I’m excited to check back in with everyone on Cycledork about my three-month trial using Daysy. For a quick recap, Daysy is a fertility monitor that you can use to prevent or achieve pregnancy. You use it like a regular basal body temperature thermometer (you take your temperature with it first thing upon waking), and you also enter in when you are menstruating. Daysy uses this data to calculate when you are fertile, and alerts you to your fertility status with a color-coded light- red for fertile, green for infertile, and yellow for learning/fluctuation. If you haven’t already you’ll want to check out part 1 of my review to learn more about Daysy and my first impressions of this device.
In these first three months of using Daysy I got a lot of yellow days (which meant that Daysy was trying to figure me out) and I wasn’t at all surprised about this. In addition to the fact that the manual and website say to expect many yellow days in the beginning, I wondered if Daysy might have some challenges in learning my cycle. I tend to have cycles that lean toward the long side of “average” (around 33-35 days or sometimes longer), and I breastfeed my son on a somewhat inconsistent basis. When I go several days nursing my son only twice a day but then go several days where he nurses six times and then some at night, I often see a delay in my ovulation (according to my cervical fluid observations anyway).
I was so pleased when I got my first green days because it meant that Daysy was really learning my cycles! I decided to set up DaysyView on my phone (this is the Daysy app available from the Apple App store) so that I could transfer over Daysy’s data and look at what it was recording over time. I assumed that it would be a long time before I saw any kind of pattern, so I was surprised when this didn’t turn out to be the case. As I monitored the data I began to see a vague pattern emerging that became clearer as the months went by. Sure there were still a few days that seemed to not follow the pattern and there were definitely a couple of days when I forgot to take my temperature, but overall I saw what I expected to see. And I was super excited to see that my estimations about when I was ovulating based on cervical fluid matched my fertile days according to Daysy!
As I mentioned in part 1 of my review I’m not generally interested in new technological devices. The “newest thing” is generally about making money by selling people technologies that they don’t need. After reading about Daysy and then trying it myself, I can honestly say that in my opinion Daysy is different. Daysy is designed to empower the consumers (women) by helping them to understand their own bodies and their own power. I like Daysy because it can be used to meet women’s needs on an individual level. You can start using Daysy without any previous experience with fertility awareness, or you can use it as a supplemental tool if you’ve already been using FAM for years. Daysy is designed to work with your unique body and cycle, it’s not a “one size fits all” approach in the way that pharmaceutical birth control methods are. And unlike most other forms of birth control, Daysy has absolutely no side effects.
Daysy is also different from hormonal birth control because an awareness of your body is part of the process. A supposed advantage of birth control methods such as the IUD is that you can have it inserted and then not have to ever think about your birth control. But as women our fertility and our cycles are a part of our overall health, and remaining conscious of and connected to these processes allows us to be more in tune with what our bodies need. Daysy not only keeps you connected to what your body is doing on a daily basis, it can introduce you to a whole new world of how fertility works if all of this information is new to you. And unfortunately many women do not have this information. I had been menstruating for over ten years before I learned anything about when I’m actually fertile. This should be information that every girl and woman has access to, and it should certainly be information that all women have as they are considering which method(s) they will use to prevent pregnancy.
Daysy is certainly an innovative form of technology (I mean it’s a chic and slim little computer!), but it’s also innovative in how it changes the conversation around birth control. This is a method that puts the woman in control of her contraception-she doesn’t have to rely on a doctor to prescribe pills, or insert (or remove) a device. Daysy does not cause a woman’s cycle to shut down, rather it relies on her having a healthy cycle in order to help her prevent pregnancy. And if she does want to become pregnant at some point, Daysy can help her there too. With its dual ability to help a woman prevent or achieve pregnancy, Daysy is truly a holistic tool that works with the rhythms of the female body, reflecting that there is value in every stage of women’s lives.
[Editor’s Note: Brigid received Daysy for free to try. Her review is completely honest and unbiased.]
Brigid Taylor is a women’s healing arts teacher, childbirth educator, and the creator of Taweret’s Wisdom, a business dedicated to helping women reclaim their power and live their best lives. Read her full bio here.