Barrier Methods of Birth Control

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As a Lady-Comp user, if you are currently not trying to conceive, you may be looking for a form of birth control to use on your fertile days.  If so, one option that may interest you are barrier methods, which are various forms of birth control that block sperm from entering your uterus.  The types of barrier methods include the male condom, female condom, diaphragm, sponge, and cervical cap.  Any of these methods can be strengthened by also using a spermicide, which will kill most of the sperm as it enters your vagina, leaving fewer sperm for the barrier method to block.

The following are some advantages of using barrier methods.

  • No pre-planning is required. They can be put in place at the time of sexual intercourse.
  • They are temporary methods which have no long term effects on the fertility of either partner.
  • They are safe to use while you are breastfeeding.
  • Unlike hormonal birth control, they cannot aggravate medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • They are available without a prescription.

The following are some disadvantages of using barrier methods.

  • Aside from the male condom, other forms of barrier methods have little to no effectiveness in preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
  • The combination of diaphragms and spermicides has been linked to causing urinary tract infections.
  • Some people suffer from allergies to nonoxynol-9, which is the primary ingredient in most spermicides.
  • Condoms may tear or fall off due to improper size or placement.
  • Some people suffer from a latex allergy, in which case they must use condoms made of polyurethane, which is slightly less effective.
  • Some people may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed interrupting foreplay to implement the use of a barrier method.

Ultimately, the method you decide to use is a very personal decision.  If you are trying to decide which is right for you, talk with your physician and your partner.




Why are there so Many Red Days?

red light trafficIf you are a Lady-Comp user, you are already familiar with its notation system.  After you take your temperature each morning, the unit will flash a green light if you are infertile, and a red light if you are fertile.  Yellow lights, which should always be treated as red, may be seen during transition days or if your temperature is fluctuating abnormally.  Because every woman’s cycle may vary by a few days and ovulation may also vary, the typical user can expect 8 to 10 red light days over the course of her cycle.  You will find these occur in the days leading up to ovulation and for 48 to 72 hours after ovulation has taken place.

If you have noticed an increase in red light days, it is because ovulation was not detected for you.  There are four reasons why this might occur.

1)      You missed a temperature reading.  If you miss a daily temperature reading, especially close to your ovulation time, Lady-Comp will have difficulty confirming your fertile days.  If you are unsure if you have taken your temperature daily, Lady-Comp has a feature which will allow you to check this.

2)      You did not ovulate.  As a healthy woman, you can experience the occasional month in which you do not ovulate.  If Lady-Comp is unable to isolate your fertile days, it will issue you red and yellow lights as a precaution.

3)      Your ovulation is delayed.  Many factors, including stress, travel, or change in exercise routine, can cause a delay in ovulation.  Lady-Comp will continue to give you red and/or yellow lights until ovulation has been confirmed.

You have atypical temperature patterns.  Most women experience an increase in their basal body temperature when they are ovulating. However, not all do.  If this is the case with you, be assured you can still use Lady-Comp effectively.  You will just want to be sure that you secure your basal body temperature during the same hour each day, and do not miss any of your daily readings.

Birth Control Expenses

Cost-Cutting-Pig-300x1972014 has ushered in a new era of health care for women with President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which requires health plans to provide contraceptives and related services to women without a copay.  Unfortunately, this does not apply to all women, as exceptions have been made to certain grandfathered health plans, as well as group health insurance coverage sponsored by certain religious employers.  Considering the fact that 36% percent of sexually active Catholic women in America use birth control, we know that there are a vast number of U.S. women who are paying completely out of pocket to do so.  Unfortunately, the expense is overwhelming.  The chart below shows what an uninsured woman can expect to pay for birth control over her lifetime, assuming she starts usage at age 18 and discontinues usage at age 51.

Method What’s Included Lifetime Cost
IUD Doctor’s visit, device, insertion, and follow up care, every 7.5 years $8,178
Implanon Doctor’s visit, device, insertion, and removal, every 3 years $19,601
Injections Doctor’s visit, follow-up care, and four injections, every year $32, 496
Birth Control Patch Doctor’s visit and an annual supply of patches, every year $66,644
Vaginal Ring Doctor’s visit and an annual supply of rings, every year $66,644
Surgical Sterilization Doctor’s visits, surgery, and follow up care; one time cost $6,000

If you are one of the many women who do not have their birth control covered under the Affordable Care Act, you will be pleased to know a birth control method exists that is both less expensive and more natural than those mentioned above.  Lady-Comp is an intelligent fertility monitor that learns, analyzes, and indicates your fertile days with 99.3% accuracy based on your daily body temperature and data you provide.  At just $485, it is an investment that will save you thousands of dollars over time.



Why Am I Not Pregnant Yet?

