The Use of Herbs to Improve Fertility

HerbsIf you are struggling with your attempts to conceive, it can be a very stressful experience.  Well-meaning friends and family may be pushing you toward visiting a fertility doctor to seek a medical solution.  However, you may be interested in trying some all natural remedies before taking that step.  Below are some common infertility issues and herbs that have been known to remedy them.

  • Amenorrhea– If you are suffering from either irregular periods or a complete lack of them, there are several herbs that can help.  For example, motherwort is a mild uterine stimulant that is used worldwide to treat these ailments.  The flowering tops, leaves, and stalk can all be used for medicinal extracts and vinegars.
  • Cervical Mucus Issues– To encourage healthy production of cervical mucus, it is important to stay hydrated and ingest essential fatty acids, especially omega-6, and evening primrose oil is a fantastic source of this.  The seeds of the evening primrose plant are pressed into this oil, which is typically enclosed in a capsule for use as a dietary supplement.
  • Endometriosis– To soothe the pain of endometriosis, you will want to seek out herbs that reduce inflammation and strengthen your body’s immune response.  A great example of this is bee propolis, a resin mixture of tree sap, buds, and leaves which bees make to seal openings in their hives.  A 2003 study published in Fertility and Sterility showed that 60% of the participants suffering from endometriosis who took 500 milligrams of bee propolis twice a day for 9 months became pregnant, as opposed to 20% of the group taking a placebo.
  • Ovarian Cysts– Ovarian cysts can be diminished by taking herbs that promote regular ovulation, proper circulation, and hormonal balance.  Black cohosh root is known to regulate the entire menstrual cycle.  This very powerful herb, which should be used for no more than 6 months, has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, promotes healthy blood flow throughout the pelvic area, and aids in regular shedding of the uterine lining.

Before starting any herbal regimen, it is recommended you seek the advice of both your physician and an experienced herbalist.

Source: http://natural-fertility-info.com/fertility-herbs

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

Ancient Methods of Birth Control

It is commonly thought that at one point in history, women believed their menstrual cycles corresponded with the phases of the moon, with ovulation occurring at the full moon and menstruation beginning with the new moon.  If this method was truly used, its effectiveness is certainly questionable.  However, there are some well-documented examples of birth control methods used in ancient times to help women exert some control over their bodies.

  • lemons-1Lemons– According to the Talmud, the preferred method of birth control in Jewish communities was a crude version of what we now know as the sponge.  Because citric acid has spermicidal properties, women would soak sponges in lemon juice and insert them in the vagina to act as a simultaneous barrier against and killer of sperm.  Additionally, the rind of half a lemon was used to act as what we know today as a diaphragm.  Women were also observed douching with lemon and lime juice after sex.
  • cottonCotton– A 1550 BCE medical manuscript called the Ebers Papyrus shows that physicians advised women to grind acacia tree bark, dates, and honey together, apply the resulting paste to seed wool, and insert it vaginally.  In addition to the wool forming a barrier against sperm, the acacia would ferment into lactic acid, which is known as a spermicide.
  • papayaPapaya– Because unripe papaya contains phytochemicals that interfere with progesterone levels, it was used to prevent and terminate pregnancies in parts of Asia.  Additionally, when taken daily, papaya seeds served as a natural and safe form of male birth control, cutting sperm count to zero.

Thankfully, we have come a long way since ancient times, and have many proven birth control methods at our disposal.  At Lady-Comp, we have created an intelligent fertility monitor, based on 25 years of research and development, which will predict your fertile days with 99.3% accuracy.  To learn more about the very latest in fertility technology, please call 1-877-925-LADY.

 

Source: http://listverse.com/2010/11/14/10-ancient-methods-of-birth-control/

Non-Hormonal Contraception Options on your Fertile Days

bc methodsAs a Lady-Comp customer who is not seeking to have a child at this time, you may be wondering about natural contraception options for your fertile days.  While abstinence is of course the most effective birth control method, it is not your only choice.  Read on to learn more about non-hormonal contraception options.

Item What is it? How Effective is it?
Male Condom A thin covering, usually made of latex or lamb skin, which fits over an erect penis to catch sperm during intercourse. 85% with typical use and 98% with correct and consistent use.
Female Condom A loose, soft pouch inserted into the vagina, with flexible rings at each end to hold it in place, which catches sperm during intercourse. 79% with typical use, and 95% with correct and consistent use.
Vaginal Spermicide A gel, foam, film, cream, suppository, or tablet which contains a chemical that kills sperm on contact. 71% with typical use, and 82% with correct and consistent use.  Often recommended to use in combination with a barrier method to boost percentage of effectiveness.
Diaphragm A dome-shaped, flexible rubber rimmed cup which covers the cervix, creating a barrier to sperm. This must be fitted by a medical professional. 86% with typical use, and 94% with correct and consistent use.
Contraceptive Sponge A small, soft, round piece of synthetic sponge, containing a spermicide, which is placed over the cervix to both create a barrier and kill sperm. 84% with typical use, and 91% with correct and consistent use.
Cervical Cap A hat-shaped object with an outward-flaring brim made of silicone rubber which completely covers the cervix.  Spermicide must be placed on the inside and outside of the device, which must be fitted by a medical professional. 85% with typical use, and 91% with correct and consistent use. Less effective in women who have given birth vaginally.

Do you have experience with any of these methods? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: http://www.boulderwomenshealth.org/our-services/birth-control/nonhormonal-methods/

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.

What to Expect When You Stop Taking the Pill

If you are considering stopping your hormonal birth control, you could have any number of reasons for doing so. Regardless of if you have decided you are ready to conceive or simply have a desire to switch to a more natural method of family planning, it is important to know what you can expect when your body is no longer subjected to the extra hormones.

What To Expect When you Stop Taking the Pill
First, know that the timing of your first menstrual cycle after you stop taking hormonal birth control can be difficult to predict. It is possible you will suffer from a condition called post-pill amenorrhea, which is a complete absence of your period for several months. This is because the birth control was suppressing your body’s natural ovulation and menstruation hormones, so it can take some time for them to produce normally again. In addition, when your period does resume, the length of your cycle may not be the same as it was before you began birth control. It’s not unusual for it to be shorter/longer or heavier/lighter than before. Because of this variability, if you are not trying to conceive, it is very important to have your new natural birth control plan in place before you stop taking the pill. It’s actually possible to ovulate and conceive immediately after going off the pill, before you even have your first natural period.
Next, remember that your birth control pill may have been doing more to your body than just preventing pregnancy. If the pill was helping to control your acne, you might find your skin becoming oily again. If you were someone who suffered from weight gain as a result of the birth control hormones, you might find that you lose a pound or two as a pleasant side effect. Finally, if the pill was helping to control your premenstrual syndrome symptoms, be prepared for them to return. It is not abnormal to find that they are even worse than usual at first as your body adjusts to the chemical changes. Thankfully, you should find that your hormones regulate themselves within 3-6 months. However, if you are concerned about anything you are experiencing, it is advisable to see your doctor.

Interview with Ms Burda Sanchez, 36 years old, from Lithuania

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VE: Ms Sanchez, you have been using the Lady-Comp system for 14 years now, and you wouldn’t want to be without it?

Ms Sanchez:
That’s right, I swear by it! Of course people smirk and shake their heads. “What? The woman uses a computer to avoid getting pregnant and she has nine children?” To many people that must sound like an absolute contradiction.

VE:
So what do you say to them?

Ms Sanchez:
Contraception is not just an issue for couples who don’t want to have any children or any more children. All of my children were planned, whereby, in my opinion, this in itself also needs to be planned! From the beginning, we talked to our children about whether they would like to have a sibling. Sometimes they came to us themselves and said that they thought it would be great if we had another baby. Whenever we wanted another child I was able to rely 100% on the Lady-Comp method. In addition, I never needed to take a pregnancy test. After having a raised temperature for 14 days, I could be sure that I was pregnant again.

VE:
What made you decide to buy a fertility monitor computer?

Ms Sanchez:
I have always wanted to get to know my body in more detail. As a young woman I also had a benign lump in my breast. The doctors advised me not to use hormones. Even my first child was naturally “naturally” planned! At that time I used a thermometer to pinpoint the temperature rise. After having our second child, I happened to be at a meeting on “Natural Family Planning” where I purchased a Lady-Comp. That was 14 years ago and since then I have never been without it. I find it simply ingenious, I use it every day, even when I am pregnant and breastfeeding. You might think that I wouldn’t need it now that I am pregnant, but now I need it even more. I feel different and I like to be in control of my body and to be able to judge what is going on in it. For example, in the meantime I know that one month after I have stopped breastfeeding my temperature curve will return to normal.

VE:
Have you recommended the use of the fertility computer to other women?

Frau Sanchez:
Yes, I have already recommended it a number of times, for example to a colleague who had already been trying to have a baby for a long time, but without success. Above all, I advised her to inform herself about her menstrual cycle and what is going on inside her body. About one and a half years ago an article on large families was published in the MIGROS supermarket magazine. At that time, many women saw our photo and phoned us to ask if they could give us any tips on getting pregnant. I recommended the Lady-comp to them so that they would be able to get to know exactly what is going on in their body. I must say that I am always surprised at how little women know about all the information that they can get from their own bodies. Without this information, women must feel quite helpless.

VE:
These days, having nine children is quite unusual. How do people react to it?

Frau Sanchez:
My husband is Spanish and he loves children, just as I do, and that is the most important thing. Obviously we get to hear some negative comments, but the most honest remarks are probably those we get from children belonging to other families. They find it “really cool” when our kids talk about their numerous brothers and sisters. They like to visit us because everything is “so relaxed” in our home and that is really true. The reason for this is that I stick to the children’s rhythms and as a result I don’t get stressed, even though it is difficult to imagine it with nine children around. Of course I sometimes have to ask a friend who has visited me to drink coffee if she wouldn’t mind going home because its five o’clock and I need to cook. This way I don’t feel as though I haven’t any time for the children or for myself. You have to manage your time wisely, just like a manager has to, don’t you agree? We can very well imagine having a tenth child.

VE:
Ms Sanchez, thank you very much for this very candid interview.

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.