There are two types of hormonal birth control pills. One type contains a combination of estrogen and progestin, and one contains progestin only. Both introduce synthetic hormones into your body in order to stop you from releasing an egg, make your uterus an inhospitable environment for a fertilized egg, and thicken your cervical mucus in an attempt to prevent sperm from reaching your uterus. Continue reading
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.
“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!”
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– 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.
- Cotton– 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.
- Papaya– 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.
From the moment you were old enough to consider using hormonal birth control, you’ve probably been told that it will make you gain weight. Whether this is myth or fact has been a subject of great debate over time. However, the truth lies somewhere in between.
Fact: In a 2009 research study conducted at Texas A&M University, 73 women, 34 of whom were on hormonal birth control, were placed on a supervised ten week weight training program. At the conclusion, researchers measured the gains in muscle mass in the participants, and discovered that the women on birth control built 60% less lean muscle mass than those who were not. In addition, those on birth control had higher levels of hormones that actually break down muscle tissue. Since lean muscle mass increases your metabolism, and thus your ability to burn calories, this would indicate that being on hormonal birth control is directly related to your body burning calories less efficiently.
Fact: Each woman is unique, with her own personal body chemistry. It’s impossible for anyone to know how your body will react to adding a hormonal birth control method to the mix until you actually do so.
Fact: According to Planned Parenthood, a very common reaction to hormonal birth control is water retention. While not fat, water weight is still extra pounds for your body to carry.
Fact: Planned Parenthood also states that progesterone, which is a hormone found in some forms of birth control, is known to increase appetite. Consuming more calories each day can, of course, lead to weight gain.
Fact: In The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, it was reported that women taking the Depo-Provera birth control shot, which contains synthetic hormones to suppress estrogen levels, are twice as likely to become obese over a three year period than those not taking hormonal birth control, even after diet and exercise were taken into account.
If you are concerned about weight gain, it seems taking hormonal birth control is simply not worth the risk.
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.
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.
As mentioned in a previous article, physicians are frequently quick to prescribe hormonal birth control to patients not only for pregnancy prevention, but for a variety of other medical purposes as well. We would like to encourage women to learn more about the potential side effects of hormonal birth control before starting it. To that end, we would like to provide you more information on two of those effects: migraines and deep vein thrombosis.
Migraines are a chronic medical condition characterized by severe headaches with intense throbbing pain. They cause nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. While not a threat to your health, they can last for days and have a huge impact on your daily life. While the cause of migraines is not fully understood, researchers link them to abnormal changes in substances that are naturally produced in the body. The changing levels cause inflammation, which in turn causes the blood vessels in the brain to swell and press on nerves, creating the pain. In some women, the varying hormone levels that come along with taking birth control can serve as a migraine trigger. Typically, the migraine will occur during the last week of the cycle, which is the “off” week, when you are taking placebo pills. During that time, your body goes through hormone withdrawal and your estrogen levels drop sharply, setting off the migraine. It is an endless and painful cycle.
Deep vein thrombosis is an extremely dangerous type of blood clot that typically forms in the legs. Clots of this type can be deadly, because they carry the risk of traveling to the lung, creating what is known as a pulmonary embolism. This is a blockage of an artery in the lung which can cause death. Doctors have found that the estrogen in hormonal birth control makes the blood more likely to clot. Therefore, they say that you should absolutely avoid any type of estrogen therapy if you carry any other risk factor for blood clotting. These include smoking, being overweight, traveling frequently, having high blood pressure, suffering from migraines, or having a family history of blood clots, heart disease, heart defects, or stroke.
Are you ready to let your body return to its natural hormone levels? If so, you should know that many non-hormonal forms of family planning are available. For example, you may wish to learn more about Lady-Comp, 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% accurate. 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.