This title sounds like I’ve become a full-blown hippie. Fear not, I still shave, I just had cosmetic surgery (had to remove a mole that was annoying me), I eat meat, and I use airplanes. After 15 years of taking the Pill though, I have decided to quit. I did it once before, and it felt good. Somehow I started again, but now it’s definitely time to quit once and for all.[spacer height=”18px”]I’m just gonna put it out there: hormones suck. Chemically altered hormones, that is. The type you find in regular birth control methods such as the Pill, or the NuvaRing. They produce all kinds of nasty side-effects (see below). [spacer height=”18px”]A while ago, a friend wrote about her experience with the ‘Lady-Comp’; a small computer, designed by ze Germans (Dr Hubertus Rechberg), that basically tells you when it’s safe to have sex without getting pregnant. [spacer height=”18px”]Firstly, I applaud her for being so honest and open, and sharing her experience with the world. The more women get educated on this still sensitive subject, the better. [spacer height=”18px”]Secondly, her story got me interested in buying the thing myself and try out natural birth control. And I did. I can’t say anything yet about my experience with it, because I’ve only been using it for the last 2 days. Two months from now, I will be able to tell you how it works for me. But today I just want to explain why I made this (o so radical) decision.
[spacer height=”18px”]Why I quit hormones[spacer height=”18px”]Like I said, regular birth control methods do have serious side-effects. Some of the most important (in my opinion) are:
- Mood changes / depression,
- Decreased libido,
- Weight gain,
How does the Lady-Comp work?[spacer height=”18px”]The first time I saw this little round device, it reminded me of those Tamagotchi things for children. Instead of a digital pet as my best e-friend, I now have my Lady-Comp that I need to feed every day. With my temperature. [spacer height=”18px”]How it works; every morning when you wake up, you stick the sensor in your mouth under your tongue for 60 seconds, and it measures your temperature. [spacer height=”18px”]Basically, a low temperature means you are about to ovulate, and a high temperature means you’re close to menstruation. [spacer height=”18px”]It uses the signals red, yellow and green to let you know what’s up. Red means a no-go (unless you want to get pregnant), yellow is there’s not enough info (you might get pregnant), and green means ‘GO’. [spacer height=”18px”]In an average month you might get 12 green days and around 8 to 10 red days. The longer you use the computer, the better it gets to know you, and the more green days you will get (party time!).
[spacer height=”18px”]Reliability[spacer height=”18px”]The Lady-Comp has a Pearl-index of 0,7 (or 99,3%). The Pearl-index is a way of indicating the reliability of a birth control method. It means that if 100 women use birth control for a year, and one of them gets pregnant, the Pearl-index would be 1,0. [spacer height=”18px”]Consider this: the Pill has a Pearl-index of less than 0,5 (or 99%). This is according to the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations. [spacer height=”18px”]And did you know that you’re only fertile for 1-2 days in a month?! Why would we put stuff in our body for a whole month, if we’re only fertile for 2 days?? Crazy. [spacer height=”18px”]The Lady-Comp is extra careful; it also considers the days sperm can survive in your body (5 days). So, it uses a big margin for safety, and that’s why you still get around 10 red days.
How to use it properly
- Set the built-in alarm clock (e.g. 7.30AM)
- You need to lie in bed (sleeping or not, doesn’t matter, as long as you are not active) for at least 5 hours before measuring
- If you want to postpone measuring or measure earlier than the day before, you can do so within 3 hours after the measure time of the last day (when postponing), or within 3 hours before the measure time of the last day (when measuring earlier).
Price & where to get it[spacer height=”18px”]The Lady-Comp is not super expensive, considering the life-span of the device (can be 15 years to a lifetime). But it’s not cheap either: you can get the Basic Lady-Comp for €395,00. Though, when you do the math, it’s still cheaper than the Pill. (15 years times €60 = €900). [spacer height=”18px”]You also have 2 other ‘deluxe’ versions, but they are more expensive. I bought the Basic version from Lilian Bonnema (distributor for Lady-Comp in The Netherlands). She now offers a discount of 5% on her website. [spacer height=”18px”]I am currently on Bali, testing it, and will let you know in 2 months how it works for me. [spacer height=”18px”]PS I think it goes without saying (although I’m pointing it out anyways, I don’t want people to think I’m reckless, which I am totally not of course), a basic rule for safety is to use extra precautions (condoms) in the first 2-3 months. And definitely when your Lady-Comp gives a red or yellow light. [spacer height=”18px”]If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you asap. [spacer height=”18px”]*This info can be found on the leaflet accompanying the Pill. [spacer height=”18px”]**See “De Hormoon-Factor” written by health coach Ir. Ralph Moorman (University of Wageningen, The Netherlands).