WHAT I USE FOR CONTRACEPTION AND FERTILITY AWARENESS - Lady Comp

Let's talk contraception and fertility... For years I was putting harmful and unnatural synthetic hormones into my body and manipulating it into doing something that was against what we as women are naturally suppose to do! Such widespread use of "the pill" worries me because many women are not aware of the serious health implications of this drug and I believe it is prescribed often just to mask symptoms (like cramping, spotting, irregular periods and acne) instead of curing the actual underlining cause of the symptoms.

Many women don't consider the dangerous side effects of these synthetic hormones, but trust me - you owe it to your body and your health to do your research like I did! After being diagnosed with PCOS and other health problems, I knew the pill wasn't the answer ( even though every doctor told me it was). Three years ago, I stopped taking the pill, allowed my body to do what it is suppose to do (even though it was hard at the start) and now I use the most amazing form of contraception - FAM (Fertility Awareness Method).

Thanks to the LADY COMP Fertility Monitor, I am now able to track my period and fertility in the most natural way possible. It's amazing how well you get to know your body and what we as females can experience when given the chance. We as women are cyclical beings and I think by masking our femininity with synthetic hormones will only cause damage in the present and in the future.

All I do is upon waking, I take my temperature using the mouth gauge attached to the Lady-Comp, wait until it reads my temperature and it will tell me whether I am fertile, infertile or if it's learning my cycle. If I have my period, I simply enter it. Below I've listed some reasons why I love the LADY-COMP Fertility Monitor and I think you will love it too, also I explain a little bit more about it! 

 

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1. EXTERNAL FACTORS (SUCH AS TRAVEL, GRIEF, ILLNESS, STRESS) AND OUR HORMONES

Our bodies are so in tune with our environment and our emotional health. With Lady-Comp by charting each day we become aware of our temperature fluctuations which can reveal important information on how our bodies are tracking, help us become aware of these external factors, moderate them and put systems in place to correct them. We can note these changes - we might miss ovulation (monophasic cycle) or have delayed ovulation, have small temperature steps where our body is not producing enough progesterone (Corpus Luteum Insufficiency). It can also notify us when we start to enter peri-menopause later down the track. Amazing, right?

2. THE PILL IS ONLY MASKING YOUR CYCLE, NOT REGULATING IT

Touching base on what I said before... Most synthetic hormonal contraceptives use a high dose (one size fits all) of artificial hormones to suppress your natural ovulation. It is not a product which ‘regulates’ your cycle, rather it shuts down your body’s ability to make our natural hormones - estrogen and progesterone. On "the pill", your period is not your true period when you are on the pill rather it is a hormone withdrawal bleed. Our periods are most often a healthy sign that we have ovulated and produced progesterone via the corpus luteum. Our periods are a way of ‘checking in’ with our bodies to see that everything is on track and operating how it should be. Like I say to people and my clients -

 "A woman's menstrual cycle is a clear indication of her health and wellbeing". 

Many women who go off the pill after many years of use, who originally went on it for menstrual irregularities, often find when they do stop the pill that these symptoms come back 3 fold. Like I said, it only masks their previous fertility concerns. These exacerbations do not last forever, usually the first 3 months symptoms may worsen however, you will find your body will get back into its normal rhythms within a few months. Our bodies are always wanting to achieve homeostasis and health. Working with a natural therapies practitioner is ideal here to help support and normalise your fertility patterns.

3. LADY-COMP BENEFITS AND HOW IT WORKS

You have the ability to send your fertility information electronically to Lady-Comp or you can take it into your doctor or natural therapies practitioner. It can help you naturally and accurately track your cycle so you know your body is ovulating and making the lovely hormones that it should be. If you are coming off the pill, it is important to wait till you have experienced any hormonal withdrawal bleeding before you start measuring and to not enter this bleed as menstruation into your device as it is not a true period.

It's as easy as 60 seconds/day!

