Birth Control and Fertility Awareness
Human sexuality, pregnancy prevention, and pregnancy intention are all complicated issues. And, people must balance a range of trade-offs when selecting the contraceptive option that works best for their unique situation. Many methods are available, which work differently and have diverse side effects, as well as other important considerations. Complicating matters, what one person sees as a benefit, another might view as a drawback.
Birth control pills are a great option for women looking to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: combined hormonal contraception (CHC) pills, which contain both estrogen and progestin and are the most commonly prescribed in the US, and mini-pills, which only contain progestin.
Access to safe, effective contraception is essential to women’s lives. The NHWN believes that women must have complete information about the risks and benefits of various birth control methods so they can make an informed decision about what is best for them and their lives.
I have been hearing about an app called Natural Cycles. What is it? Is it an effective method of contraception?
Natural Cycles is the first smartphone application (“app”) for contraception cleared by the FDA. It is a high-tech version of the classic rhythm method (also called natural family planning or the fertility awareness method) in which users track their ovulation cycles in order to avoid pregnancy.
Natural Cycles is the first smartphone application (“app”) for contraception cleared by the FDA. Visit our advocacy fact sheet to learn more about the role politics may have played in expediting the FDA’s clearance of Natural Cycles and why consumers should think twice.
Many women may want to skip their periods for a number of reasons, such as travel, a busy week, painful menstruation, etc. The good news is: Doctors say it’s just as healthy to skip your period each month as it is to have it.
Birth control implant is a small, thin rod the size of a matchstick that releases hormones which prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. These implants are inserted under the skin into the upper arm area by a nurse or doctor, and they can last for up to 4 years. They are not the same as IUDs (intrauterine devices), which are tiny devices inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy.