Tracking Your Cycle: More than Taking Your Temperature

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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

The Pros and Cons of Having Sex during Your Period

Photo courtesy of Getty Images Paul Bradbury

Photo courtesy of Getty Images Paul Bradbury

Many people consider “that time of the month” to be off limits for sex.  In fact, it could be a topic you and your partner have never actually discussed.  If having sex during menstruation is something you are willing to try, you should open up a dialogue with your partner to see if it is something they are interested in as well.  Below are some potential positives and negatives to consider when having sex during your period.

There are several pros to having sex during menstruation which may not have occurred to you.  First, to state it bluntly, your menstrual blood provides natural lubrication that can improve the sensation for both parties involved.  Next, the changes in a women’s hormones during menstruation can result in an increased libido and higher sensitivity, which leads to more enjoyable sex for you.  Third, you may find that having sex during your period will actually shorten its length, as the act of having an orgasm creates muscle spasms in the uterus which will cause the uterine lining to shed more quickly.  Finally, those very same orgasms cause a release of endorphins that can help relieve your period-related cramps.

On the flip side, there are some cons to sex during your period.  First, it is definitely a messier proposition.  Therefore, you may want to limit your activity to lighter flow days, avoid any positions that require you to be on top, and either have sex in the shower, or place a towel underneath you to absorb any liquid and protect your bedding from stains.   Next, a possibility exists that one or both of you will become uncomfortable, bringing an end to the intimacy.  Simply agree in advance that if this happens, it’s OK with both of you not to continue, and credit yourself for trying something new.

 

Source: http://blogdailyherald.com/2013/04/15/sextion-sex-on-your-period/

Mid-Cycle Spotting

Photo courtesy of Womens-Health-Info.com

Photo courtesy of Womens-Health-Info.com

It can be very frustrating to discover you are experiencing bleeding between periods, which is commonly known as mid-cycle spotting.  Not only is mid-cycle spotting an inconvenience, but it can be a sign of a variety of medical conditions.  The following are some possible causes of this condition.

  • Implantation Bleeding– Up to 33% of women will experience implantation bleeding 6 to 12 days after conceiving.  This is light pink to brown discharge that occurs when the egg implants itself in the uterine lining.  It is extremely light bleeding that may occur just once, and definitely will not exceed two days in length.
  • Cervical Abnormalities– Slight mid-cycle bleeding can be a sign of Human Papillomavirus, cervical fibroids, or cancer.
  • Hormone Imbalance– Many different health issues, such as endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and thyroid problems can lead to a disruption in the delicate balance of hormones in your body and cause mid-cycle bleeding.
  • Ovarian Cysts– If your mid-cycle bleeding is accompanied by a sharp pain on either side of your lower abdomen, it could be the result of a ruptured ovarian cyst.
  • Sexual Intercourse– The closer your body is to ovulating, the more sensitive your cervix becomes.  Having sex during this sensitive time can actually cause mild damage to the cervix that produces bleeding.  If you see bright red blood after intercourse, this is the likely culprit.

Even if you feel you know the cause behind your mid-cycle spotting, it is a good idea to meet with your doctor to discuss it.  To prepare for the meeting, write down the days in your cycle in which the spotting occurs, how long it lasts, the color and amount of blood, and any other symptoms you experience at the same time.  A firm medical diagnosis will allow you and your physician to discuss ways of preventing mid-cycle spotting in the future.

 

Source: http://natural-fertility-info.com/mid-cycle-spotting.html

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

Yoga and Your Menstrual Cycle

Yoga is a spiritual science founded in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.  It is a series of women-doing-yogaphysical postures, varying in difficulty level, which help you become more in tune with your body and at peace with your surroundings.  Yoga has become extremely popular in the United States due to its dual purpose of helping you get fit while also calming your mind.  For women, yoga can play a positive role in various aspects of your menstrual cycle.

