The Latest News, Reviews and Articles from the EthicalFamilyPlanning Blog

So you've found our blog, great! We're working hard to keep it updated, relevant and interesting for you, don't be scared to pop us an email with any feedback or to "like" it, "Plus 1" it or share it. Spread the word and get people educated :)

 

To see the full blog with all of our previous posts click here.

 

Our Most Recent Articles.....
  1. Unnaturally Absorbent Sanitary Products Are Harming Our Bodies

    20.11.2014 09:11

    You know those commercials that shows a women pouring a blue liquid onto a sanitary pad demonstrating just how much it can absorb? Sure, concocting some sort of man-made super absorbent material seems beneficial, but what exactly goes into that material? And what is it doing to our bodies?

    If you’ve started taking steps to detox your life and make holistic living a priority, its time to take a look at your feminine hygiene products. Pads and tampons are probably one of the biggest offenders, and considering we use them for so much of our lifetime, making a small change in how you manage your period will make a huge difference to your body and the world.

    To read more about the toxins in pads and tampons, click here http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/05/22/feminine-hygiene-products.aspx

  2. Beyond the LadyComp: Comparing Contraceptive Montiors

    06.07.2014 18:07

    How Contraceptive Monitors Make Your Birth Control Effortless

    Although most people are unaware of the fact, fertilization and conception can only occur during the 12 to 24 hours a women is ovulation. Add to that the five days sperm can 'wait around' inside the uterus for an egg to be released, and you have a short number of days, often called 'the fertility window,' during which sex can lead to pregnancy. Avoid sex or use a different method of contraption during the fertility window and you have simple, natural birth control.
    What stops more people from using this method? A big factor is effort. Although studies have shown tracking your cycle can be an extremely reliable method of birth control, the process of getting to know the biological mechanisms taking place with in your body — and then charting and graphing them — seems way too overwhelming.
    This is where contraceptive monitors come in. Simply stated, they make natural birth control virtually effortless.


    Persona: Introducing Test Stick Dependency

    Persona reviews and comparisonsThe Persona monitor was the first mainstream contraceptive monitor to rely on disposable urine test sticks to determine hormone levels. Hormones levels in urine rise and fall indicating impending ovulation and when ovulation has passed. When the urine sample stick is inserted into the device, your fertility status is displayed with a green or red light.
    Sixteen test sticks are used during the first ‘learning’ cycle', then about eight sticks are used across eight days in future cycles. The number of test sticks necessary may vary if there is a significant variance in ovulation dates, or if ovulation is not identified. Persona is said to have a 94% contraceptive reliability or a Pearl Index of six.
    The Persona Brand is actually owned by THE mega pharmaceutical company Procter and Gamble. They, of course, are looking to bring in big money, so while the persona contraceptive monitor itself is quite inexpensive, there is a catch. The continuous investment into test strips, like ink cartridges for an ink jet printer, steadily increase the actual amount you spend on the device.
    Cost: £65 for the device. £14 a month for test sticks. First 2 year cost: £401


    Clearblue: The Upgraded Test Stick Monitor

    Clearblue contraceptive reviews and comparisonsThe Clearblue contraceptive monitor is basically the good old Persona in a new shiny box with a very cool looking touch screen interface. It uses the same Persona test urine test sticks, has the same quoted 94% reliability, and even lights up with the Persona logo when it is turned on.
    In some countries, Clearblue is marketed as a fertility testing device to aid conception, and in others it is marketed as a contraceptive device. The same technology is used for both purposes.
    This contraceptive device uses 2 x AA batteries which we are told last for only 4-6 cycles due to having to power the touch screen, so the cost of that should be factored in to the over all expense of the computer
    Cost: £99 for the device. £20 a month for test sticks (based on £40 for 20 sticks). First 2 year cost: £579 plus batteries




    The Old and New Lady-Comp a.k.a Baby-Comp

    ladycomp and babycomp reviews and comparisonsThe Lady-Comp a temperature only contraceptive monitor. It has been around for about 25 years and uses BBT readings to identify ovulation. BBT is taken with the integrated thermometer, and fertile and non fertile days are calculated and displayed with red, green and yellow lights.
    Readings are required every day and no extra fertility indicators can be inputted. Its bright orange LED display can be seen in the dark, although this drains a lot of power and a monthly charge is necessary.
    A new Lady-Comp has been launched, also referred to as the Next Generation Lady-Comp. We haven’t managed to get hold of a device yet but we know it uses AAA batteries, therefore avoiding the need for the old charger and the hassle of changing adapters during international travel. It also now allows data to be transferred to a computer as opposed to the old version where you needed to send the monitor in to receive a print out back in the mail. The 99.3% quoted reliability suggests that the internals of the Lady-Comp have not changed, but the user interface has been upgraded.
    Cost: £425 for the old Lady-Comp. First 2 year cost: £425 plus batteries.


