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.

 

Sources:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/the-claim-that-98-percent-of-catholic-women-use-contraception-a-media-foul/2012/02/16/gIQAkPeqIR_blog.html

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/calculator-birth-control-expensive-really-cost

A life changed by Lady Comp…what it feels like to be natural

“I just want to say how much Lady Comp has changed my life.  Approaching my wedding back in 2011 I spent months trying pill after pill, side effect after side effect with no luck.  I felt stuck, stuck with going to have to deal with the side effects.  Like a lot of girls I didn’t know much about natural birth control methods.  I had always been fed the “you have to go on the pill” line.

After trying pill after pill I ended up on the mini pill because I couldn’t take estrogen.  The mini pill wasn’t as bad but over time I continued with side effects and they seemed to get worse every month.  I was on the mini pill for almost 2 years and frankly tired of it.  My body couldn’t handle the hormones anymore.  I had so many side effects including spotting all the time, headaches, exhaustion, complete loss of libido, anxiety, and constant dizziness.  I even got to the point where I would get sick and feel completely weird if I ate too much sugar or salty foods.  I felt like I couldn’t eat anything anymore.  I also started having random reactions that got pretty scary and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong.  At that point I felt like this was going to be my life forever or until I decided to have kids.

So I started searching.  I knew there had to be something else.  I wasn’t about to try anything like the nuva ring or IUD’s.  I wanted a natural option.  That’s when a friend of mine recommended the Lady Comp.  She said one of her cousins used it and loved it.  At first I was pretty skeptical and thought how could that work…  I debated it for months trying to figure out if I wanted to chance it and pay the expense to try it.

After a lot of debate I broke down and decided to get one, and it was great to have the option of making payments to pay it off!   I have to say it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life!  Going off the pill was like getting back to who I was.  I lost myself being on all those hormones and being so depressed from being sick all the time.  It took a few months to get back to a normal cycle and for the Lady Comp to start being able to tell me about my cycle but once it did it worked great!

My cycle isn’t a normal cycle like most girls.  I seem to have longer cycles like 35-40 days and ovulate later than most.  I was afraid the Lady Comp wasn’t going to work for me.  But boy was I wrong!  It has been amazing to know when I ovulate and I can almost pinpoint to the day when I’m going to get my period.  Which was a huge change from being on the mini pill, I never knew when I was going to get my period and sometimes didn’t get it for 3-4 months!

Taking my temperature at the same time every day isn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be.  I keep a chart along with the Lady Comp, which is optional, but for me it’s been a great learning process.  I’ve learned more about my cycle in the last 8 months then I ever knew.  I think so many girls are led to believe that you have to be taking hormones to prevent pregnancy, but it’s just not true.

This method isn’t for everyone understandably but for many like me it’s wonderful!  If you’re trying to find a natural method and learn more about your cycle Lady Comp is the way to go.  Even though the price is a bit high it’s worth every penny.  Lady Comp gave me my life back. I was never myself on the pill and I was so glad to be rid of it.

I’ve now been using the Lady Comp for about 8 months and I absolutely love it!  I also love knowing when I ovulate so one day when my husband and I do decide to have kids it can be a big help and we have the option of switching to the Baby Comp.  The Lady Comp customer service is some of the best out there!  They are so helpful and caring!

Thank you Lady Comp for letting me get back to a healthy natural life!”

~ Brittany

The Story of Valley Electronics LLC

Many of you may have already read about the history of Valley Electronics on our website.  However, what you may not know is that Valley Electronics is a small, family owned and operated company.

Valley Electronics LLC is actually owned by the Natalie Rechberg, daughter of the gentleman who owns VE Valley Electronics Gmbh, the manufacturer of the Lady-Comp family of fertility computers.  While Natalie knew that some day she would come to work for the company, she also knew that she wanted to bring something more than just “being the owner’s daughter.”  With this in mind she set of to earn her degrees in International Communication and Business.  Still not satisfied, she continued on to complete her master’s degree in Marketing.

Natalie and Jessie in Switzerland 2013

Once her schooling was complete, Natalie went to work for the Swiss distributor, Valley Electronics AG.  She started with customer service and shipping and over the course of 6 years worked her way up to becoming the manager of international distribution and then finally, CEO.  During this time, she noticed a growing interest in the Lady-Comp from within the United States, coinciding with women’s growing concern with what they put into their bodies.  It was at this time that she contacted her childhood friend in the United States with an idea.