Take your temperature under your tongue each morning, enter menstruation on days that you have it, Lady Comp evaluates your data and calculates your fertility statues for the next 24 hours!

3 fertility indications:

Red= fertile (abstain from sex/use protection i.e.. condom if you do not want to get pregnant)

Yellow= Learning (abstain from sex/use protection i.e condom if you do not want to get pregnant)

Green= infertile (you may have sex without protection)

Women are only fertile about 6 days/cycle. Sperm will last for up to 5 days plus the life of the egg so why use contraception for every day of our cycle? This information collected by Lady-Comp helps women recognise their fertile periods so they can use this information to avoid pregnancy or enhance chances of conception.

4. IT'S EASY AND FOR ALL WOMEN

Women who have busy lifestyles can enjoy Lady-Comp / Women who travel, enjoy sleeping in, work shift work can all use Lady-Comp. Women who have to get up several times a night (e.g. mothers of babies or toddlers) can almost always take their temperature, either at their scheduled waking time or directly at night before taking care of the child (since reading takes only 30-60 seconds, this should not be a problem). If you are a shift worker or want to sleep in, you can change the measuring period at any time within a cycle by simply setting the alarm clock accordingly. That way you can take your temperature at 7 a.m. on one day and at 2 p.m. on the next, provided you had your sleep before that. This means that Lady-Comp can be customized to meet your requirements on a daily basis.

New Mums - from 6 weeks post-partum can begin using Lady-Comp to track their cycle. Yellow/red fertility indications will be received until first ovulation post-partum as the first returned ovulation cannot be predicted. It has a 6 hour window in which you can take your temperature, plus/minus three hours of the alarm time. If your baby wakes you during this window, take your temperature quickly before getting out of bed. If your baby wakes you before the time window, go ahead and take care of baby and then go back to sleep; when you wake up the next time, within the time window, you can go ahead and take your temperature as long as you’ve had at least 3 consecutive hours of sleep.

Women who have irregular cycles can enjoy Lady-Comp as it detects ovulation based on your basal body temperature step. If your ovulation day changes from month to month, as it does for most women, It is designed to protect you despite this variance. Lady-Comp users with significantly irregular cycles may have more red days, so generally it is not recommended for women who have cycles over 55 days long.   

5. BETTER SEX LIFE!!!!!

Seriously, I never knew I had so much libido ever since I got off the pill (this goes for any other hormonal contraception). There are also no side effects (depression, anxiety), I'm in control of my body again, and my partner is involved and we share the ownership/partnership in fertility awareness! It's really special for us in a way. I think it will get even better when we try for a baby in the future!

6. LAST BUT NOT LEAST - THE DETAILS

Lady-Comp is a fertility computer which helps a woman determine her fertile and non-fertile phases in her cycle through basal body temperature with 99.3% accuracy (that's better than any hormonal contraceptive). It gets to know your unique cycle. By navigating through the on-screen menu, you can view your temperature curve, cycle statistics, and calendar view. It has an integrated alarm that is used to set or change the time window in which to record your temperature and runs on 2 AAA batteries, either standard or rechargeable. 

Lady-Comp can also be upgraded with a planning software for those women who are specifically trying to conceive. The planning software offers the ability to track sexual intercourse data, gender prediction, and expected birth date calculation as well as early pregnancy confirmation (how cool is that??). It also allows you to connect to your computer via an included USB cable and create a pdf of your fertility report using the portal on our website to see your data in a larger scale. It will predict future fertility statuses as well as menstruations, also allow you to enter personal notes. Your fertility data cannot get lost even if the batteries lose their charge.

Why Lady-Comp?

  • Past and future fertility statuses
  • Menstruation forecasts for the next month
  • Cycle lengths and lengths of luteal phases
  • Temperature curve and temperature rise after ovulation
  • Ovulation fluctuations in days
  • Easy as 60 seconds
  • No nasty, synthetic hormones damaging your body
  • View your cycle details on your Lady-Comp or computer by uploading your data using the provided USB

I really hope you enjoyed reading this blog post about contraception and the benefits of using Lady-Comp. If you have any questions about this and my experience (if there's anything I forgot to mention) then please don't hesitate to ask. This has truly changed my life, health, and fertility! I know it can help you, too! And you will love it! 