If you are trying to conceive, your best chances of doing so occur in what is known as your “fertile window.”  This is the 24-36 hour period of time after your ovaries release an egg in which the egg can be fertilized by a sperm.  With technology such as Lady-Comp making determining your fertile window relatively simple, you may be frustrated if you are having sex on all the right days but still not conceiving.  If this is the case, please be assured that only about 50% of healthy couples conceive within their first four to five months of trying.  After a full year, that number goes up to 85%.   However, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances along the way:

1)      Make sure to have sex once per day starting five days before you anticipate ovulation until two days after you ovulate.  Sperm can stay alive inside a woman’s body for up to five days, so sex at this frequency will provide your best chances of conception.

2)      After sex, remain laying down for at least 20 minutes to give the sperm time to swim towards your egg.

3)      Avoid using lubricants, scented tampons, douches, and glycerin soap while trying to conceive, as all of these items can kill sperm.

4)      If you are a smoker, quit now.  Smoking 10 cigarettes a day can lower your chances of conceiving by 50%!

5)      Start cutting back on your caffeine consumption.  Caffeine restricts your blood vessels and increases your heart rate, which mimics the body under stress.  It is optimal for conception if you are in a calm and relaxed state.

If you have been adhering to these recommendations and are still frustrated with the length of time it is taking you to become pregnant, most definitely visit your doctor to discuss your concerns, as it is possible there could be a medical reason for the delay.

The Impact of an Irregular Menstrual Cycle for Women Trying to Conceive

A normal menstrual cycle can vary.  For the average woman, it is 28 days in length.  Medically speaking, a variance of 7 days or less each month is considered to be normal.  A variance of 8 to 20 days is moderately irregular, and 21 days or more is very irregular.

If you are trying to conceive a baby, any variance in cycle can be frustrating, as it makes it much more difficult to predict when you will be ovulating.  In a given month, the average couple trying to conceive has a 15-25% chance of becoming pregnant.  However, if you have an irregular cycle, your chances are decreased.  Strictly mathematically speaking, if you tend to have longer cycles, you have fewer opportunities over time to conceive than someone with a perfect 28 day cycle.

If you have an irregular cycle and are trying to conceive, there are two methods that can assist you in predicting when you will ovulate.  One is tracking your basal body temperature on a daily basis over a period of months.  A woman’s body temperature rises after ovulation, so charting yours can help you predict when you will ovulate next.  The other is by charting your cervical mucus.  You will find the amount and consistency of your mucus changes throughout the month.  When you are nearing ovulation, it will become clear and slippery, similar to raw egg white, and you will have more of it.

Of course, you may be reticent to try either of these methods on your own. After all, if you are not a medical professional yourself, how can you really know for sure?  Luckily, you can remove the guesswork with Lady-Comp, an easy-to use fertility computer that can predict when you will ovulate with 99.3% accuracy, based on the information you provide it and its daily reading of your basal body temperature.  If you would like to learn more about how Lady-Comp can help you conceive, please call us at 1-877-925-LADY.

Over 40? You Still Need Birth Control!

There is a pervasive myth among women in our culture that if you are over age 40, you no longer need to worry about birth control.  Television personality and physician Dr. Mehmet Oz believes that women over 40 assume they are too old to get pregnant, and therefore become lax in taking precautions.  As a result, women in this age group parallel adolescents in the amount of unplanned pregnancies and abortions each year.

Another reason women over 40 may be avoiding birth control is lack of knowledge of new research expanding their contraceptive options.  Up until recently, women over 40 were cautioned against using any hormonal forms of birth control due to increased risk of blood clots.  This left condoms and tubal ligation as the primary remaining choices, so women not interested in either chose to risk playing the odds.

Recently, studies have shown that due to a dramatic decrease in the amount of estrogen present in birth control pills on the market today, the pill is now a safe alternative for older women who are lean and healthy.  Unfortunately, they remain verboten for women who are obese, smoke, have migraines, or have high blood pressure, among other conditions.

Doctors say that if a woman does not wish to get pregnant, she should use contraception until at least one full year has passed since her last spontaneous menstrual cycle.  If you are over 40 and cannot or do not want to use hormonal birth control, condoms, or surgical sterilization methods,  Lady-Comp provides you with a highly effective and all natural alternative.  Lady-Comp is a personal fertility monitor which learns and adjusts to your individual cycle regardless of irregularities or cycle length.  It is programmed with a database of more than 900,000 cycles and uses bio-mathematical forecasting calculations and computer techniques to predict your fertile days, primarily based on your morning body temperature.   Research shows that Lady-Comp is 99.3% effective, higher than both the pill and condoms.  To learn more about Lady-Comp, please feel free to call us at 1-877-925-LADY.  We are looking forward to speaking with you.

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