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What is a recommended birth control pill or birth control method apart from condoms?

There are several birth control methods to consider. The natural way is the rhythm method, which involves avoiding intercourse right before, during and after ovulation, which is the time of the month when an egg is released from the ovaries and you can conceive. You will need to know your cycle well and have regular cycles in order to use this method. A woman who has a regular menstrual cycle has about 9 or more days each month when she is able to get pregnant. These fertile days are about 5 days before and 3 days after ovulation, as well as the day of ovulation.

Other options include IUDs (intrauterine devices), which come in a variety of types. They are highly effective, very safe and well tolerated. Diaphragm, contraceptive sponges and spermicide are other options to consider but they are not as effective as IUDs.

Here is a link to a good overview of the various methods of birth control: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/birth-control-methods.cfm

Sherry Torkos
Sherry Torkos is a pharmacist, author, certified fitness instructor, and health enthusiast who enjoys sharing her passion with others. Sherry graduated with honors from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1992. Since that time she has been practicing holistic pharmacy in the Niagara area. Her philosophy of practice is to integrate conventional and complementary therapies to optimize health and prevent disease. Sherry has won several national pharmacy awards for providing excellence in patient care. As a leading health expert, Sherry has delivered hundreds of lectures to medical professionals and the public. She is frequently interviewed on radio and TV talk shows throughout North America and abroad. Sherry has authored fourteen books & booklets, including The Glycemic Index Made Simple and Breaking the Age Barrier. Her most recent book, The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine has become a national best-seller. For more information, visit: www.sherrytorkos.com

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