    The Pearly: Cute and basic

    cyclotest reviews and comparisonsPearly, is also produced by Valley Electronics, is touted as the mobile and economical version of the Lady-Comp. It is defiantly smaller and cuter than the original Lady-Comp which is quite cumbersome. The overall cost of the pearly is still relatively high for this limited type of device.
    The Pearly is a temperature only device, it requires daily BBT readings throughout the cycle, and does not allow for any other indicators to be imputed. It is quoted as having the same effectiveness as the Lady-Comp, but can store less data and can't be downloaded without mailing it in.
    With the Next-Generation-LadyComp being launched we will have to see if the pearly continues to be offered.
    An internal battery lasts for 2 years which can be sent in for exchanging with a small cost.
    Cost: £290. First 2 year cost: £290


    Cyclotest: Effective, Affordable, Versatile.

    cyclotest reviews and comparisons Were not going to hide the fact that Cyclotest is our favorite contraceptive monitor. Here's a breakdown of why.
    Sign up for an NFP course and they will teach you how to assess your fertility using the Symptothermal Method. Modern medical professionals insist that using just hormone tests or just temperature charts is not as reliable as using more then one fertility indicator. The Symptothermal Method, which uses both BBT alongside other indicators, is the future of NFP. Cyclotest is the only monitor on the market that allows, yet does not require, the to user to input cervical mucus observations and LH test results. This small yet significant difference blows all the other monitors out of the water.
    Apart from increasing accuracy, using another indicator is important if your sleep is disturbed resulting in a unreliable BBT reading. This is especially critical around around the time of ovulation when an inaccurate temperature reading could alter you projected fertility window.
    Cyclotest is also noteworthy because of the simple fact that it is affordable. Many contraceptive monitors come with an astronomical price tag, putting natural contraception out of the reach of the average consumer. Cyclotest is reasonably priced, and even better, it does not require test strips — so the low price remains low.
    The low price however does not affect the functionality of the monitor. It is 99% reliable, and the charts it produces can be downloaded via USB. It has a flexible and highly accurate thermometer and was awarded best fertility monitor by the German version of Which? magazine.
    Cost,: £149. £29 for the optional download software. First 2 year cost: £149


    Bioself: Retired With Honors

    cyclotest reviews and comparisonsBioself was a very 1970s looking brown-beige device that was actually a pioneer in contraceptive monitors. It used the very sound Symptothermal method of charting fertility, had a quoted 99% reliability and included an built in thermometer.
    The downloaded charts were available via snail mail. Bioself was even FDA approved, but sadly it never really took off in and production was stopped.
    The company ceased activities in mid 2013, although may still provide warranty support.



  3. 5 Reasons To Choose FemCap

    29.06.2014 21:06



    1. Enjoy more pleasurable sex. The pill can effect sex drive and condoms break the intimacy of skin-to-skin sex. FemCap lets you have sex the way it was meant to be!

    2. Does not interrupt spontaneity. FemCap is easy to use and can be inserted hours before intercourse. No fumbling with a condom and breaking the flow of the moment.

    3. Environmentally Friendly. The reusable FemCap is made from a non-allergenic latex-free material. Good for you. Good for the world.
    FemCap Cervical Cap For Barrier Contraception

    4. Stay Balanced. You don't want to be on medication for the greater part of your fertile life. Its just not natural. Femcap allows your fertility and menstrual cycle to fluctuate organically, without altering your internal balance. This also means that you can enjoy reliable hormone-free contraception while breastfeeding.

    5. Simple Sizing. FemCap eliminates the problem of finding a doctor to fit your barrier contraceptive. The size you need is simply determined by your obstetrical history, so you can order your FemCap online today!

  4. Low Dose Hormones Are Safer... Right? (The Surprising Truth)

    08.06.2014 20:06

    "Releases a continuous low dose... of hormones to help  prevent pregnancy." Sound familiar from your birth control research? This is the claim to fame of Nuva Ring, and if your like any of us, the promise of "low dose hormones" comes as a relief.