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Not sponsored. All opinions are my own.

My Skincare Routine

EAT HEALTHY WHOLESOME FOODS

 Sometimes people forget how important diet is to maintain healthy looking skin. Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies (or should I say 'on' our bodies) and you know what they say, 'we are what we eat'. When we have a lot of toxins in our body (such as the consumption of animal products, chemicals and air pollution) that our liver and kidneys can sometimes become 'overloaded' and therefore use our skin as another means to excrete toxins from our body. This is why sometimes you can notice a few breakouts here and there after eating certain foods. I always had great skin growing up, until I reached my teen years. My skin broke out in whiteheads, blackheads and became extremely oily. So, I went on the contraception pill. After learning about the dangers of being on the pill for so long, I decided to cease taking it. Not long after stopping it, my skin broke out like crazy! It was like I was 14 again! It's like after 11 years my own body struggled to balance it's hormones (as well as my diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) which led to my skin breaking out - badly! Luckily for me, the day I stopped the pill, was the day I adopted a plant based vegan diet. I truly believe that by eating natural foods such as vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, seeds and starches that are enriched with so many vitamins and minerals along with supplements for extra help, my body was able to detox and recover. My skin now glows with life because of the living foods I am eating that are healing me from the inside out. 

WATER, WATER, WATER!

Water is the key to life! As humans, we are made up of 65% water and it is such an important element to aid everyday functions of the body, without it - we would die! Having a hydrated body, means hydrated and plump looking skin. I recommend drinking around 2-3 litres of water per day. Coming from only drinking 1 litre a day to around 3 litres a day, I noticed some significant changes in the appearance of my skin on not only my face but my body, too. I realised I didn't need to moisturise every day and that I was suffering from a dry mouth or headaches. To see whether you are well hydrated, check the colour of your urine. If it is yellow you need to drink more! If it is clear, you're all set! 

MOVE YOUR BODY

Go on, get out there and pump your lymphatic system. When you exercise, you are pumping all that stagnant blood through your body and getting all the fresh oxygen through your cells which aids in the removal of waste products, including free radicals from working cells. It also aids the lymphatic system to clear itself of toxins as it is not a 'self-moving' system. It relies on our movement for it to manoeuvre its work. It doesn't have to be much, just sweat at least once per day for 30 minutes! Minimum 4 times per week. Even if its a light walk. But to reap the full benefits, really get your heart pumping and your limbs moving. Go on, get out there and pump your lymphatic system.

START A SKINCARE ROUTINE 

Invest in some cruelty free skincare products and start a routine. Take care of your skin morning and night! Cleanse, tone, moisturise, eye cream, face masks etc. Whatever products you use, a good skin care routine can go along way and is also an excellent way to show yourself some love.

Last, but NOT Least - EXFOLIATE!

I had never thought of exfoliating until I found my little secret - a manual exfoliating brush. I underestimated the importance of exfoliating until I did my research and found that by exfoliating your skin you are removing dead skin cells that remain 'stuck' to your skin which clog the pores and have trouble shedding. It's easy for our body's skin to shed as we are always moving, touching things, wearing clothes etc, but our face tends to miss out on that action and cleansing alone doesn't help enough. By exfoliating you are removing these dead cells which clears the pores and reduces blackheads and whiteheads, improves the texture of your skin, reduces the size of large pores and better absorption for moisturisers and serums. I exfoliate twice a week using the 'Spin for Perfect Skin' exfoliating brush from Vanity Planet.

This beauty is a must have! If you're interested in buying one then head over to www.vanityplanet.com to get 70% off. DISCOUNT CODE - MK3CLEAN. Instead of RRP $100 you get it for ONLY $30.

Love and light, 

Mary Christine x