But first a little history about this friendship… Natalie and Jessie spent 3 weeks of everyNatalie, Jessie on the beach summer with each other since before they can remember.  Some of their fondest memories are playing in the pool, water skiing, and going to the beach together.  Keep in mind, both girls were so young and neither spoke the other’s language.  Such is the language of children and play, words didn’t really matter, they learned how to point to an object and ask the other what it was called in her language and that was all they needed.  As the girls grew up, and thankfully for Jessie, Natalie learned to speak English fluently.  Although they saw each other only briefly each year, and some years not at all, their friendship remained strong and true.

Isabel, Jessie, NatalieIn August of 2000, during the Rechberg’s annual visit to their summer home, Jessie took them to the barn where she was working.  After watching her working with the horses, Dr. Rechberg, Natalie’s father, asked if she would be interested in coming to their home in Germany to train their horses.  A year later Jessie graduated with her Bachelors degree in Biology and training certification and returned to Germany with the Rechberg’s to live in their home while training horses for the next four months.  During this time, her boyfriend came for a visit and proposed to her at the top of a mountain overlooking the family home.  Although the family invited her to stay, two months later, Jessie returned to the US to plan her wedding and begin the next stage of her life.  And, yes, her wedding was scheduled to coincide with the Rechberg’s annual visit!  (Jessie’s second child is even named after her childhood friend)

In August 2010, during her visit to her family’s summer home, Natalie met up with Jessie to catch up on their lives.  Jessie explained that she was applying to return to Veterinary school, but was concerned with how to attend school with a young child at home and having to move because there were no schools close by.  Natalie explained the growth of interest in the Lady-Comp and how she was thinking of moving to the United States to open a local office and expand into the US market.  By then end of the day they each bid the other good luck with her endeavors and parted ways for what they thought would be the next year.  However, the more Natalie thought about the US market, the more she thought a local office was needed.  In September, Natalie called Jessie with her idea…starting the US office together.  In October 2010, Valley Electronics LLC was born with Natalie as the owner and Jessie the office manager.

Over the next three years, the LLC experienced rapid growth and acceptance, earning a reputation for quick service and excellent customer support.  Natalie and Jessie speak often about the growth and future of the company.  It has been decided that while the growth in sales will require internal growth as well, it is extremely important that the company maintain that “family feel.”  For example, your phone calls will never be transferred to a call center that can simply answer questions based off a pre-written script.  Instead, each call will be met with personal support, and quite likely answered by the same person you spoke with 2 weeks ago.  With just a second or two to refresh their memory, they will be able to remember their previous conversation with you and offer you the personal support and solutions that very few other companies can offer.

Fertility Awareness Methods of Birth Control

Women who do not wish to take hormonal birth control often turn to fertility awareness methods to determine the days each month in which they are likely to become pregnant.  If this is something that interests you, there are three main methods to choose from.

  • Calendar-Based Methods: These methods involve using a calendar to track your cycle, then calculating your fertile days based on your cycle lengths.  They are based on the 1920’s scientific discovery that ovulation starts approximately 14 days prior to your next period.  The most common calendar method is the Standard Days Method.  With this, you simply avoid having unprotected sex from day 8 to day 19 of each cycle.  The method works well if you have regular cycles that are never shorter than 26 days or longer than 32 days, and has shown to be 95% effective.
  • Symptoms-Based Methods: With these methods, you will determine your fertile window by tracking one or more of the three primarily signs of fertility.  These are:  1) Basal body temperature- Research has shown that ovulation triggers a raise in basal body temperature between .5 and 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit that lasts until the beginning of menstruation.   2) Cervical Mucus- When you ovulate, the estrogen in your body is reduced and the progesterone climbs.  This causes a distinct change in cervical mucus in which it becomes slippery and similar to raw egg white in consistency.  3) Cervical position- Throughout the month, as you become more fertile, your cervix will move higher in the vaginal canal and feel softer to the touch.  Using these methods in combination has proven to be 98% effective.
  • Lady-Comp: Lady-Comp represents the very latest technology available for natural family planning.  It is a personal fertility monitor that records, analyzes, and stores your menstrual cycle data and daily morning basal body temperatures.  With this information, the monitor can predict your fertile days each month with 99.3% accuracy, a rate higher than nearly all birth control methods available.  To learn more about the Lady-Comp difference, call 1-877-925-LADY.

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.

Facts instead of myths: Family planning in the 21st century

woman thinking Doctors in Europe and the United States are evidently skeptical as far as methods of natural family planning are concerned since only 6 to 10% of them would be willing to recommend such methods. At the same time however, it should be noted that only half of these experts are actually adequately informed as far as the underlying scientific facts are concerned. Isn’t it time that the awareness of this subject matter is raised?

