with herbalist Susun Weed
Should I be thinking differently about birth control now that I am experiencing menopause? I know you are an expert on “the change” and thought I would ask.
Here is the Wise Woman Way approach to birth control during menopause:
Step 1. Collect information . . .
Birth control, never simple or easy, is complicated incredibly by the erratic ovulations and unpatterned menses of the premenopausal and menopausal years. Remember your high school chums who unexpectedly had a little baby brother or sister? The biological imperative to reproduce doesn’t die without a struggle. The below is for those who don’t want to have a(nother) child.
Step 2. Engage the energy . . .
- Barrier methods (diaphragms, cervical caps, and condoms) are good choices for menopausal women. But the spermicides used with them may provoke vaginal yeast infections, bladder infections, and dryness.
- Try an erotic massage instead of intercourse. Use a special lubricant, like coconut oil. Light candles; buy a bouquet of flowers. Take your time.
Step 3. Nourish and tonify . . .
- Ejaculation control and withdrawal won’t prevent conception for a woman in the fullness of her fertility, but it will for most menopausal women. And, it’s a wonderful way to nourish intimacy in a relationship.
- Self-pleasuring is safe sex for menopausal women. Guaranteed to not result in pregnancy and promotes health, too! Let Betty Dodson help you with her self-loving books and tapes. Your mid-life mate may appreciate learning that sexual pleasure is more than penetration. Lesbianism and celibacy also work very well.
Step 4. Stimulate/Sedate . . .
• Get him (and his testicles) in hot water. Sperm are easily killed at temperatures over 110F. if he sits in hot water for 15-25 minutes a day for six weeks, he will shoot blanks for at least three months. A vasectomy is even safer, and lasts longer.
• Women find a teaspoon of wild carrot seeds (Daucus carota or Queen Anne’s Lace) eaten in food daily is an incredibly effective way to prevent pregnancy.
Step 5b. Use drugs . . .
• Doctors who used to tell menopausal women to stop taking birth control pills, now urge them to start, then switch to “replacement” therapy.
Step 6. Break and enter . . .
- Remove your IUD if it causes heavy menstrual periods or flooding, common menopausal problems which can be serious threats to your health.
- Sterilization and hysterectomy are extreme forms of birth control for menopausal women who will soon need no birth control of any kind.
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