Hi everyone! My name is Sharon and I work in the Customer Support Team at Tempdrop. Tempdrop has been a game changer for me for tracking my cycle, so I’m excited to be part of the Tempdrop team.
I come from a quiet city in South Australia, where we’re spoiled with great beaches and surrounded by famous wine regions. A few years ago, my husband and I decided to move interstate and we’re now living in the heart of Melbourne, trading the beaches and wine for good coffee and food.
Making a decision about birth control didn’t seem like a big deal in the beginning. The convenience of hormonal birth control (HBC) was great, and I never researched past the fundamentals of how it really works (or even gave it too much thought). Over the years, though, I saw negative changes in my health and it made me start looking for answers.
The first time I heard about fertility awareness and Tempdrop was actually from our very own Melony Angus. To be honest, at first I thought it was the same as the rhythm method - which I already knew wasn’t reliable. When I learned more, I was blown away by the science and logic of it. I realized I had been oblivious to the importance of the menstrual cycle for health and well-being. I was also shocked at the little-known side effects of HBC. Synthetic hormones do more to your system than just stop you from ovulating. This made me determined to make a change.
So at the end of 2018, I decided to quit HBC and use a fertility awareness method (FAM) to avoid pregnancy naturally. I felt that using a tool like Tempdrop would make this process easier (and I was right).
Although there’s a little more effort required to use FAM for birth control as opposed to HBC, it’s worth it! From the first complete cycle I tracked after coming off HBC, I could clearly see when I had ovulated and the length of my luteal phase*. Seeing that was so reassuring after coming off years of hormonal birth control.
The insight that fertility awareness has given me into my own health is irreplaceable. It is amazing to have the power to make informed choices about my fertility, in a way that’s in harmony with my body.
After seeing the value Tempdrop has had in my life, it’s incredible to now work for the company and be able to provide support to others.
* Everyone’s experience with coming off of hormonal birth control is different. It may take a few months for your body to learn its own rhythm again and to be able to ovulate. This is completely normal, so don’t worry if you don’t see an ovulation pattern right away.