There are many methods available as a contraception. When a woman prefers not to go the route of hormonal pills, then there are other devices to use. Two such methods are the cervical cap, made of a small rubber dome and the diaphragm, which is the largest one and should be filled with spermicide and placed over the cervix each time intercourse takes place. Whichever one of the barrier methods you choose, a condom should also be used. A condom is not recommended to be used on its own, but to be combined with one of the other methods. For a more natural method the ovulation calendar tracking can be considered.

There are two types of pills which a woman can choose, but of course she must remember to take the pills. One of them has combined both estrogen and progesterone. For those who prefer not to take an estrogen, then a mini-pill with only progesterone can be taken. It will make the period very light, short and basically pain-free, will also reduce the risks of cancer by 50%. Ideally if you become adept at using the ovulation calendar you may not need another method of OTC Contraception methods.

For those who can’t seem to remember to take a pill or want the bother of placing a device each time intercourse takes place, then there is an implant, which is a 4cmm. tube implanted into the arm very discreetly not seen, but felt. This method will last for three years and can be taken out at any time, and then your period of possible fertility, will return to normal within a month.

The IUS, intrauterine system can be placed inside a woman, and will last up to 5 years,  without having to be changed. This method will make the period short and very light and sometimes stop them altogether. It is easy to fit and simply inserted in your doctor’s office. You can not feel this when implanted and women of all ages can use this method. A month after being removed, your fertility process will return to normal.

The copper ID is also fitted, doesn’t need any spermicide, as the copper is a natural spermicide. With this method, the period can be heavier and last longer. There is also an injection which is given every three months, but when they are stopped, it takes eighteen months for fertility to be possible. Many of these methods are being found too invasive for some women and they are opting to use the ovulation calendar as a safe alternative.

The more natural method is to be aware of a woman’s ovulation period, so as to predict the time of fertility. Mark the first day of your period, then the next month, write down the specific day again. Count the number of days in between and this is your cycle.

Between eleven days to twenty-one days, chances of fertility will be very high. Keep an ovulation calendar and chart your monthly periods. You may obtain a kit which will help to keep track of your ovulation, and to make it easier for the ovulation calendar to be recorded.