Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Non-Hormonal Birth Control

Lindsey Metrus


Aside from preventing pregnancy for women not ready to start a family, hormonal birth control pills have their upsides: acne prevention, ovarian and breast cyst prevention, protection against iron deficiency, and reduction in PMS symptoms (bye, crippling cramps), to name a few. But with these advantages also come unwanted side effects such as irregular bleeding, minor nausea or breast pain, bloating, headaches, and decreased libido. Sigh, it's tough being a woman.

Ingesting hormones isn't your only option, though: There are plenty of non-hormonal birth control methods that circumvent painful and potentially threatening side effects while still helping to prevent pregnancy (and in some cases, STDs). Keep scrolling to learn more.

Non-hormonal birth control isn't just for those who fear side effects: it also serves as a "back-up" for regular methods to even better protect against disease and/or pregnancy (like using a condom in conjunction with your regular birth control pill). Women who take birth control as a means to decrease PMS symptoms or treat acne (AKA not as a contraceptive) may also choose to take non-hormonal birth control so as not to affect the body's natural hormones and menstrual cycle. And for women who are using birth control to prevent pregnancy, they may choose non-hormonal birth control because of medical contraindications.

So which form is right for you? We encourage you to always speak with a doctor to inform your decision, but below are the different non-hormonal birth control methods to study up on before your next visit.

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