How to ditch the Pill, naturally

Why a growing number of women are ditching the pill for all natural methods

Ashley Csanady

First they turned to organic hormone-free meat, eggs and milk, then eco-friendly shampoos and even make-up, now a growing number of women are seeking a natural form of birth control.

And, of course, there’s an app for that.

A growing number of young, educated professional women are turning to fertility awareness, a form of natural family planning that sounds like your grandmother’s rhythm method but is way more accurate. Essentially, instead of taking hormone-based or physical contraception, women track their internal body temperature each morning, monitor their cervical mucus for changes that occur with their monthly cycle and then abstain from sex or use a back-up form of birth control when they’re fertile. It’s best known as fertility awareness but goes by a number of other names.  [Full text]

Doctors Should Not Be Forced to Prescribe the Pill

Huffington Post

There’s a Toronto-based business called the Red Tent Sisters, which gives sex advice to women. They are advocates for women’s health, offering classes in everything from contraception to fertility and sexuality. They encourage women to leave hormonal contraception behind. “Ditch the Pill,” says their website, “and reclaim your health, happiness and future fertility.” Ditch the pill? To reclaim health? Happiness? What? The founders of the Red Tent Sisters teach that fertility awareness, also known as natural family planning, provides reliable contraception and is better for women’s health and the environment. There are many methods, but the commonality between them is that they eschew daily hormones and put women themselves in charge of their own sexual health without relying on Big Pharma. In short, fertility awareness is healthy and empowering. It could also soon be forbidden to advise or explain it for Ontario’s doctors. . . [Full Text]