Heavy Flow Question Period: Using barrier methods for birth control with Ashley Hartman Annis

If you’re interested in using Fertility Awareness for birth control, you might be wondering what your options are for birth control during your fertile window. Ashley Hartman Annis, a fertility awareness educator and full spectrum doula in training, joins me to talk all things barrier methods.

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What we discussed: 

  • Benefits and risks associated with barrier methods of birth control including condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and sponges
  • Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about spermicide: what it is, how does it affect your cervical fluid, natural and DIY options (use at your own risk!)
  • Withdrawl
  • Using barrier methods within the context of Fertility Awareness
  • Who is responsible for birth control in a relationship?
  • Tips for finding condoms that work for you and your partner

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Resources mentioned in this episode:

Caya diaphragm
Femcamp cervical cap
Anneres Health – Canadian distributor of Caya and Femcamp
Natural MD Radio: Why condoms are a women’s issue
Sustain Naturals
Natural spermicide options: Neem, homemade spermicide recipe,

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Music Credit: Julia and Bradley of Home Studios
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