Alright Olivia… have you gone off the deep end this time? A German computer tells you when to have sex?!
Dearest bloggy friends, I can assure you that I’m not crazy.
Well, no. I can’t do that. I’m kind of nuts (but that’s why you read my rambles, right?) But this little German computer has absolutely flipped my world around and I’ll tell you why.
Birth control pills: don’t do it!
The U.N.’s Cancer Research Agency re-classified hormonal contraceptives as carcinogenic to humans in 2005. Synthetic estrogen has been linked to cancer, as have other synthetic hormones. Dr. Samuel Epstein, world leader in cancer research has warned that the pill is “the largest unregulated human trial that’s ever been conducted.” In ‘The Breast Cancer Prevention Program,’ Epstein says, “more than 20 well-controlled studies have demonstrated the clear risk of premenopausal breast cancer with the use of oral contraceptives. These estimates indicate that a young woman who uses oral contraceptives has up to ten times the risk for developing breast cancer as does a non-user, particularly if she uses the Pill during her teens or early twenties; if she uses the Pill for two years or more; if she uses the Pill before her first full-term pregnancy; if she has a family history of breast cancer.”
After the horrifying experience I had with birth control, I knew it was full of toxic, synthetic hormones that my body did not like. Although I was on the lowest estrogen dose possible, it harmed my gut bacteria so severely that my immune system basically shut down. That’s what birth control does – it causes gut dysbiosis and ruins the beneficial flora that your stomach and brain need to function. My body started attacking itself and I developed erythema nodosum, an autoimmune inflammatory condition. Do you know how many of my friends now have PCOS or don’t even get a period due to using the pill? It’s risky to say the least. My friend Ricki Lake is currently working on a documentary film exploring the dangers, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, you can read more about my experience and research here.
After that fiasco I was left with two options:
a) The copper IUD – No thank you. Copper toxicity is inevitable. You are not supposed to put heavy metals in your body, period. I don’t like putting devices in there, either.
b) Condoms – Yes, they work, but who really enjoys using them? The barrier definitely changes the energy and intimacy of sex.
I was pretty much doomed and stuck with option B until I found a small device called “Daysy” that tells me when it’s okay to have unprotected sex – and it’s JUST as effective as the pill (without the side effects and long term cancer risk!). Every morning, as soon as my alarm goes off (before I take a sip of water or flip the covers off to stretch) I press a button and put Daysy’s thermometer under my tongue. In 30 seconds, Daysy has taken an insanely accurate reading of my basal body temperature (BBT) and gives me either a green, yellow, or red light.
What is a Daysy?
Daysy is a small machine that functions as a natural, hormonal free birth control. It’s a thermometer and a computer all in one. As I mentioned, it gives you either a green, yellow, or red light to tell you whether you’re fertile or not. You can sync it to your phone and see your entire cycle and data in a sleek, simple app!
A green light means: “You’re in the clear! It’s okay to have unprotected sex – there is no chance of getting pregnant.”
A yellow light means: “I’m still getting to know your cycle – use backup protection to be safe.” The light was yellow every day for the first month while Daysy learned my cycle. It will also turn yellow if you forget to take your temperature for a few days.
A red light means: “Girl, don’t you even dare! Call in back up.”
– A red blinking light is the exact day of your ovulation.
Wait… you can use your body temperature and that’s it?!
YES! You were given a body because you have the capability to understand it and work with it. One of the most valuable things you can do is empower yourself by understanding and connecting with your menstrual cycle. Modern society has disconnected us from our natural patterns and instincts, and has made us feel as though we can’t trust our own bodies.
Does it actually work?
Yes again! Lily has been telling me about the temperature method for months. She’s a huge fan of living by the clues your body gives you. She told me to track my BBT every day and make a note of when it’s raised to understand my ovulation. Now don’t get me wrong… I’m pretty good at math (thanks Uncle Marty) but I can’t afford to miscalculate one morning and end up with an Organic Olivia junior. One of me is enough for now!
Daysy goes well beyond the classic “rhythm method” to achieve a level of accuracy that exceeds that of a hormonal pill. The makers evaluated more than 700,000 womens’ cycles in order to come up with an algorithm that has a Pearl Index of 0.7 (99.3% accuracy!)
The “Pearl Index” is what the effectiveness of all birth control methods is based on.
As an example, lets say that 100 women use a certain birth control perfectly for one full year. During that time there is one unintended pregnancy. The Pearl Index for that birth control would then be 1.0. The pill has a PI between 1-0.9 and diaphragms have a Pearl Index of 1-3. The lower the number the better, so Daysy wins here!
Things to Remember About Daysy:
Undisciplined users may not be the best fit for this product. You have to use Daysy correctly and diligently.
1) You have to take your temperature each morning within the same three-hour window. For me, this isn’t difficult. On school days I wake up at 8:45 and on weekends I rise around 10:45. If your sleep schedule is more erratic you’ll have to at least make sure to set an alarm, take your temperature at your normal wake up time, and go back to sleep.
2) You have to make sure you take your temperature before you get out of bed. If you’re a person that wakes up abruptly to run and pee, or someone who flies out of bed in the morning because you always miss your alarm, you’ll need to work on being conscious upon awakening. If you do get up by accident, this is considered ‘activity’ and can effect your BBT giving you an inaccurate reading. I put Daysy directly on top of my phone so that I never forget to take my temperature before getting up. I set both my alarm and my Daysy app to beep at the same time.
3) Daysy does not alter your cycle like BC pills. It lets your body do it’s thing… and ‘it’s thing’ includes ovulating with 6-10 fertile days a month. Sex cannot be a thoughtless activity; you have to listen to the green and red lights that Daysy gives you. On red days you have to either abstain from sex or use condoms.
I. LOVE. THIS. THING. I feel free and in control. No more guessing… no more worrying… and I’m no longer confined to condoms as my only birth control method. This is truly a gift to all women, and my partner ends up benefiting in the process. He is more in tune with my body and we kind of feel like we know about this magical secret where we’ve beat the system. In reality, all we’ve done is become in tune with nature and my body’s womanly rhythms. The best part is that I feel like I know and trust my cycle. I have a new-found sense of confidence.
Although I’m a little scatterbrained, I have remembered to take my temperature almost every single morning because I place Daysy right on top of my alarm and set the app to ring too. It’s become second nature! Working with this device has truly been a pleasure and is the most practical, effective method I’ve found for birth control in my years of searching.
It’s not a cheap device, with a price tag of about $385, but this is an investment in both my health and peace of mind. It’s worth it because it’s completely reliable, incredibly easy, and way ahead of its time in terms of sophistication. The fact that 30 seconds each morning protects me from an unwanted pregnancy is priceless in my book. My friends who use birth control pay a co-pay of $30 per month. That’s $360 every year. The average life cycle of Daysy is TEN years, and it comes with a warranty. The customer service has been amazing.
Where to Buy
You can order Daysy directly from their website, which also gives a fun, interactive explanation of how it works. Let me know if you have any questions and I would love to help out, since this little device has given me a huge sense of freedom that I want every woman to experience.