Is there an Environmentally Friendly Form of Birth Control?

Well, is there?  Now that I am not pregnant, and hoping to stay that way, my thoughts have turned to what long term form of birth control I will use until the times comes for number two.  Even thought I am still nursing, I wouldn’t call that birth control.  Plenty of women still get pregnant when they are nursing.  I have never been one to chance that, so we have been using condoms to prevent baby making.

First of all, I hate condoms.  Besides being wasteful, they ruin the mood, the don’t exactly feel as good as the real thing, and they are a pain in the butt during the afterglow.  According to Slate magazine, condoms produce 152 million tons of trash annually.  That is a lot of sex people!  There are more natural condoms out there, ones made of lambskin.   This skeeves me out.  Even though they may break down easier than latex, the thought of lambskin being inside of me turns me off.


Used condoms found on a beach
Used condoms found on a beach



So what about the handy dandy “pill”?  Personally, I can not remember to take the pill.  I was on it years ago, and sometimes missed them.  But the main reason I never want to get back on them is that I don’t want to ingest hormones that create chaos in my body.  The wonderful effect they have, i.e., preventing babies from being made, also wreaks a lot of havoc in your system.  There is some funky chemistry being done that I don’t understand.  To me, it is like black magic.  Magically babies aren’t made because this little white pill played goalie.  But in reality, there are things being rearranged in my body.  That isn’t natural!  I rarely take medications, so why would I alter my body on a daily basis?

Plus, there have been recent stories in the news about what affect the hormones in birth control have on the eco system.  What goes in must come out.  When you take the pill, these extra hormones get peed out.  This urine goes into the water, and into the fishies.  There have been male fish found who have been “feminized” by the extra estrogen  in the water.  There could be a cocktail of fun drugs in our water, maybe I should start drinking some and have some fun!

There are other alternatives.  I personally would not, but you could get the Depo Shot.  It is a seasonal shot, so less waste but just as much junk being shot into your body.  No thanks.  The old school method of using a diaphragm.  This is like a female condom, but it is reusable.  It creates a barrier inside, but can you imagine the mess?  Plus, this is also a mega mood killer.  The sponge has made a comeback as of late, but it is not as reliable as condoms or the pill.  Also, it has to be thrown away after use.


The sponge... or at least a sponge
The sponge... or at least a sponge



More drastic forms of birth control offer reliable solutions with less waste.  A copper IUD, (intrauterine device) is 99% effective and lasts for ten years.  It is tiny too.  This is not for me either since I will want to get pregnant in the not too distant future.  It is in consideration for after I am done having children.  Then there are the permanent solutions: Tubal Ligation and Vasectomy.  Tubal Ligations are more popular, but are in fact more painful with a longer recovery time that getting the mister snipped.  But I believe they are more popular because men are wussies.  We have the babies, and also have to go under the knife to stop having babies as well.  But, if I had my way, the ultimate birth control would be a vasectomy.  They are outpatient, simple, and effective.  Well, mostly effective.  I think you may have to go twice.  And you have to allow time for all the spermies to make their way out.  If not, you could have a surprise “yay we are snipped and we can’t get pregnant so let’s have sex” baby!!!


A copper IUD on the left.
A copper IUD on the left.



If you are into it, there is such a thing as “natural family planning.”  Me, no thanks.  But if you like charting your ovulation, relying on breastfeeding, and using the pull and pray method, then it could be your ideal.

Personally, I am going to stick with the “I am too tired to have sex because the baby still wakes up 2-5 times a night, and for most of the night he sleeps in between me and my husband” form of birth control.   So far, so good!

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