LadyComp: Natural Birth Control?

on Jan 13, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

The creators of LadyComp say they their product can accurately tell you when you are most likely to conceive and when you can safely have unprotected sex just by taking your temperature and recording your mensturation days.

The method is based on three medical points:
1) Women only ovulate once each cycle (except in rare cases)
2) After Ovulation the egg retains capacity for fertilization for only 18 hours
3) After Sex, sperm can only retain ability to move and fertilize for 96 hours

Therefore they claim it is only possible for a women to become pregnant on 6 days out of 28.

Basically the little computer thermometer tells you if it's safe for you to have unprotected sex or not without getting pregnant.

Green = infertile
Red = fertile
Yellow = maybe

It's on Amazon for $482.00.
What do you guys think reliable or not?

Check out their website:

10 Replies

who knows on Jan 13, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

I wouldn't trust it myself.

ya on Jan 13, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

My friend told me about this thing about a while ago and I couldnt remember what it was called, I was so surprised that anyone would want to test out something like this. It's feels risky enough trusting in a tiny pill everyday

Not worth the money on Jan 13, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

They are trying to sell you a "product" for $500 when you can accomplish the same thing yourself with a $10 digital thermometer and a home printer. Their "product" is basically charting your basal body temperature (BBT) and telling you when your body temp spikes (which happens when you ovulate). There are tons of information online on this topic and the information is free. Many of these websites also offers a free chart you can print out at home to record your temperature.

When I was trying to get pregnant, I charted my BBT to learn more about my body. It helps to know whether your cycle is regular, when you ovulate and how long your cycle is. I kept my digital thermometer by my bed and I took my temperature everything morning as soon as I wake up, before I get out of bed. I recorded the numbers on the free charts I downloaded online. The temperature spike is very small, therefore you need a digital thermometer to get an accurate reading. I also bought very cheap ovulation pee-sticks from baby stores (cheaper than buying them from drug stores) to confirm ovulation dates.

You can also use this method to avoid getting pregnant. This is called the Rhythm Method (for Natural Family Planning). I personally would not rely on this form of contraception alone. The consequence of a "mistake" is too severe.

So yes, the company's claims are true (scientific facts)...but it's definitely not worth $500.

agreed, this is not worth it on Jan 14, 2011 @ 07:21 am

I used an ovulation "computer" thingy a few years back when I was trying to get pregnant. Out of the 10 or so months I used it, it only detected my ovulation once, and even then, the instructions on the packet said the tool was to help you learn your cycle so that you could avoid unprotected sex before ovulation occurs (because sperm can live up to 96 hours (4 days). So while this in theory was an interesting tool to know when you should have sex to conceive, I don't think it would have helped me prevent conception.

Granted, that was a number of years ago and technology has improved. But $500? I don't think it's worth it.

I have relatives in Europe who only use rhythm because they're not huge on the Pill or IUDs. WebMD says that rhythm is effective about 75-87% of the time, which I feel is true based on my relatives' success rate.

I'm all for non-chemical/non-invasive birth control, but if it's really not the right time for a woman to start a family, she should rely on something with a better track record. And importantly, this offers zero protection against STIs (obviously).

Ali de Bold
Agree with BB on Jan 14, 2011 @ 08:42 am

That's way too much to tell you information you can figure out for a lot less. My friend has all of this down to an art and it's more than checking your body temperature. There are other symptoms when you can conceive such as your fluids. I'll have to find out more info from her and post the tips here.

I feel so much more informed on Jan 14, 2011 @ 09:04 am

Wow, I love being surrounded by such educated women! Thanks for all of the extra information ladies.

I disagree! on Jan 17, 2011 @ 10:10 am

Yes, $482 seems like a lot of money, but the device really does pay for itself. I started using my LadyComp just after I got married. Not only did it help me prevent pregnancy, but it also helped me get pregnant when my husband and I were ready!
I know there are charts that you can use, but you have to really understand what's going on and be really good about remembering to take your temp at the same time EVERY day (which I knew I would not be disciplined enough to do!) Many of them also require you to examine cervical mucous.
I use my LC as my alarm clock so I know I'll take my temp every morning. And on weekends I can set the alarm a little later because there is a time window of up to 3 hours later than my normal wake up time. I've been using my LC for over 7 years and have never had a problem.
If you read the studies on the LadyComp it has an effectiveness rate of 99.3% (some go as high as 99.6%). This is just as effective as most hormonal contraceptives. It really is as simple as Wakeup, measure, done. No fumbling for pens and charts, or trying to read the little graphs. LC does it all for you. It learns your cycle and compares it to the statistics of thousands of others to give you the best prediction of whether you are fertile or not.


Thanks For The Review on Jan 17, 2011 @ 11:12 am

tsmom - What made you choose this product over other methods of birth control?

Interesting Feedback on Jan 17, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

I'm so glad you did an article on this Lauren! I am actually really surprised at how many women knew about this already! And it's also really interesting to hear what people say, you've got both sides of the table at your disposal. Good work :)

$20 method... on Mar 05, 2011 @ 10:11 am

My naturopath recommended a wonderful book that educated me on my own body and how to know when I was likely to conceive. It’s called Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler I felt embarrassed as I read it because I realized how little I knew about my own body and the amazing signals it provides throughout my cycle. If you track the following signs, you'll have a pretty good sense of where you're at:

- body temperature
- consistency of cervical fluid
- positioning of the cervix


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