The American, Richard J. Fehring, Director of the Institute for Natural Family Planning at the Marquette University recently reported in an American journal (JOGNN, 33, 34-43) that only 2 to 3% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 use natural family planning methods. Fehring gave two main reasons for this: Firstly, that doctors and/or nurses and midwives failed to inform women about this type of method of family planning and also, they didn’t explain to them how such a method works. This is due in part to the fact that the specialists themselves didn’t know enough about the modern versions of the various methods. On the other hand, the term natural family planning still carries the label of being “unsafe”. This is, however, a prejudice which has originated from myths and is not based on scientific data.

Reduce prejudices, expand knowledge

Fehring wants to permanently change this view and is committed to making professional education on natural family planning available, which (at last) uses modern pedagogical principles, in order to make such methods of family planning easier to understand. In the end, all of the methods of natural family planning are based on a basic knowledge of the processes occurring within the body of a woman of childbearing age every month. In the ovaries, an egg becomes ripe, while at the same time the lining of the womb thickens, so that in the event that fertilization takes place, the lining of the womb is prepared. An egg is released out of its protective covering in the ovary (this generally occurs alternatively from the right and left ovaries). This process is known as ovulation and marks the middle of the female cycle.

Knowing when ovulation occurs

Without sperm, the egg cannot be fertilized and will die after 24 hours at the latest, during its way through the fallopian tubes in the direction of the womb. Ovulation is accompanied by a slight increase in the body temperature, which can easily be measured in the early morning. At the same time there is an increase in the amount of vaginal discharge since the mucus plug which usually seals the entrance of the vagina into the womb moves away, allowing the discharge to partially drain away. If the egg does not become fertilized, the hormonal state within the body changes, so that the lining of the womb breaks down, bleeding occurs and the womb lining is shed, a process known as the monthly period or menstruation. The temperature then returns to its original value, and the cycle begins once again.

Work in harmony with nature, not against it

When the order of events just described is considered, it becomes clear that a woman is not continuously able to become pregnant. Instead this is only possible within one day after ovulation. If you also consider the fact that the sperm cells can only survive for a few days after sexual intercourse, then the fertile period – which starts about five days before ovulation and ends one day after ovulation – can be calculated. It is therefore important that the day of ovulation is identified. Whether the fertile days are being calculated purely mathematically, or the mucus secretion is being observed, or the temperature measured in order to determine the day of ovulation, all of these methods are based on the fact that there are a number of infertile days in the monthly cycle of a woman which a couple can use for contraception. Conversely, this basic knowledge is at the same time a perfect support for all those want to have a child and in this way can find out when the optimum time for conception occurs.
According to Fehring, natural family planning presents a way of working in accordance with nature, rather than against it. The latest surveys show however that, of those women who chose one or another of the family planning methods available, many did not have the necessary knowledge. A lack of the appropriate knowledge can lead to errors and – together with long-standing prejudices – this may result in an incorrect estimation of the reliability of the method.

Interest in natural family planning is apparent

Besides sustained education, intense scientific research on the measurement and calculation methods needs to be carried out so that women can be advised on the basis of reliable data. Specifically, this means that the modern methods of natural family planning should be tested in a standardized way so that, for example, they can be compared on the basis of their Pearl Index*.
Such a comparison has been undertaken in the NFP (Natural Family Planning) project being carried out at the University of Düsseldorf in Germany (see addresses). In a comparative study being carried out by the NFP team, the most reliable methods were found to be those involving some form of temperature measurement. The study was however, a preliminary trial run for further clinical observation studies, with the intention that it would enable more reliable statements to be made in the future. In Europe, the interest in natural methods of family planning in any case appears to be greater than in the United States. Here, it is estimated that between 10 and 15 percent of women of child-bearing age choose such a natural method. In reality, the need may possibly be even greater. It has been shown that approximately 40 percent of women are interested in a natural form of family planning once they have been comprehensively informed and favorably acquainted with the method. Surveys have additionally indicated that those women who use methods of natural family planning do so because they feel that it is safe, due to the fact that it provides them with information about their own body and because of this their sexual desire increases. In future, this information should not be withheld from women during a professional consultation.
*The Pearl-Index is a measure of the reliability of a contraceptive method and indicates the statistical probability that a woman will become pregnant in 100 women years (100 women used the method in question for one year).

Birth Control Side Effects: Are They Permanent?

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birthcontrolTaking any type of hormonal birth control brings an inherent risk of side effects.  While some may fade over time, others are clear indicators that you should investigate other options.  Below are some common side effects of hormonal birth control and information on which could be cause for alarm.

