits of Non-Hormonal Birth Control

Birth control pills are the most popular form of contraception in the United States. They’re safe, simple, and effective — they contain synthetic hormones that reduce your chances of getting pregnant — but these days, the pill is far from your only option.

Plenty of hormonal contraceptives are available, from skin patches and arm implants to vaginal rings and intrauterine devices (IUDs). And there’s also another form of contraception that’s becoming more and more popular: non-hormonal birth control.

Non-hormonal birth control prevents pregnancy without using hormones, making it a good option for women who can’t or don’t want to take hormonal contraception. A few of the most common non-hormonal birth control options are condoms and copper IUDs, as well as diaphragms, cervical caps, and sponges with spermicide. 

Like other contraceptives, non-hormonal methods vary in efficacy and it’s important to use them correctly to prevent unintended pregnancy. But if you’re curious about non-hormonal birth control and its benefits, you’re in the right place.

Katie Ostrom, MD, and our team in Homer, Alaska, help women of all ages find the best birth control options for their needs. Non-hormonal birth control might be a good choice for you, and some of its best benefits are:

Lower risk of side effects

Hormonal contraceptives contain estrogen and/or progestin that interfere with your reproductive cycle and reduce your chances of getting pregnant. They’re effective, but the hormones can cause a range of symptoms that can make these options unappealing.

Some common side effects of hormonal birth control include:

Since non-hormonal contraceptives don’t use hormones to prevent pregnancy, they don’t carry the same risk of side effects.

Safer while breastfeeding

Certain hormonal birth control methods aren’t recommended for breastfeeding women. But if you’re not using birth control and you’re having sex while breastfeeding, you can still get pregnant.

Copper IUDs and barrier methods are generally safe for breastfeeding mothers. If you’ve recently had a baby and you’re not ready to get pregnant again, talk to Dr. Ostrom and our team about your birth control options.

Only used when you need it

Copper IUDs are inserted by your doctor and they last for up to 10 years. But you only use barrier methods, like condoms and diaphragms, when you’re having sex and you don’t use them when you’re not.

There’s no need to get prescriptions refilled, and there’s nothing you need to do if you aren’t having sex. For these reasons, barrier methods can be a good choice if you don’t have sex often and you don’t want to deal with daily, weekly, or monthly hormonal birth control options.

Increased protection against STIs

Condoms protect against unintended pregnancy, but they’re also the only form of birth control that protects against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and diseases (STDs). In fact, many people choose to use condoms as a backup method of birth control even if they use other methods too.

Dr. Ostrom and our team believe that every woman’s health needs are unique, and we’re dedicated to helping you enjoy your best health. Whether your body doesn't tolerate hormonal contraception or you’re simply looking for a more natural option, non-hormonal birth control might be right for you.

Schedule a birth control consultation with Dr. Ostrom to learn more. Call our office at 907-435-0555 or request an appointment online now.

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