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What Are Some Alternative Birth Methods
Wide Variety: There are options for both labor and delivery. Keeping safety of mother and baby in mind and dependent on pain management, labor has many positions and levels of activity. Walking, sitting, resting are all options as are water baths. Delivery as well can vary from recumbent to hands and knees, squatting, or water births, all depending on pt., caregiver and location. Early discussion is rec. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Melatonin, magnesium: My favorite supplements are melatonin (the "sleep" hormone produced by the brain's pineal gland--though less and less as we age), gaba (an "inhibitory" neurotransmitter that has a calming effect on the central nervous system), and magnesium (a "mineral" that the body craves--helpful for insomnia, generalized anxiety, musculoskeletal tension, rapid heart been, leg cramps, constipation, etc.). ...Read more
Many options: Permanent options include vasectomy, tubal ligation or essure in office tubal. Long acting methods are implanon, iud's or Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone). Thier are also vaginal rings or the patch which are very similar to a pill. Finally barrier methods or abstinence. ...Read more
Bad idea. : Please do yourself a favor and find a reputable clinic or doctor to provide your termination care. See http://www.Prochoice.Org or http://www.Plannedparenthood.Org or if you are outside the usa, http://www.Womenonweb.Org. ...Read more
Birth control safety: All have a degree of risk, but the ones considered most safe and effective are usually long term types with progesterone, like IUDs and Nexplanon. IUDs come with 3, 5, and 10 years of prevention and are 99.9% effective. The 10 year IUD has no hormone. The Nexplanon device has progesterone and lasts 3 years. Least effective--barrier (condoms), pills. Talk to your doctor about what is best for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood clot: Any birth control method that has estrogen in it has rare, but serious, side effects like blood clot, stroke and heart attack. Keep in mind however that getting pregnant has a risk of blood clot that is 6 to 10 times greater than birth control. Also to keep things in prespective...Driving your car is probably the riskiest thing you do on a daily basis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Accupuncture: Different cultures, especially eastern cultures, have utilized alternative, or natural pain relief methods for not only childbirth, but also surgical procedures. These methods have included accupuncture and hypnosis, both of which have been adopted in some hospital settings in the United States. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Other than birth control, are there any natural herbal alternatives to getting hormones (drospirenone)?
No: Hormones such as drospirenone and related hormones are not present in natural herbal products. There are, however, a number of prescription options available, depending on your specific needs. Birth control pills are not the only prescription options for getting needed hormonal medication. ...Read more
Acne in Pregnancy: Erythromycin (erygel) is often the drug of choice for pregnancy acne. Azelaic acid (azelex, finacea) may be another option. Both medications are typically applied to the skin as a lotion or gel and are available by prescription. Both are category b meaning they are safe in the 2-3 trimester. ...Read more
Condoms: Be they male or female are the only reliable options in the United States. ...Read more
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