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. This section is for those who don't want to
have a(nother) child. If you do, go to page 57.
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
Step 3. Nourish and tonify . . .
~ Ejaculation control and withdrawl won't prevent conception for a
woman in the fullness of her fertility, but it will for most menopausal
women. And, it's a womderful way to nourish intimacy in a realtionship.
~ 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 (page 64). 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"
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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