Natural Fertility Care

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By being a Lady-Comp user, you have demonstrated that you are committed to natural family planning without the use of hormonal birth control.  Therefore, if you are having trouble conceiving, it only makes sense that you would prefer to seek out natural treatments, rather than subject your body to fertility drugs.

Luckily, more and more physicians are embracing this way of thinking and pursuing natural approaches, the most common of which is known as the Creighton Model Fertility Care System.  With this system, you will chart your cycle, as well as a number of other physical changes to your body throughout, in an effort to naturally determine the cause of your infertility.  Physicians will use these results, along with an evaluation of your body’s hormones, to look for specific markers that can be telltale signs of infertility causes.  These can include premenstrual spotting, three or more days of brown menstrual bleeding, quality and quantity of cervical mucus flow, and abnormal lengths of time between ovulation.  Once the irregularities have been identified, natural methods of correcting them can be discussed. Continue reading

Pros and Cons of Natural Family Planning (Part 3- Final)

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“Natural family planning” is any method of fertility management that uses natural methods to determine the time of the month when a woman is most fertile.  These methods help a woman to learn and recognize the changes to her body around her fertile time, and make decisions about having sex in accordance with if she is trying to postpone or achieve pregnancy.  As with any birth control method, there are things about it that you may feel are advantages or disadvantages to you personally.  Below are some things about natural family planning methods to keep in mind. Continue reading

Myths about Natural Family Planning (Part 2)

myths about natural family planning“Natural Family Planning” is an umbrella term which encompasses natural forms of fertility management based on scientific research about women’s fertility cycles.  This includes the Basal Body Temperature, Ovulation, and Sympto-Thermal Methods, as well as the more technologically advanced Lady-Comp personal fertility computer.  Unfortunately, there are many pervasive myths about natural family planning that prevent some couples from trying it.  We will dispel some of those myths below. Continue reading

How Men Can Support Their Partner with Natural Family Planning (Part 1)

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“Natural family planning” is a form of fertility management where a woman uses the signs her body naturally gives her to determine the point in her menstrual cycle when she is most fertile.  For many women, this system is preferable to the uncomfortable and unhealthy side effects that can accompany the use of hormonal birth control methods.  If you are a man with a partner who has chosen a natural family planning method of birth control, it is important for you to know that you have a part to play in supporting her with her choice.  Below are some ways in which you can work with your partner to achieve your fertility goals. Continue reading

Method Effectiveness vs. User Effectiveness

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When discussing the effectiveness rates of various methods of birth control, you should be aware that there is a difference between the effectiveness of the method and the effectiveness of use.  Method effectiveness is defined as the effectiveness with perfect use.  In other words, the number of unexpected pregnancies which occurred when the method was correctly and consistently used over a period of time.  On the other hand, user effectiveness is defined by the actual practices of the couples using the method, both correctly and incorrectly, over that same period of time, which is usually one year.

The chart below describes some common birth control methods, along with their method and user effectiveness rates, based on 2,000 users and one year of use.  For comparison, having unprotected sex with absolutely no method of birth control used results in pregnancy 85% of the time.

Birth Control Method User Effectiveness Failure Rate Method Effectiveness Failure Rate
Male latex condom 15% 2%
Combined oral contraceptive pill 9% 0.3%
Diaphragm with spermicide 16% 6%
Intrauterine device with copper 0.8% 0.6%
Birth Control Patch 8% 0.3%
NuvaRing birth control ring 9% 0.3%
Depo Provera birth control shot 3% 0.3%
Today contraceptive sponge 32% 20%

 

The number one reason for the difference between the user and method effectiveness rates is simply failure to follow the given instructions for the item.  For example:

  • Birth control pills should be taken at the exact same time every day.
  • Condoms should be stored in a cool, dry place at all times prior to use, and should never be used if they are past the expiration date.
  • Diaphragms and cervical caps must completely cover the cervix.
  • IUD users should conduct a monthly check to make sure the device is properly in place.

The takeaway is that whatever birth control method you choose for yourself, it is important to be as educated as possible about it for the best results.

Please keep in mind that our effective rating is 99.3% effective and best explained on our website.

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_birth_control_methods

http://ccli.org/nfp/effectiveness/methodvsuser.php

http://womenshealth.about.com/od/birthcontrol/a/contraceptive_failure.htm

Tracking Your Cycle: More than Taking Your Temperature

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photo credit to www.nanaymiriam.wordpress.com

One very popular method of determining your fertile times of the month is the Basal Body Temperature (BBT) method.  Specifically, your BBT is the temperature you have first thing in the morning when you are freshly awakened from three to five hours sleep.  Ideally, you will take this reading before you get out of bed or engage in any activity beyond shutting off your alarm clock, and write it down in a chart.

Over time, the chart you keep will show you how your BBT changes throughout the month.  Prior to ovulation, estrogen is the primary hormone flowing through your body.  However, when ovulation occurs, your body experiences a surge of progesterone, which increases your body temperature.  In the big picture, this should mean that your BBT is at its lowest point just prior to ovulation, and will increase approximately half a degree once ovulation occurs.

Unfortunately, while a BBT chart does tell you when you have ovulated, it will not necessarily help you predict your future ovulation with accuracy.  In fact, studies show that using the BBT method alone achieves accurate results only about 75% of the time.  Truly, a BBT chart serves as a good indicator of ovulation only if you are someone with a “perfect” 28 day cycle.  For the majority of women, such a cycle may as well be a myth.

