You are sitting on a beautiful beach, a sweet rum drink in hand, and your significant other is looking oh so sexy right about now. The boat is going to be rocking tonight! But how do you make it so that this situation doesn’t produce a new crew for your boat? There are better ways than having to just “keep it in your shorts”, and a really neat alternative if you want to steer clear of oral contraceptives. With the advances in technology these days, it is no wonder that there is a mini computer out there that can tell you when you are in “prime baby-making time” with something as simple as giving you a green, yellow, or red light. If you have ever driven a car and come to a set of stop lights, then you can figure out what those lights mean.
In the past Eben and I used Natural Family Planning (tracking the changes in a woman’s body to let you know where she is in her cycle). It was a personal way of controlling our family-unit size. It allowed us to better understand my body. There were no chemicals (found in other birth controls) entering my body. And it allowed Eben to better understand ME (which actually means mood swings and arousals! Like did you know a woman gets hornier when she is fertile, her hormones are in full swing.)
What didn’t work for us 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 we had to find another way, because right now we are happy with 2 (kiddos).
Then came this wonderful little device that popped up in my facebook feed. It is called the Lady-Comp. It 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 had to get one.
Now the price tag may seem a little high, but with a 7 year life expectancy, if you do the math of how much you are saving on other methods in that time, and take into account the benefits of this thing, the money is WELL WORTH IT.
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 the green, yellow, or red light for the sexy-time go ahead (or no go). I love this thing. It does all the tracking for you. There are also other little nifty functions on this computer like a built in alarm clock, graphs, and a spot to add your own personal notes (like if you had 1 too many painkillers the night before, this could affect your cycle, and your judgement).
It has worked for us. We can “adult snuggle” knowing what color I am. We have been using the Lady Comp for over a year now with no hiccups, and as you can see, we haven’t procreated in that time!
The info in this post is not a class on fertility in any way, 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, or that of your significant other’s, and what happens with it! If you make babies, that is on you.
|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!|
Thanks for sharing this Genevieve! And I'm glad it's working for you. Your body thanks you for paying attention to its fascinating workings and for keeping it drug free.
As a wife who used and taught the old fashioned Natural Family Planning with my husband for all of our married fertile years, I would like to add this comment to those reading this post: the one thing missing from this techno method is the involvement of the husband. If he is willing to use a natural method in any form, that's a plus but the Serena method of NFP has the charting as his job to make it a couple method where the partners stay in daily communication to take responsibility for their COMBINED fertility. As all of our students have heard me say: "A woman does not just spontaneously combust into a pregnancy." As a matter of fact, she is only able to actually conceive during a 24 (maybe 48) HOUR period, ONCE in a cycle. It's the male who is not only constantly fertile but whose sperm can wait in ambush for up to 5 days for the unsuspecting egg to come floating along. Pregnancy is definitely NOT "the woman's fault" or something SHE needs to "take care of" by herself.
Here's a suggestion to keep both partners involved – Have the husband keep the device on his side of the bed, hand it to his lady at temp taking time and have him look at the result and inform her.
Genevieve, I appreciate your boldness in posting this and your "content warning" leaving readers free to comment. ;p I love you.
lol I love the "constantly fertile" men comment, except it makes their sperm sound like kamakazi ninjas, sort of scary! 🙂
When you are sure that you are done having children….'SNIP"
any guy who doesn't do this for his lady is truly a weenie.