Birth Control

Welcome to CycleMatters, our online sex education and female health hub. Here at Natural Cycles, we’re aware there’s a knowledge gap when it comes to women’s health - something we want to change. Read articles on planning or preventing pregnancy, menstruation and more!

Whilst working on the topic of contraceptive choice at Natural Cycles, I had the opportunity to catch up with the founder of Holistic Health Code, Megan Tantillo BSN, RN, who is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a special interest in women's health. Read on below to find out what kind of frequent topics surface when she talks to her patients about contraceptive choice!

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There are many different birth control options available. They vary in effectiveness, ease of use and whether they contain hormones or not. Different methods can also have various side-effects - both positive and negative - and this varies from woman to woman. However, the most important thing is that they are made available so each woman can find a birth control option that best fits her. Comparing different types of birth control isn’t always easy as there are so many factors to consider. Read on to find out more about the birth control options available.

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In the 1700s women used lemons as birth control, the ancient Egyptians used crocodile dung as a sperm-killing suppository, and on top of that, early versions of the condom were reusable... Let’s take a step back through time and look at the weird and wacky wonders of non-hormonal birth control methods and where we’ve ended up in the 21st century.

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People have sought to control reproduction through countless different methods in history. Looking back on some of the methods, many seem rather bizarre: urging women to hold her breath during intercourse and immediately sneezing after ejaculation, blocking the passage of sperm by lemons or how about moistening a sponge with brandy? Thankfully, scientific and medical research has advanced and over the years, we have become more knowledgeable about effective methods of birth control.

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