Think about it. Have you ever considered the risks associated with hormonal birth control? If you’re anything like me, your first search for a long-term contraceptive didn’t expand on options outside of the pill, let alone an explanation on how artificial hormones can affect your body.
While doctors often suggest hormonal methods to help regulate your period and other body functions, often times women have trouble finding a method that doesn’t give them any unwanted side effects. Hormonal contraceptives may be a short-term solution to hormonal imbalance, but can cause a variety of problems later in life.
Why Not Hormones?
Hormonal contraception is like a band-aid. It only masks the root causes of hormonal imbalances without addressing them. If you’ve noticed you have irregular periods, inexplainable weight gain/loss, mood swings, headaches, etc. it could be due to the hormones in your birth control method as well as the hormonal imbalance already affecting your body. Whether or not you’re taking a hormonal method for imbalance, there are a number of reasons why it’s safer to go without.
- A woman who takes the Pill for two years before she’s 25 and before she’s had a pregnancy to term increases her risk of breast cancer tenfold.
- Women who use low-dose oral contraceptive pills have a two-fold increased risk of a fatal heart attack compared to non-users.
- Because of blocked hormone production, women who take the Pill have decreased sensitivity to smell. Because sexual interest is communicated through smell, the Pill may decrease women’s sex drives.
- Hormonal birth control acts like an antibiotic and can destroy your gut’s essential microbiome. A healthy microbiome is essential physical and psychological health.
Read more about the potential risks of hormonal birth control in this post from Wellness Mama.
Artificial hormones aren’t only present in the pill, but also in IUDs, vaginal rings, implants, and the patch. It may seem that there are no nonhormonal options available. However, fertility awareness may be one method you haven’t yet heard about.
Why I Use Daysy
Whether or not you’re looking for a non-hormonal contraceptive method for medical reasons, there are several options available to you. Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) are natural ways to preventing pregnancy based on the body’s natural hormonal cues.
Fertility Monitors like Daysy are popular fertility awareness methods that help give you control back over your hormones and your body.
Our founder, Hanna, has been using Daysy for the past two years and wants to share her experience with it.
I first found out about FAM while reading a blog post on Wellness Mama in 2014. I had been on birth control pills for over 7 years and didn’t really know who I was without them. I started using the pill in college because of heavy periods and mind numbing cramps, think 5+ tampons a day and having to change my pants every time I got my period.
The pill and I became best friends. I didn’t have to worry about heavy periods, cramps, or acne anymore. Once I got married in 2013, the topic of birth control came up. We knew we wanted children, but didn’t know if the pill was the right answer, especially since my body wasn’t reacting well anymore. The mood swings were bad, my libido was at an all time low, and I just felt irritable all the time. It was definitely not how I wanted to spend my first year of marriage.
My husband and I talked about alternative methods of birth control. I knew I was done with hormones, but we wanted something that was effective and easy–cue Daysy. I’m not quite sure how I came across Daysy, must have been through a blog post, but I was immediately interested. If you read our last post, you know that Daysy is a fertility calculator that uses your basal body temperature to track and record your menstrual cycle. It is 99.3% effective when used correctly, which is even higher than the pill!
The price may seem steep at $330, but it’s a one time purchase. Once I convinced my husband it was worth trying, we bought Daysy and I’ve been using it ever since. It’s so easy to use and ridiculously accurate. You know exactly when you ovulate or get your period. It felt empowering being in tune with my body for the first time in my life.
I often get asked how many green lights you get in a month. For those of you who don’t know, Daysy shows three lights to indicate where you are at in your cycle. Green= infertile, red= fertile, yellow= cycle fluctuation. During those red and yellow days, it is best to use a barrier method such as condoms unless you are trying to get pregnant. When Daysy shows a green light, you don’t have to use an alternative method and can have unprotected sex without getting pregnant.
Daysy’s lights are completely based on your cycle and hormone health. If your cycle is regular and you don’t have any hormonal imbalances (aka estrogen dominance), then you should have about 23 days of green light, 6 days of red, and possibly 1-2 days of yellow. However, if you switch to Daysy from a hormone based birth control, your cycle will be irregular for several months and you’ll have less green days.
When I got off the pill, my body went into complete havoc. I was bloated and started breaking out like a teenager. It took me months to realize it was a hormone imbalance, but once I knew what the culprit was, I started eating for my cycle. I’ve talked about Womancode before, but that book changed my life. It helped balance my hormones and get more green days with Daysy.
I honestly recommend Daysy to every woman I meet because I know firsthand how hormone based birth controls can really mess with your health and well-being.