My All Natural, Hormone-Free Birth Control

Years ago, I made the decision to get off birth control pills. I had taken them on and off since I was a teenager, but I wanted to try not putting hormones into my body. I was always very lucky not to suffer from noticeable side effects or cycle issues, but as I came to find out in my practice, many women are not as lucky.

I never really saw the negative side of birth control pills until I started working as a holistic practitioner. Some women take birth control pills in effort to clear acne, which sometimes works. But as soon as they come off of them to get pregnant, I have seen some of the worst acne from the hormone fluctuations that could have been prevented if they were able to get clear beforehand. Either way, taking birth control to clear acne is not addressing the true source of hormonal imbalance in one’s life. In my opinion, there are safe alternatives to the roller coaster ride of birth control pills can bring.

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Say hello to the Lady Comp. For the last year and a half, I have been using this device as my natural form of family planning. This German engineered computer analyzes your day-to-day possibility of avoiding pregnancy with a red (not safe), yellow (caution/not safe), or green (ok!). And the Lady’s effectiveness rate is an astounding 99.3%! P.S. You can also use it to plan when you DO want to get pregnant as well. Here’s how it works:

A woman can only get pregnant about 6 days out of the month – the day she ovulates and the 5 days prior to that (lifespan of sperm). Every morning upon waking, you take your temperature, also known as your basal body temperature. It is scientifically known that a woman’s basal body temperature raises just after ovulation. The Lady Comp reads your temperature against all other readings and that of over 900,000 other women to predict with 99.3% accuracy whether or not a you can get pregnant that day. There are some very important factors to review when considering an investment in the Lady-Comp:

You and your partner must be responsible. Roughly 10 days out of the month (plus or minus a few), the Lady-Comp will give you a red or yellow light, during which unprotected sex is to be avoided if you don’t want to get pregnant. If you and your partner are not responsible, the Lady-Comp may not be for you. I have been using the Lady-Comp for over a year and a half with no issues and I have not found a single person who has gotten pregnant on a green light day. But you have to listen to the Lady.

You have trouble remembering to do things everyday. Missing a day here and there in a month is not going to affect the Lady so much, but if you already had trouble remembering to take the pill, brush your teeth, wash your face, etc. etc., then the Lady will likely end up giving you more red days than you want.

You should not take your temperature after a night of drinking or doing drugs. A night of partying will not give you an accurate reading in the mornings, so it is advised that you skip in the AM if you do have a lot to drink or have had any drugs. If this is a part of your regular lifestyle (ahem, my college self), the Lady Comp may not be the right choice.

If you feel you fall into any of these categories, the Lady may not be realistic for you. Another great option to consider with your doctor is the Paragard – the non-hormonal IUD. Otherwise if you are responsible, have a partner to back you up, and can remember to take your temperature most of the days of the week, the Lady-Comp is an absolute godsend to those of us wanting a hormone-free form of family planning. I for one am extremely happy to have it and will never let it leave my side!

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I should also note that Lady-Comp has not paid me for this article and I receive no referral fee from any purchases related to this article. I just love their product (and their customer service is pretty rad too).

Bonus recommended reading: Taking Charge of Your Fertility, by Toni Weschler. Empower yourself, ladies!!

Elise May, CN + LE
”The Skin Nutritionist”

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Comments: 8

  1. Tina zee 3 February, 2015 at 9:36 PM Reply

    In the dark ages, I also used a fertility method to prevent pregnancy . we didn’t have The Lady in those days, I just used a mercury thermometer that I shook down each night and stuck under my tongue each morning. I had to make my own graph of my basal temp. It was 100% accurate for us. The Lady sounds like heaven! Please consider trying this method, you will not miss those extra hormones.

  2. Amanda Witmer 4 February, 2015 at 7:44 AM Reply

    I have had 2 pregnancy scares with Ladycomp, I used it for 7 1/2 years. I have found an alternative to Ladycomp, NaturalCycles. I use NaturalCycles with a thermometer I got from Japan that has an alarm clock in it (around 30 dollars on amazon) I spent around 700 dollars on my Ladycomp in 7 1/2 years.

    NaturalCycles recently published its first clinical study in the European Journal of Contraception and Reproduction.

    See this blog post about NaturalCycles vs. Ladycomp

    Ladycomp gave me GREEN on ovulation day the first time, and the 2nd time it gave me GREEN very close to ovulation when it should have still been RED.

    • Elise May, CN + LE 4 February, 2015 at 9:16 PM Reply

      Hello Amanda, thank you for sharing. I have personally not had this experience, it’s been dead on for all my ovulation days – I use an app to back it up. NaturalCycles seems similar in modality and cost, but does not have clinical trials on their website. For that reason, I would still support the Lady Comp but there are a lot of options and everyone should choose what they think works best for them :)

  3. Amanda Witmer 5 February, 2015 at 1:15 PM Reply

    They do have a clinical trial just published in the Journal of Contraception and Reproduction.

    I agree everyone needs to choose what is best for them. I just had a bad experience with Ladycomp so we do not feel we can trust it any longer. The first time it gave me green on ovulation day I got a fleeting positive pregnancy test, and I may have had a chemical pregnancy?

    Did you know that Valley Electronics has an app and a thermometer that plugs into the iphone , using the same algorithm as Ladycomp and Babycomp? It is called Daysy Daysy is the new generation Ladycomp :)

  4. Petra 9 February, 2015 at 12:12 AM Reply

    Dear Amanda Witmer,

    you claim to have had green on ovulation with Lady-Comp. Have you had a cycle analysis done to figure out the underlying reason for that?

    Even though Lady-Comp, like all contraceptive methods, does make mistakes a false green is still rather rare. I my 10 years experience with Lady-Comp as a fertility expert and analyzing around 500 cycles per year, all pregnancies on green I have analyzed where due to massive hormonal imbalances or to users mistakes e.g. taking temperatures during times of illness or after an extreme shock. I would like to see how Natural Methods deals with such oddities.

    Petra Schenke
    fertility advisor
    Lady-Comp France

    • Amanda Witmer 19 February, 2015 at 1:34 PM Reply


      I can share my cycles with you that I had false greens. Can you share your email so I may send you links/pictures of my charts?

      Thank you

      Amanda Witmer

  5. vio 13 February, 2015 at 6:34 AM Reply

    Hi girls, I’m french and saw this article which is very rare in France, the LAdy isn’t famous in France, there is a lobby for the pill and others contraceptives..I’m glad to see people talking about the Lady so friendly, cause I have it since 3 years and I must say I’m very satisfied! I use to try the billings method but it wasn’t easy for me,so when I discovered the Lady I knew it will make my life easier! I recommended this device for girls like me who don’t want to take hormones or things who damage the health.

  6. Lacy 28 February, 2015 at 3:31 AM Reply

    This comes in handy for women experiencing the effects of family planning methods, and even to those not affected really, but looking for the safest methods ever. What a relief!

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