I was looking for an informative post for my fan page on Facebook. I stumbled upon this post from Occupy Menstruation linked here and copied and pasted here for anyone who isn't on facebook. :)
So I reposted it to my fan page, here, and it began an interesting dialog between myself and the Admin over at Occupy Menstruation! My suggestion was for women to use Neem Oil as a natural spermicide when using the Diaphragm or even WITHOUT it. :)
Sister Zeus has WONDERFUL information up about Neem and other forms of Herbal Contraception on her website.
I have been using Neem in two ways. My Male partner is taking the Neem Capsules. I have been using the Neem Oil internally. We have not gotten pregnant. I also chart my cycle with an app on my phone called Period Tracker, its wonderful! Get it.... totally worth it ladies! So in charting, I know my fertile days as well as when I am ovulating. We are careful to not have fertilizing sex around my fertile cycle. It really takes an attentive diligent male working with a savvy and wise female, and NO BABIES! :)
I LOVE Natural women's health! I have been doing research and work to find the herbs and plants that naturally aid our cycles since 2006. I healed my own body and brought her back into harmony after being put on the pill to "regulate my cycles" as a younger maiden. Using herbs like Maca and Neem, pulling away from American Food culture and returning to my roots has just been tremendous for me. I blew up to 300 lbs while on the pill. Prior to the pill I had never weighed more than 180 standing at 5 feet 10 inches. Through purging my Womb and Yoni of the Americanized approach to Womanhood I was able to drop 100 lbs, My hair and skin have never looked better and I hear my Womb and Yoni speaking to me clearly now. Guiding me which foods at which time of the month to aid my cycles. I have been able to track my Menstrual, Fertile, Emotional and Spiritual cycles using the Period Tracker app and my own keen eye for detail.
How to use neem:
For women, the oil is most effective application. I have been using my finger tips to place the neem oil into my Yoni up near my cervix. A lot of women complain about the scent of the Neem Oil. I must admit it is a VERY pungent aroma, and its not floral or full of artificial fragrance like most products we are accustomed to using, are. There are Neem based creams that have other fragrances added to aid in the masking of the natural scent of Neem.
For men: the capsules are the most effective application. With nearly no side effects, outside of accelerated hair growth, Neem capsules taken 3x daily are most effective in circumventing male fertility. It takes about 6-8 weeks to become effective. And in our case, we still are diligent to NOT allow sperm into my yoni or womb during my fertile cycles. This is key and this is something that the men are absolutely 100% capable of controlling. When you feel yourself close to climax, you need to withdraw from the yoni and thus keep the womb safe from pregnancy. Women will not get pregnant if men do not deposit sperm into the yoni and womb. :) It seems pretty simplified, but its just that dang simple!
Wishing you well on your menstrual journey! Please do write me with questions, comments. Post your journey on the blog or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Occupy Menstruation- Diaphragm's
Diaphragms are one of the least popular forms of contraception used by women, according to CDC data, but a new type of diaphragm aims to increase its appeal.
Diaphragms are a barrier method of contraception that block sperm from entering the cervix. They are typically used with added spermicide for extra protection against pregnancy.
Compared to hormonal contraception, the diaphragm has a higher failure rate – 6 percent of women who use it every time they have sex, with added spermicide, may experience an unintended pregnancy within one year, compared to less than 1 percent of women using the patch, pill or IUD correctly; the failure rate increases to 12 percent with incorrect or intermittent use, while the pill failure rate increases to 9 percent.
Some women prefer using a diaphragm because their bodies don’t tolerate hormonal contraception, or because they want a birth control option that can be used only when needed. Diaphragms can also be used as a back-up to condoms; they do not prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) on their own.
One drawback to diaphragms is the need to be “sized” by a healthcare provider for the right fit, and sometimes resizing is needed after giving birth or gaining or losing weight. Some diaphragms are made of latex, posing a problem for those with latex allergies or sensitivities.
A new diaphragm recently approved for use in Europe addresses these problems. The SILCS Diaphragm is designed to be one-size-fits-most, and it does not require resizing. It’s also made of silicone, which is expected to be more durable than latex and is less likely to cause skin reactions.
The SILCS diaphragm is the product of a collaboration between between PATH (a Seattle-based global health nonprofit), CONRAD (a reproductive health product development organization operated through Eastern Virginia Medical School), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other partners.
PATH describes a user-centered design process for the new device, pictured above:
Over ten years, PATH and its partners led a user-centered design process involving input from women, their partners, and health care providers from five countries. This feedback ensured that comfort, ease of handling, and acceptability were built into the device from the beginning.
The diaphragm will initially be available in six European countries, marketed as the Caya contoured diaphragm. It is expected that the SILCS group will seek approval for marketing in the United States, as well as in low-resource settings around the globe. The ability to provide a diaphragm without sizing by a healthcare provider is expected to make this form of contraception more readily accessible to women worldwide.
☾ Katharine Krueger ~ Occupy Menstruation
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