  • PMS Relief– Yoga can be used for the wide variety of symptoms that accompany premenstrual syndrome.  First, it boosts circulation, which can relieve the buildup of fluid that causes bloating.  Next, the focus on deep breathing increases oxygen flow to your tissues, which eases uncomfortable cramping.  Finally, yoga requires focus, which, if nothing else, will take your mind off how you are feeling for a blissful period of time.  Poses to try include child’s pose, cat pose, and bridge pose.
  • Fertility– While yoga is not a direct treatment for infertility, it has elements which can be helpful to a woman struggling with fertility issues.  First, it helps to increase blood flow in the pelvic area.  Next, it helps those practicing it achieve tranquility.  This is important because the stress that occurs in most people experiencing infertility can only exacerbate the issue further.
  • Regulating Hormones– Yoga works by pressurizing and depressurizing specific glands in your body, and in doing so, can help regulate your hormonal secretions.  Therefore, the regular practice of yoga has a positive impact on your endocrine system.  As a result, yoga can help you decrease hot flashes brought on by menopause, boost your libido, improve memory, eliminate good cravings, reduce and manage pain, combat fatigue, lower anxiety, decrease mood swings, lower depression, balance your thyroid, and much more.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.active.com/a3_articles/7aac0f15-c7f9-4a14-8d12-c48b96addafb/1?page=1

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/04/26/for-women-trying-to-conceive-fertility-yoga/

http://www.ageology.com/top-25-reasons-to-do-yoga-for-hormonal-health/

Irregular Cycles are not so irregular

Largely to simplify the explanation of the process, a standard menstrual cycle is considered to be 28 days in length. The breakdown is as follows:

  • The first day of bleeding is day 1.
  • During days 1-14, known as the follicular phase, your follicles ripen as your estrogen rises. One follicle becomes dominant and produces an egg.
  • During days 14-28, known as the luteal phase, your estrogen levels drop as your progesterone levels rise.  Around day 14, in the process of ovulation, the egg is released from the follicle and travels through the fallopian tube on its way to the uterus to be fertilized.
  • Women are fertile for about 24-48 hours around the time they ovulate.  If the egg is not fertilized, menstruation occurs, and the cycle repeats.

period irregularNow, if everyone’s cycle worked exactly like this, it would be relatively easy to guess your fertile days.  However, this is not the case.  A woman’s menstrual cycle is completely unique to the individual.  It can range from 24-37 days and still be considered normal if that is what is normal for you.  Additionally, your cycle length can naturally vary throughout your life; just because it is 28 days now does not mean it will always be that way.

If you have widely irregular periods, it is important to see your doctor.  It is possible to cause your body to have irregular periods completely inadvertently through poor nutrition, over-exercising, smoking, and excessive alcohol and/or caffeine intake.  Your cycle can be impacted by excess stress and certain medications as well.  A physician can help you explore these possibilities as well as potential medical causes such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or uterine abnormalities.

If you are trying to become pregnant and are being hampered by an irregular cycle, Lady-Comp can help so please call us today at 1-877-925-LADY.

Sources: http://www.womentowomen.com/menstruation/menstrualcycle.aspx and http://www.womentowomen.com/menstruation/irregularperiods.aspx.

Causes of Irregular Periods

If you are trying to become pregnant, having an irregular period can be a source of great frustration, as it makes it much more difficult to calculate your fertile days.  While all women will experience an irregular period occasionally, if it is happening on a regular basis, there is a chance something occurring in your daily life is the culprit.  Below are some possible triggers.

  • Stress– This is the number one cause of irregular periods.  When you are stressed your body produces a hormone called cortisol, and this interferes with the amount of estrogen and progesterone being produced by your body.  Excess cortisol can completely change the timing and flow of your cycle.
  • Excessive Exercise– In this case, it’s possible to do too much of a good thing.  If you are overdoing it at the gym, your body will not have the energy it needs to generate your menstrual cycle.
  • Gaining or Losing Weight– Your weight is a factor in the level of hormones your body produces.  If you have recently gained weight or are on a weight loss journey, you can expect your period to shift around.
  • Alcohol– Estrogen and progesterone are metabolized by your liver, which is a critical part of the regulation of your cycle.  When your liver is consumed by metabolizing alcohol in excess, it interferes with this process.
  • Diet– Studies have shown that a diet high in fat and carbohydrates can interfere with your menstrual cycle.  In most cases, a diet like this will cause weight gain, and cholesterol compounds located in fat cells actually produce a weak form of estrogen which will throw off your body’s natural hormone balance.

