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Hormone-free contraception: the methods at a glance

Headaches, loss of libido, depressive moods: The list of side effects of hormonal contraceptives such as the pill or the hormonal IUD is long. Hormone-free contraception is therefore becoming increasingly important. The special thing about it: contraception is free of side effects. With the trackle contraceptive computer you can use hormone-free contraception: simply, digitally and safely. We will accompany you on your way, so here you will find out everything that is important for you when you decide to use hormone-free contraception.

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How can I use contraception without hormones?

Contraception with hormonal contraceptives such as hormone implants, birth control pills or contraceptive patches mess up your hormone balance. They make you forget to listen to your body and to interpret your body signs correctly. It's so important to understand your body and know what's going on – especially when it comes to something as important as your contraception.

If you want to start using hormone-free contraception, you will be faced with some questions: What hormone-free contraceptives are there? What do you have to consider? How safe is hormone-free contraception? We would like to answer these questions and give you the security you need.

Alternative to the Pill: Hormone-free contraception with Natural Family Planning

Hormone-free contraception is also often called natural contraception because it is free of side effects. If you are looking for an alternative to the pill, you will quickly find your way to natural family planning. In the following sections, we will give you an overview of hormone-free contraception methods, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

The symptothermal method

With the trackle contraceptive computer you can use the symptothermal method. This is considered the safest method in natural family planning. With so-called perfect use – that means no vaginal intercourse during the fertile time – it has a Pearl Index of 0.4. With protected intercourse the Pearl Index is 0.6. With the symptothermal method you can determine your fertile time window very precisely, because you are only fertile around ovulation. The symptothermal method evaluates two fertility indicators: Your core body temperature and your cervical mucus. The evaluation is therefore a double check. This is what makes the method so safe. Find out more about how you can use trackle contraception.

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The temperature method

The temperature method – as the name suggests – only evaluates your temperature and does not include any other fertility indicator such as cervical mucus or cervical level. This makes it much less reliable than the symptothermal method, which includes another fertility indicator such as your cervical mucus in addition to your core body temperature.

The Billings method - also called the cervical mucus method

Shortly before ovulation, the consistency of the cervical mucus changes. The Billings method makes use of this. With this method of hormone-free contraception, you observe your cervical mucus every day and record it in a table to determine any changes. However, as with the temperature method, only one fertility indicator is included in the evaluation, which makes it much less reliable than the symptothermal method.

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The calendar method and coitus interruptus: Caution, unsafe!

Right up front: these two methods are NOT recommended! They are considered unsafe and are therefore not suitable for contraceptive purposes. The calendar method can be used to determine the approximate time of ovulation, but it is based primarily on 28-day cycles. However, each cycle is individual and even regular cycles, which you could use to set a clock, sometimes lengthen or shorten. Especially when it comes to contraception, you should not rely on the calculation of an approximate time window, it can go very wrong! 

With coitus interruptus, the responsibility lies with the man: he pulls his penis out of the vagina before ejaculation so that no sperm can get into the vagina. Even if this should actually work in time, despite the motorway of feelings of happiness, there is still the drop of pleasure, also called pre-ejaculate. It comes out before the actual ejaculation and can preserve sperm. The man usually doesn't notice the ejaculation at all. So here too: Clear recommendation NOT to use coitus interruptus for contraception!

Hormone-free contraception: What to bear in mind

Do you want to use hormone-free contraception? Then there are a few things you need to be aware of that might be new to you. But don't worry: hormone-free contraception is exciting and interesting, because you're not only using contraception without side effects, but you're also getting to know and understand yourself and your body in a whole new way. We give you an overview of what you need to watch out for.

Fertile and infertile days in the cycle

Natural family planning is all about ovulation, because around ovulation you have your fertile window. This is the basis of natural contraception: if you know when you are fertile – i.e. you know when you could become pregnant – you also know when you need to use an additional contraceptive, such as a condom or diaphragm, to avoid getting pregnant.

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Stop taking the pill

Before you start hormone-free contraception, you must stop using hormonal contraceptives such as the pill or the hormonal IUD. A natural cycle without hormonal influence is the basis of natural and hormone-free contraception.

trackle makes hormone-free contraception easy

Hormone-free contraception works differently than taking a hormone pill every day. If you want to use natural family planning, you will need to acquire some knowledge, especially in the beginning, to understand how it all works. But don't worry: it's not that complicated! Above all, it is very interesting, because you get to know and understand yourself and your body. trackle uses the safest method of Natural Family Planning and helps you to use a scientifically well researched method simply and digitally and to make hormone-free contraception as easy as possible for you.

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Advantages of hormone-free contraception

If you decide to use hormone-free contraception, there are a lot of advantages waiting for you. We've summarised what you can definitely look forward to when it's time to say goodbye to hormones!

No more side effects from the pill!

Goodbye Headache – hello libido! Hormone-free contraception has no side effects and is natural. Especially if you have suffered from bad side effects of the pill, this is a huge plus point for hormone-free contraception.

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You get to know your body

We can't say it often enough: if you know, you are free and can decide for yourself. With natural contraception, you start to understand your cycle and listen to yourself. Something like your period will no longer surprise you.

The perfect basis for pregnancy - someday!

You can't imagine pregnancy at the moment, but maybe someday? Hormone-free contraception with trackle is exactly the right way to go. With the symptothermal method, you can precisely determine your fertile time window: This is important if you want to use contraception and just as important if you want to get pregnant. In one case you use additional contraception during your fertile days, for example a condom, or you don't have sex – in the other case you really get going on your fertile days! You don't have to know yet when and if you want to have children. But one thing is certain: knowing and understanding your own body and cycle is the perfect basis for all of life's important decisions.

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