marie claire 07/10/2015
Coming Off The Pill: What Are The Alternatives?
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Are you and the pill over? You’re done with its crap - the weight gain, the hormonal spikes and the increased risk of breast cancer - and after a long-term relationship you’ve decided it’s time for you to seek out a change for your own good. Whatever. You’re over it. But what are you going to do now? Like a newly single lady, you need to assess your options and move on. You need to find out what is out there and see what you’ve been missing.
Natural Family Planning
Log into any apps account and type in the words period tracking and you’ll be faced with an abundance of apps – such as Daysy, Wink and ONDO - that will help you keep an eye on whether you’re meant to be ‘on’ or not. These, as well as a high-tech thermometer that promises to calculate your chances of getting pregnant are becoming the new fangled ways to keep on top of your cycle and potentially prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Harking back to forms of Natural Family Planning (or the ‘rhythm method’) can help track your fertility.
Good for you if: you’re up for keeping a daily record of your fertility signals (e.g. temperature, fluids coming from your cervix) and you have time to learn as it can take up to six menstrual cycles to be fully up to scratch with this method.