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omen's Hands
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KILL OR
IMMOBILIZE THE
SPERM

ARE THEY REALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE?
The device and drug manufacturers lie with statistics to encourage women to use the pill, the Intrauterine Device.  Learn how they do it...
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KNOW WHEN WE'RE NOT FERTILE AND NOT WORRY ABOUT SPERM IN OUR VAGINA
IS THERE AN INTERNATIONAL CONSPIRACY TO CONTROL OUR FERTILITY?
YES!
WHAT ARE THE REAL DANGERS OF BIRTH CONTROL?
Knowing when we are pregnant
KNOWING WHEN WE'RE PREGNANT
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PUT A BARRIER
BETWEEN THE SPERM
AND THE EGG

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MANAGING OUR OWN FERTILITY
NO NEED TO GO TO A HEALTH PROVIDER FOR SAFE, EFFECTIVE METHODS
Early signs of pregnancy
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Early Signs of Pregnancy
What are the dangers of birth control?
With the help of a friend or lover, a woman can have a uterine size check at home.  No special equipment or protection is needed, not even plastic gloves, although the friend who's examining her might feel more comfortable wearing them. Someone who has previously done this procedure with different women is preferable for detecting uterine changes during pregnancy, because they have learned how to feel the size and shape and texture of the uterus by gently bouncing the uterus between their two hands, and they have learned to detect the variations between different uteri.  For example, the uterus is about the size of a large, unshelled walnut or a plum if the woman is not pregnant.  The uterus of a woman who is about seven weeks pregnant is about the size of a lemon; nine weeks, the size of an orange; and 12 weeks about the size of a grapefruit.  Comparing uterine sizes to fruit sizes is helpful to describe uterine size in common, non-technical terms.
Besides being in the control of the physician, drugs and devices are not as safe as the methods of birth control that we can obtain over-the-counter.  Here again, the drug and device manufacturers lie with statistics by comparing the risk of complications, including death, from drugs and devices, to the risk of complications and deaths in giving birth.  Birth is dangerous, so almost any method of birth control is far safer than birth.  But, they do not directly compare the safety of drugs and devices to the alternative methods.
To encourage women to use the pill, the Intrauterine Device or other combinations of drugs and devices, the device and drug manufacturers lie with statistics by quoting the theoretical effectiveness rate to doctors and nurse-practitioners.  This rate represents the likelihood of becoming pregnant when using the method properly.  They then cite the use effectiveness of the woman-controlled methods, such as barrier methods, spermacides or natural family planning in actual use.  When the methods are compared using the same measure of effectiveness, they are very close.
The foundations set up by wealthy eugenicists, usually white, people like to fund agencies and health providers who dispense drugs and devices to young and poor women because they prefer birth control methods that are under a medical provider's control.
Spermicides come in many different forms: foam, jelly, cream, film, and suppositories. Most use the chemical nonoxynol-9 against sperm. Spermicides provide lubrication and can be used with other methods of birth control. They are most effective when used consistently and correctly with a barrier method of birth control, like a condom.
Spermicides are 71-82% effective as birth control... To read more click on the above image.
If we learn how our cervix looks as it goes through its monthly cyclical changes, we can see the changes in its appearance that may indicate pregnancy.  These changes take place within a week or two of conception.  Generally, we ovulate at the mid-point of our menstrual cycle, and if sperm and egg met up, we can see by the time of our regular period is expected whether the cervix is more closed, orif the os is open and there is a marked reddening around it.  We can be the first to know.  A woman shared the above photo of her pregnant cervix when she was 4 weeks past the beginning of her last menstrual period.
Over-the-counter pregnancy tests are a boon to women.  They're inexpensive and start to be predictive a few days before you miss your period and they are between 95% and 99% accurate by the time you've missed your period.
Male condoms are the only currently available effective and reversible birth control method for men. Male condoms are 85-98% effective. Click on image of male condom to read more.
A female condom provides a barrier between partners to prevent sharing bodily fluids like semen, blood, or saliva. This helps ensure that sexually transmitted infections are not passed and pregnancy does not occur. Female condoms are 79-95% percent effective... click on image of female condom above to read more.
Getting better acquainted with our genitals enables us to use D.I.Y. methods, such as the condom or spermacide to prevent the egg and sperm from getting together, and to understand methods to predict our fertility, thus freeing us from taking the pill every day at the same time or having a foreign object in our uterus or taking powerful drugs in order to either improve or reduce the chance of becoming pregnant.