Birth Control Via Computer

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 2 2011 @ 8:21pm

by Zoë Pollock

Justine Garrett swears by the Lady-Comp:

I let a German computer tell me when to have sex. Before I do anything in the morning — drink water, get out of bed — I take my temperature with Lady-Comp, a discus-shaped, German-made, mini-computer that tells me when I’m fertile. I put its temperature-taking wand under my tongue, push a button, and wait for about 30 seconds. When Lady-Comp is finished, it beeps, tells me my basal body temperature (BBT), and gives me a green, yellow, or red light to indicate whether or not I'm fertile. Green means: "Go on! Have sex! You won't get pregnant. I promise." Yellow means Lady-Comp is learning my cycle and is unsure if it's safe to proceed. (I get more yellow lights when I've forgotten to take my temperature sometime within the preceding days. Lady-Comp is cautious — demure even.) Red light days mean that I'm fertile. (Yes, I often sing to myself, "Laaady-Comp. You don't have to put on the red light.")