If you are seeking the convenience of the BBT method with higher accuracy, Lady-Comp is an excellent choice for you.  Lady-Comp is a state of the art fertility monitor that can predict your fertile days with 99.3% accuracy, based on your BBT and information on your menstrual cycle which you provide.  Over a period of time, it will get to know your personal cycle and will remain accurate regardless of any irregularities in cycle length.  To learn more about choosing the version of Lady-Comp that is right for you, please visit https://www.lady-comp.com/en/fertility-computers/compare/.

Sources:

http://www.whattoexpect.com/preconception/fertility/five-ways-to-tell-you-are-ovulating.aspx

http://www.storknet.com/cubbies/preconception/bbt.htm

Barrier Methods of Birth Control

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photo courtesy of jayativoria.com

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.

 

 

Source: http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/barrier-methods-of-birth-control-19059

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.

Loving an All-Natural Woman

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Photo courtesy of Consciouslifenews.com

Men, let’s face it.  When it comes to birth control options, the sex education you receive and the media you take in on a daily basis send the message that in terms of preventing pregnancy, the birth control pill is your best choice.  You are sent this message repeatedly to the point where if you meet a woman who is not taking the pill, you may find it odd.  However, there are many reasons you should be glad that your partner prefers non-hormonal options of birth control.

First, hormonal birth control can cause a variety of health issues in the woman you love.  For example, if the pill is taken before a woman’s first pregnancy, her risk of developing breast cancer is increased by 44%.  Birth control pill use also increases the risks of developing cervical cancer, liver tumors, blood clots to the lung, and heart attacks.  In terms of everyday side effects, hormonal birth control can cause weight gain, headache, dizziness, breast tenderness, migraine headaches, nausea, and mood swings.

There is one side effect of hormonal birth control use that can cause a great impact on your day to day relationship, and that is loss of interest in sex.  Birth control pills work by suppressing ovulation (and therefore her natural cyclical hormones) and essentially tricking her body into thinking it is pregnant. Multiple studies have linked the pill to decreased levels of testosterone, which is the fuel source for the female libido.

Finally, there is evidence to support that men find women more attractive when they are ovulating. In a 2012 study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior, researchers showed 500 men photos of 202 women’s faces while playing them recordings of the women’s voices at two different points in their menstrual cycles.  The men found the faces and voices more attractive when the women’s voices were recorded during ovulation.

In conclusion, there is definite research to support that if your partner is not on hormonal birth control, she will be healthier, and your sex life will be the better for it. What’s not to love?

 

Sources:

http://onemoresoul.com/contraception-abortion/risks-consequences/problems-associated-with-hormonal-birth-control.html

http://health.howstuffworks.com/sexual-health/contraception/5-ways-birth-control-affects-love-life.htm#page=3

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/sex/birth-control-more/birth-control-pills-hurting-sex-drive/

http://www.livescience.com/25457-fertile-women-attractiveness.html

Hormonal Birth Control and Breastfeeding

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There is a longstanding rumor that it is not possible to become pregnant while you are breastfeeding.  However, it is simply not true.  Breastfeeding does generally decrease your fertility, and therefore you may find that you do not menstruate for months after having your baby.  However, the body will typically release its first postpartum egg about two weeks before you experience your first post-baby period.  Therefore, it is very possible that you can become pregnant while you are still breastfeeding.

At that point, with all that your body has just been through, you may not want to become pregnant again immediately.  Initially, abstinence is recommended.  Doctors will usually tell women who have just given birth to put off having sex until their six-week postpartum examination, at which point the progress of their healing can be checked and they can be medically cleared.  However, once given the green light, hormonal birth control methods are not the best option for breastfeeding women. First, oral contraceptives containing estrogen are known to suppress milk production.  Second, any type of hormonal birth control will enter into the breast milk you are feeding your child.  Physicians still do not know what type of impact these hormones have on children’s long term sexual and reproductive development.

Therefore, non-hormonal forms of birth control are ideal for the nursing mother.  This can include the use of condoms, diaphragms, sponges, or cervical caps.  However, these forms of birth control are subject to human error in usage that can decrease their effectiveness.  Women have an affordable, accurate, and all-natural alternative for fertility control with Lady-Comp. Lady-Comp is a computer which will determine your ovulation with 99.3% accuracy based simply on the data you provide and your daily morning body temperature.

During the time of reduced fertility immediately postpartum and the initial stages of breastfeeding, Lady-Comp shows yellow.  Just try to take your temperature as often as possible. Your temperatures are a typical zig-zag pattern.  Lady-Comp plus a barrier method like the condoms, diaphragms, sponges or cervical caps are the best choice during this time.

Once you and your baby reduce the frequency of breastfeeding, your body starts to produce hormones inducing ovulation (FSH).  You will notice a change in the pattern of cervical mucus – sometimes being more fluid.  During this time you are potentially fertile.  Lady-comp still shows yellow, but your wake-up temperatures drop to a lower level with fewer disturbances.  This is the time to be extra cautious when making love.

As soon as your first ovulation has taken place, Lady-Comp will notice a significant change in your temperature pattern and show green when it is sure you are definitely infertile.  About 8 days later you will have your first menstruation and Lady-Comp will be able to predict future ovulations.

Be aware that only the change of temperature can show you for sure that you ovulated. The mucus pattern comes and goes like waves – thus it’s a sign of being fertile, but not good enough to establish that ovulation has definitely taken place.