5 Crazy Birth Control Methods We’re Too Scared to Try

Adriana Velez | Feb 26, 2014 Healthy Living

lemonSo how are those birth control pills working out for you? Feeling a little moody and bloated? Sick of Depo-Provera shots? Diaphragm killing your spontaneity? Can't take the six months of non-stop bleeding from your IUD? Not a fan of the taste of condoms? Failed by the pull-out method? Not feeling the rhythm of the rhythm method? (I could do this all day!) No matter where you go for your birth control, one thing is clear: It's hard to find the perfect solution.

So can you blame us for getting a little bit excited every time we hear about a new birth control method? But there are limits to the things I'll try. Here's some outside-the-condom-box ideas that get big points for creativity ... but I think I'll let someone else try them first and tell me how they work.

Would you try any of these?

  • Birth Control App

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    The couple who invented the iPhone app Kindara say you can use the fertility-tracking tool to avoid pregnancy. Really, this method is just a high-tech version of Fertility Awareness. I guess it would work, if you were up for the hassle. I am not, so I will not be downloading this app.

  • Coca-Cola Spermicide

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    Yes, really. According to folklore, Coke kills sperm. Scientists have actually tested the method, though, and I'm afraid the research does not back up this approach enough. Not to mention, how would you even use it? Coca-Cola-douche? Never mind, I don't want to know.

  • Herbal Birth Control

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    Right. Drinking herb tea is going to prevent pregnancy? Doesn't sound prudent.

  • Lemon Diaphragm

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    In ye olden days, women would put lemon juice in their vaginas as spermicide, and then shove part of the rind up to the cervix. When life hands you sperm, make lemonade! Sounds difficult, difficult, lemon difficult to me.

  • Continuous Breastfeeding

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    Okay, first of all, this is not fail-proof. Ask all the women who have gotten knocked up while breastfeeding. Secondly, it's supposedly effective for only six months, if you're lucky. Thirdly, breastfeeding is a way to feed your baby. It's not birth control.

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