I started looking for an alternative to hormonal birth control in 2011. Up to that point, I’d tried everything: pills (too many headaches/mood swings), shots (major weight gain), the patch (same effects as the pill), and IUDs (serious cervical infection and scarring). I finally felt pretty good about Implanon, the little implant that goes in your arm. But the breakthrough bleeding was too much for me to deal with.
Then I got turned on to the whole natural-living, organic, non-GMO lifestyle by my hubs, and decided that all the hormones coming into my body via birth control didn’t exactly jive with my commitment to living more naturally. So I started looking into the Fertility Awareness Method, or FAM. I read Toni Weschler’s Taking Charge of Your Fertility, which is the Bible for female health, and was totally amazed by how little I knew about my body. I started charting my basal body temperature and other fertility signs in the Kindara app, and was well on my way to more natural reproductive health. I achieved two pregnancies using FAM, without much trouble. This isn’t the rhythm method- it’s recognizing the signs your body is most fertile, and either avoiding or achieving pregnancy based on those signs. It’s easier than it sounds, especially once you see your body’s signs and patterns on a consistent chart.
Then I started staying home. And I couldn’t for the life of me remember to stay close to my chart. I struggled with the Pill because half the time I couldn’t remember to take them on time. That same struggle made it difficult with me to maintain my chart. With 2 kids under 2 and 2 big kids going to school, it was all I could do to get the thermometer in my mouth in the morning. So I researched some other options, and I found my favorite method of FAM so far- daysy. Daysy works like a computer. I take my temperature with her every day, just like I would in traditional charting. But instead of recording that temp manually on a chart, daysy syncs with an app on my phone, creating a chart without my help, so I have less to deal with. She also flashes a colored light based on my fertility (red is fertile, green is infertile, and yellow indicates daysy is learning my cycle or spotting an inconsistency).
Am I concerned with accuracy? Not a bit. Daysy is made by the makers of LadyComp, who have been making fertility computers for years, and who have thousands of cycles to compare to, using a specific algorithm. It has a Pearl index of 0.7, making it on par with the Pill and IUDs. And if I do feel like something’s amiss, I just play it safe on those days. The best part? I can just tell the hubs if we’re fertile or not, and feel good that we both play a role in preventing or achieving pregnancy together, all without added hormones.
Want to learn more? I’m happy to help! And of course, the daysy team is amazing with service and can answer any questions you have.
Happy baby-making (or not)!