If you are seeking a natural way to determine your fertile days despite your cycle irregularities, Lady-Comp is your answer.  This 99.3% effective fertility computer will accurately predict the days you are likely to become pregnant, regardless of variations in your cycle length.  Please call us at 1-877-925-LADY to learn more.

Anovulation

Anovulation is the term used for a menstrual cycle in which there is no ovulation.  In other words, you still experience bleeding even though you did not release an egg or ovulate.  It is normal for these cycles to occur occasionally throughout your childbearing years.  However, when experienced on a frequent basis, the result is difficulty conceiving.

The number one cause of anovulation is hormonal imbalance.  This can be brought on by a prolonged and strenuous exercise program, emotional stress, and/or eating disorders.  There are also several medical issues that result in hormonal imbalance, including polycystic ovary syndrome, hypothalamic dysfunction, and tumors of the pituitary gland, adrenal gland, or ovaries.

Additionally, it has been found that certain medications cause anovulation.  For example, because they work by intentionally disrupting the interaction between the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and ovaries, hormonal birth control is often the culprit.  It appears that the longer a woman is on hormonal contraceptives, the more likely she will experience anovulation when she stops taking them.

Because many women will continue to have what appears to be normal periods even if they do not ovulate, anovulation can be difficult to detect without extensive testing.  This could include blood tests, CT or MRI scans of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, and endometrial or ovarian biopsies.  However, there is one way you can potentially detect this issue yourself at home, and that is with Lady-Comp.  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% accurate.  If you are experiencing bleeding without the indication of any fertile days, you will know something is amiss and can follow up with your doctor for further testing.

Once anovulation is detected, there are treatments available, including medication, nutritional adjustments, stress reduction, and surgery.  What is recommended for you will vary depending on the cause of your condition, your age, and your medical history.

If you are interested to learn more about how Lady-Comp can help you, please feel free to call us at 1-877-925-LADY.  We are looking forward to speaking with you.

What Affects Your Period?

Most women only know when their period starts and ends, and sometimes they may even be off by a couple of days due to changes in their diet. But in the world of women’s health, there is a lot more to understand about the entire menstrual cycle – not just your period. When thinking about your cycle in its entirety, there are so many things to consider, including the number of days in your cycle and days of menstrual flow. Whether or not you are planning for a new addition to the family, it is important to understand your whole cycle, not just the start and stop times of your period.

It’s very important to keep in mind that diet plays a huge role in regulating your menstruation, from bloating to even missing a period. Right before and during your period, it is a good idea to increase your fruit intake. Eating foods that are high in potassium can help with bloating, such as bananas and cranberries. Drinking plenty of water during this time is also a cheap and naturally effective way to flush out any toxins and sodium in your system that can cause puffiness in your skin and reduce water retention. Like a little spice in your food? Try adding some fresh ginger to the foods you eat to help relax and soothe those very muscles that cause cramping. A diet that is high in fiber can actually cause your cycle to be irregular and may potentially flush out some of the estrogen in your body. Keeping a good balance between both fiber and saturated fat will help you to keep a regular cycle. Aside from balancing your diet in the right places, it’s also good to keep in mind that smaller, more frequent meals are best. This helps keep your blood sugar and your mood up.

Calcium, Evening Primrose oil, Wild yam, Monks pepper and Magnesium are other good natural supplements to add into your diet. In fact, for women 19 years to 50 years of age, 1000mg of calcium should be included in your diet daily. For some women, primrose oil has been known to soothe menstrual pain and inflammation. Wild yam is another natural method of helping with not only menstrual discomfort but postmenopausal symptoms. Today, wild yam is said to be used more to replace hormone replacement therapy. Monks pepper, also known as chasteberry, is something else to consider when looking for more natural ways to help with menstrual pain. Monks pepper also helps to alleviate pre-menstrual tension. Lastly, it’s good to remember what you’ve been doing during your entire cycle to anticipate any irregularities like sudden weight loss or weight gain.