We are excited to introduce you to Kimberly Oster, President of Naturally For He
r. Here Kimberly tells the story that led her to found this company focused on natural fertility and sexual health. She is also available all week to answer questions on natural, hormone-free birth control methods, trying to get pregnant naturally, and tracking fertility.
Discovering Natural Fertility Awareness
by Kimberly Oster
Like most women of my generation, the moment I became sexually active my physician recommended ‘the pill’ as the most effective means of birth control. As he scribbled out my first prescription for Tri-Levlen (the most popular formula at the time) there was no discussion as to whether or not the method would be appropriate for my body’s chemistry or medical history, nor mention of myriad side-effects that I might experience. It was simply approached as a given that I, like everyone else, should take the pill if I didn’t want to get pregnant and all would be well. I can recall as if it was yesterday, how overjoyed I was to join ranks with millions of other chemically liberated women to enjoy the promise of freedom from unwanted pregnancy. All most definitely would be well. I couldn’t get to the pharmacy quick enough.
As it always does, time revealed all…and all was not necessarily well. After several years of bouncing from one “new and advanced” formula to another, from pills to hormone-laden vaginal rings, the initial months would be fine, but then the side-effects became progressively and increasingly debilitating. There were days, especially during my period, that simply getting out of bed and driving to work was nearly an impossible feat, the pain was so punishing. My doctor attributed this to my age, not the pill. In response, I exercised more and improved my diet. The frequent bouts of depression and razor sharp mood swings were another matter – I felt alienated from my body and out of control. This side-effect was attributed to “stress” prompting me to schedule more yoga classes, take up meditation and spend many a night soaking in my lavender infused tub. Never once did any physician ever suggest that hormone-based birth control could be source of my suffering. I find this phenomenon of silence rather telling, considering I live in Los Angeles and have seen some of the most respected OB/GYN’s in the country. This seemingly immutable meme – “Better Living through Chemistry.”
In addition to the aforementioned side-effects, when I began experiencing full-blown anxiety attacks, recurring respiratory infections, severe legs pains, and flagging libido the signs were too obvious and too frightening to ignore. Hopeful trust was no longer an option. I believe, in the nick of time, I finally took responsibility for my body and did the research, which likely saved my life. My husband (my angel) jumped in to do his research too and discovered an advanced tool that 99.3% accurately and efficiently supports Natural Fertility Awareness/ NPF – The Lady-Comp. Having adopted this natural and easy approach to family planning three years ago, I have never in my adult life felt healthier, safer or more attuned to my body. I have friends who didn’t act as quickly and suffered strokes and liver tumors from birth control pills. The risks and repercussions are much more common than we are led to believe, and we all wish that someone would have told us that a reliable, safe and grounding alternative existed.
I feel immense gratitude for having made a paradigm shift to which so few American women are exposed. In gratitude, we have launched the ‘beta’ website of Naturally for Her
, the U.S.-based Distributor for the Lady-Comp
and other high-quality natural, organic and hormone-free fertility and sexual health products. In November we will launch our larger more robust offering.
Today, more than anything, I am curious to learn more about you – your knowledge of, and experiences with, Natural Family Planning. What path and education led you to adopt NFP? What is your philosophy around natural sexual health? Do you have concerns about the safety of mainstream sexual health and feminine hygiene products? How can we serve you?
President, Naturally For Her