    When we stop and think about it, none of us actually want synthetic hormones in our systems. Heck —we don't even want hormones in dairy cows, let alone directly into our bodies. The low dose claim is one of the reasons vaginal rings have catapulted to the number one prescription birth control on the market today. But what is going on underneath the slick marketing and pharmaceutical push?

    Nuva Ring uses what are called 'Third Generation' hormones. Very little research has been conducted on third generation hormones, but the studies that have been done revel a disturbing trend. The risk of blood clots may be as high as 50% more likely to occur in women using this form of birth control. Additionally, women may experience unexplained spikes in estrogen, but occurrence and ramifications are being pushed under the carpet by the pharmaceutical companies.

    In its April newsletter Worst Pills Best Pills Ranked Nuva Ring as a 'Do Not Use' product. And heartbroken family members of women who died of heart failure at shockingly young ages are rallying to make consumers more aware of potential health risks. Why should women have to compromise their health, and even more their lives, for adequate birth control? Read more on the truth about Nuva Ring here.

    So what options are there for safe and effective birth control? Believe it or not, all women have a built in birth control rhythm. For almost three out of four weeks of the month, conception is simply biologically impossible. A viable egg is only available for sperm to fertilize for a short window of time, during ovulation, before and after which impregnation is impossible.

    Understanding your unique fertility window is simple  thanks to fertility monitors like Cyclotest 2 Plus. The most accurate way of assessing ovulation is tracking your Basel Body Temperature. Cyclotest 2 Plus, has a built in thermometer and automatically generates a fertility graph based off of your temperature taking. Its easy and affordable! Click here to learn more about Cyclotest 2 Plus.

    There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to relying on understanding the your natural fertility rhythm. But imagine this: if women were empowered to connect with their bodies, instead of viewing them as a problem that needs to be medicated away, a revolution in women's health could occur. We could create a culture of holistic contraception, with safe, natural birth control. It starts now.

    Check out ethicalfamilyplanning.com for more on safe natural birth control options.



  5. Why Chlmydia Testing Is Important

    01.06.2014 20:06

    Understanding Chlamydia

    STDs and birth control

    Chlamydia - The Hidden Scourge

    Many women suffer from from an infection called chlamydia, but because it is very difficult to detect early, and it can incubate for many years without presenting symptoms, the majority don't even know thye have it.
    Young women are particularly susceptible, because the immune system of their not sexual organs can not fight the infection. According to a study conducted in Berlin, between 10 and 20% of 17-year-old girls are infected.

    How Chlamydia Is Contracted

    Chlamydia is often contracted through unprotected sexual intercourse. However, infected hands can transmit the bacteria. Conjunctivitis can therefore be a symptom of chlamydia resulting from the bacteria entering the eye.

    The Risk Of Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    Someone suffering from chlamydia (perhaps even without knowing it) is exposed to a greater risk of contracting other STDs. The infection weakens the mucous membranes, thereby increasing susceptibility to other sexually transmitted diseases.

    Chlamydia Symptoms

    Where a chlamydia infection presents its symptoms, these are often pronounced. However, the symptoms coincide with those of other diseases.
    • Vomiting and nausea, together with a vaginal infection
    • Contact bleeding during sex
    • Thick yellow discharge (increasingly)
    • If the cervix is affected: increased or unusual discharge
    • Pain in the lower abdomen (from mild to severe)
    • Pain when passing water
    • Increased urge to pass water
    • Irregular menstruation

    Risk Of Inflammation Of the Ovaries

    Chlamydia infections often cause inflammation of the ovaries.
    A Swedish study shows that with each inflammation the risk of infertility increases drastically. The risk is 15% with the first inflammation and 50% with the third inflammation.

    The Risk Of Chlamydia Is Increased By ...

    • Heavy smoking
    • Malnutrition
    • Hormone disorders caused by eating problems

    Chlamydia Test For Both Partners

    Treating chlamydia with antibiotics is usually successful and does not give rise to any complications. Damage from inflamed ovaries that has already been incurred, however, cannot be rectified. If you have chlamydia, your partner must also be tested for it. Otherwise, after a successful treatment with antibiotics, you run the risk of being infected again.

    Cyclotest chlamydia detect possible chlamydia infections. Many people don't experience symptoms when they are infected with Chlamydia, making it very difficult to diagnose the infection. The long term consequences of Chlamydia are serious and include infertility, and it is therefore it is extremely important to test yourself regularly.