Maybe you don't want to read about this, maybe it is too much info. But if you want to know a bit more about a natural birth control method and this nifty device then read on. If not, check back in for our next posts.
**The info below is not a class in NFP, so please do not read this and think you now know how your fertility cycle works. If you are interested in Natural Family Planning and/or the Lady Comp, or simply understanding your cycles, please inform yourself through classes, books, internet, whatever, but not through this post. I take no responsibility in your fertility and what happens with it!
Ever since we married Eben and I have been practicing Natural Family Planning (NFP), on and off. The on and off part was due to the fact that we had 2 babies in that time, and lots of breastfeeding. Now there are a lot of naysayers when it comes to NFP, and the joke people often laugh about when we tell them we used NFP is, "yeah and look how well that worked out for you!" But it did work for us. Thanks to NFP we knew the exact days that our daughters were conceived. We knew where I was at that time on my fertility calendar, and bam, it was right. We were fertile.
To give you the low down, NFP uses the natural increase and decrease in fertility in a woman's menstrual cycle to increase or decrease the possibility of conception. There are several different methods of NFP. Each identifies the most fertile time in a woman's cycle and requires the couple to abstain from sexual intercourse during that time, if they wish to avoid conception. The method we used observed my physical changes as well as my temperature changes during my cycle, which Eben then wrote down on a chart/graph. What this meant was that at a specific time every morning I would have to take my temperature, before I got up and did any sort of activity. I had to be at a resting temp/heart rate. Then when my cycle approached fertility my temps would rise and we would know, that combined with other physical attributes, that we were in "baby making time" and it was up to us to either abstain, keep going, or use other protection methods.
We liked the natural aspect of NFP. There were no chemicals found in other birth controls entering my body. It was a moral way of controlling our family-unit size. It allowed us to better understand my body. And it allowed Eben to better understand my body (which actually means mood swings and arousals!) What we didn't like was that we were horrible at charting. We got lazy and stopped doing it. Not great if you are trying to use this method to limit the number of kids you have. So our NFP stuff fell to the wayside.
And then came this wonderful little device that I discovered online. It is called the Lady-Comp. Lady-Comp is an intelligent fertility monitor — a next-generation computer that learns, analyzes and indicates ovulation with 99.3% accuracy, free of hormones and side-effects. I was instantly intrigued and decided to write to the company to see how I could get my hands on one.
This awesome, little, hand-size, computer wakes you up, allows you to take your temperature (orally, which is a different location from the NFP temps. I'll leave that to your imagination!), and then analyzes your fertility and gives you a green, yellow, or red light for the boom boom go ahead (or no go). I love this thing, it takes all the headaches out of knowing and understanding your cycle.
I keep the Lady Comp they sent me on by bedside table, it wakes me at 3:30am (yes that is ridiculously early, but with Ellia and her night time wake ups, 3:30 seems to be the only time where I am getting 3 hours of consecutive sleep to put me at "resting" temp.) I take my temp, see the light go green or red, and go back to sleep. There are also other functions on this computer that can show you graphs, and you can even add your own personal notes. The price tag is a bit high, but the fertility monitor has over 7 years life expectancy, so compare that to how much you would be spending on other methods of contraception in that time period and this method becomes well worth the cost.
Check it out, and decide for yourself. I thought I would share the TMI about how we're avoiding pregnancy with our Lady Comp and how it has revolutionized, and simplified, our fertility monitoring to better suit our lifestyle.
|The monitor and the manual, which I keep close at hand in case I have any questions I need to double check (this is not a subject you want to have an accident with..."oops I misread that and now I am pregnant", no thanks!|