If women are to take back control of family planning and stop enduring life-altering side effects of birth control, we need to think outside the pharmaceutical box. We need to question medical assumptions that tell us birth control is worth the effects and risks for pregnancy prevention when there are other, safer options available.

Nonhormonal options such as the diaphragm, condom, sponge, and cervical cap are non-invasive forms of family planning. And Fertility Awareness-Based Methods of family planning can be as effective or more effective than the Pill in preventing pregnancy.