The Luness device was sent to me by the company for review. I was not compensated in any other way for the review. All thoughts are my own, as always.
Most of you know that I have PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This can manifest in many different ways depending on the person who has it, but for me it looks a little something like this: Excessive weight, male pattern hair growth (so much fun, let me tell you), extremely irregular periods, often no period at all, lack of ovulation. In the past, I’ve used progesterone to keep my cycles semi-regular. But that involves keeping up with regular OBGYN or RE visits, and that can get really expensive.
A few months ago I got an email about a new product called Luness. I was intrigued because the company claimed it could regulate your cycle by light. I was skeptical, to say the least. But I figured it was worth a shot and when I received mine in the mail, I couldn’t wait to try it.
Luness looks like a glorified computer mouse. It’s very sleek and shiny. On the top it’s a translucent white with a small round area where the regimen light shines out. There’s a rubber-like bumper around the middle, and the bottom is metallic with indicator lights and a big red button. The lights show the day of your cycle.
Luness works by shining a specific strength of light (determined by the sensor) into your room at night, which reflects off the ceiling and onto your skin. It’s meant to mimic moon light. Each night right before you fall asleep, you press the red button. The light that glows during the day (red, yellow or green, to indicate peak fertility days) fades out and the device goes dark. This gives you plenty of time to fall asleep without any light disturbing you.
About 45 minutes after the button is pressed, the light starts up. This is dependent upon which cycle day you’re on of course, but many days have a light pattern. I’ve never woken up because of the light. I’ve woken up and the light was on, but usually it’s because I have to go pee or something. (My body hates me, I wake up to go pee around noon every day no matter what.)
Like I said, I was skeptical that Luness would work at all. Who really thinks that their body just needs light to sync up? But I’m no longer a skeptic. I waited a few cycles before writing this review and I can honestly say that since starting Luness, I’ve had a regular, 35 day cycle. This isn’t an ideal cycle length, but since it’s far shorter than what I’ve had the past few years, I’ll take it. I went from going 6 or more months between non-medicated cycles to 35 days.
Luness retails for $169.95. Compared to a visit to the OBGYN or RE every 3 months, plus prescription costs, this seems like a bargain to me. But if you can’t swing it right now, Luness does offer an alternative for iOS device users. There’s a Luness app available for $14.95 that works in the same way. It’s a great option for travel, or if you’re unable to purchase the device.
Luness is definitely highly recommended by me. I’m so impressed with it! It’s given me regular cycles, which is more than I ever expected.
And in case you were wondering, you can totally use Luness if you do shift work. My husband and I are practically nocturnal, we sleep during the day. Our room is very dark and Luness works just fine. If you’re like us and sleep during the day, I’d suggest black out curtains to cover your window and block sunlight to get the full Luness experience.