  • Headache, dizziness, and breast tenderness– These side effects should fade over time.  If they remain at the same intensity after three months, consult with your doctor about alternatives.
  • Breakthrough bleeding– This symptom may never go away, even if you diligently take your birth control pill at the same time daily.  While it is not cause for concern, it is most definitely frustrating and inconvenient.
  • Decreased libido– For some women, synthetic estrogen increases their levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). This protein binds to testosterone and makes it less available for the body’s use.  The result is lowered sexual desire, subdued orgasms, and possibly pain during sex.  Even worse, SHBG levels can remain high in the bloodstream for months after going off the pill.
  • Mood swings– The hormones in birth control pills can cause some to become clinically depressed.  In fact, those with a history of depression would be advised to avoid hormonal birth control completely.
  • Your body composition-While the pill will not make you gain weight, a 2009 study conducted at Texas A&M University showed that it can decrease your muscle tissue.  Comparing a group of 73 women on a weight training program, researchers found those on the pill built 60 percent less lean muscle, had lower levels of muscle building hormones, and had higher levels of hormones that break down muscle tissue.

Those seeking an alternative to hormonal birth control should consider Lady-Comp, an easy-to-use system that can predict your fertile days based on your daily morning body temperature and information you input.  To learn more about Lady-Comp, please call 1-877-925-LADY.

Birth Control Options When Breastfeeding

It has been six weeks since your new bundle of joy arrived, and you are more than ready to resume your sex life.  However, if you are breastfeeding, you will find your birth control options are limited.

There are actually only a small handful of hormonal birth control methods that have been approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics for use while breastfeeding.  Even among those, birth control pills containing estrogen have been shown to decrease milk supply, so it’s recommended you avoid them until your baby is at least six months old and is getting most nutrients through solid foods instead.  Progestin-only contraceptives have been found to impact both milk supply and nutrient content.  If you had gestational diabetes during pregnancy, there is something else to take into account.   A 1998 study conducted at the University of Southern California School of medicine showed that women with gestational diabetes who took the mini birth control pill while breastfeeding tripled their risk of developing permanent type II diabetes within a year.  Therefore, taking hormonal birth control while breastfeeding is truly a risk to the health of your baby, and possibly to your own health as well.

You may wish to explore some common non-hormonal methods of birth control during this time.  Examples are male and female condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, vaginal sponges, and spermicides.  However, you can easily unintentionally use any of these methods improperly, which increases their failure rate.  Luckily, you do have the option of using Lady-Comp, which is a great way to prevent pregnancy without subjecting your body to artificial methods.

Lady-Comp is an intelligent fertility monitor which learns, analyzes, and predicts your ovulation with 99.3% accuracy, primarily based on your basal body temperature.  It is easy to use and free of hormones and side-effects.  If you would like to learn more about how Lady-Comp can help you, please call 1-877-925-LADY.

 

What is a “Normal” Menstrual Cycle and Can Vitamins Help Support One?

The menstrual cycle is essentially a sequence of changes a woman’s body goes through in order to prepare for pregnancy.  During this process, the uterus grows a new lining in preparation to receive a fertilized egg.  If there is no fertilized egg to begin pregnancy, the uterus sheds its lining, causing menstrual bleeding.  Women usually begin experiencing menstrual periods between the ages of 11 and 14, and will notice them begin to slow down between the ages of 39 and 51.  The length of the menstrual cycle is counted from the first day of bleeding until the last day before the next bleeding occurs.  On average, this is 28 days, but can vary by up to 7 days each time.  It is not uncommon to have greater variance as a teenager or after you reach your 40’s.  However, if you experience a variance of 8 days or more while you are in your 20’s and 30’s, your period is considered irregular by medical standards.

There is evidence that vitamins can assist in regulating your cycle under some limited circumstances:

  • Irregular periods can be caused by malnourishment.  In this case, supplying the body with proper nutritional needs can make a difference.
  • Researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine found that women who were struggling with infertility due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome had extremely low levels of Vitamin D and therefore could be assisted by adding Vitamin D supplements.
  • Folic acid, a major component of prenatal vitamins, is considered to be a fertility enhancer.
  • It can be helpful to increase your intake of Vitamin B6, as a lack of it is known to cause hormonal imbalance.
  • Vitamin E is also used to helped regulate the menstrual cycle.
  • Monk’s pepper, also known as chaste berry or Vitex, is an herbal supplement known to help regulate ovulation and menstruation by restoring the natural balance of estrogen and progesterone in the body.

If you are trying to conceive and are frustrated by your irregular cycle, Lady-Comp can help.  Lady-Comp is 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 Lady-Comp’s proven track record with helping couples conceive, please call us at 1-877-925-LADY.