17 Jun 2015

Why I'm Backing Ricki Lake's Kickstarter

I recently started using Kindara - a fertility awareness app. It can be used to become pregnant or as an alternative to hormonal contraception.

I used the hormonal implant for two years and ended up having a really horrid time with it - severe mood swings, irregular periods, weight gain, acne. After that experience I swore I'd never use any hormonal contraception ever again. The idea of tampering with my hormones just felt very wrong to me.

I wouldn't ever feel comfortable relying on condoms alone, so I was very happy to discover the Kindara app. The app teaches you how to tell if you are fertile or not fertile. When used correctly, Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) is 99.6% effective - that's pretty much the same as any other method. Coupled with condoms, it felt like a great option for me. I'm still learning how to use it properly and still learning about ways to measure your fertility - I need to invest in a thermometer! To me, this feels like true liberation - being in tune with your body and listening to what it tells you.

I'm know that for some people hormonal contraception is a good thing, but what bothers me is how uninformed some of these decisions can be. Whatever works for us, we really ought to know what our full range of options are.

Anyway, onto the kickstarter! Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein are campaigning for funds to make a documentary called Sweetening The Pill. This documentary will delve deep into the pharmaceutical world of contraception and tell us what's really going on.

I'm backing this kickstarter because knowledge is power, and with the knowledge of my own fertility I have power over my own body. With the implant, I felt powerless.

You can watch the video here.

Would you consider using FAM as a method of contraception?

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