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Different types of birth control: from the pill to the patch

Discover more about the pros and cons to conventional types of birth control

Are you looking for a method of contraception that fits to you and your life? Here in Daysy's guidebook we introduce the most popular types of birth control and explain existing alternatives.

Hormonal birth control: pill, rod, IUD and patch

For many years, different hormonal types of birth control were the primary choice, in particular for young women. All of these types have the same effect: The continuous release or regular intake of artificial female hormones changes the body's natural hormonal balance, so that it no longer ovulates and no uterine lining is built up. With all the different types of birth control that rely on hormones, an unwanted pregnancy is highly unlikely as long as they are taken regularly, as prescribed.

While it has practically become standard practice to prescribe the pill to young girls, even long before their first sexual experiences, the pill does not come without side effects and risks. And according to the patient information leaflets of different types of hormonal birth control, these side effects are not uncommon. The artificially induced changes in your hormonal balance can lead to or worsen headaches, migraines, mood swings, loss of libido, and even depression. In addition, they bear an increased risk for thrombosis and other diseases. Make sure to get competent advice and inform yourself extensively before choosing hormonal birth control.

Barrier methods - Contraception with condom, diaphragm and the like

Contraceptives such as the condom or the diaphragm inhibit sperm from reaching the egg by establishing a mechanical barrier. Both, but the condom in particular, keep the intrusion into the body at a minimum. In addition, these types of birth control are used only when required and do not put strain on your body whenever you are not having sex. Many couples do, however, consider barrier methods as restricting the spontaneity of their sex life. Condoms and diaphragms are sometimes also considered as disruptive during sex, although they can hardly be felt.

But their biggest disadvantage is that the safety of these different types of birth control gravely depends on their proper storage and use. The condom's latex, for instance, can crack when exposed to sun or when stored inside a warm pocket. When using a diaphragm, special attention should always be paid to the correct application of spermicide and the proper placement in front of the cervix. Only this way can relatively safe protection be ensured.

Hormonal IUD - invasion of your uterus

The copper IUD and the more modern copper coil are not prone to such errors. Both are inserted into your uterus once by a gynaecologist and can remain there for up to 5 years. But the copper IUD nonetheless has its disadvantages. It is a foreign object inside your sensitive uterus that you always carry around with you. The IUD can shift from its proper place and cause pain. The insertion itself is also not free of pain. In the unlikely, yet possible case you get pregnant despite the IUD, the IUD usually has to be removed. This procedure can lead to further complications.

For many women, the copper IUD or copper coil is the only alternative to hormonal birth control. However, many women are not aware that a completely different option to treat the topic of family planning even exists.

Daysy is not a type of contraception - but a real alternative

Daysy is a highly modern menstrual cycle tracker with a unique algorithm that can determine your fertile and infertile phases with an accuracy of 99,3%. Knowing your fertility status gives you the freedom to choose to either avoid having intercourse during your fertile phase or use a barrier method – but only when you need to. With Daysy, you avoid hormones and invasive procedures entirely. Daysy helps you to live and love in unison with your natural, female cycle.

Calculating your fertility with Daysy is very simple: Every morning before getting up, you put Daysy's highly sensitive test prod underneath your tongue for 30 to 60 seconds and wait for a signal to indicate that the measurement has finished. If you are currently menstruating, you confirm that via the push of a button. That's it! Right away, Daysy displays your fertility status for the next 24 hours via a green or red light. If you no longer want to take hormones or use the IUD, Daysy is a 100% natural, hormone-free alternative with 99,3% accuracy!

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