Natural birth control – anyone have any experience doing this?

posted 4 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

There’s an awesome book I highly recommend called Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It has lots of stuff in it that may be helpful. When you’re looking into natural family planning (NFP), there are several different ways of going about it. Charting is great if you’re regular (I’m not, but that’s due to health issues). I have several lady friends whose cycles are like clock work. One friend can time hers down to less than 12 hours. You can also look at the cervical mucus, temperature, etc. If you’re going to go the charting/calendar way, you can even get a bracelet to help – I have one that’s cute that I got on Etsy (I’m a sex educator so I have it more b/c it interests me and I use it as a demo, than for myself)

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@MsLobizon:  +1  I have been using TCOYF for about 4 years now.  It works if you follow the rules and temp every day.  

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Yes I do this. It’s very effective but I think it’s best if you don’t mind getting pregnant. So far (about 4 years) it’s worked perfectly for us. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@perfectingfaith:  If you have an I-phone, you can download an app called PTracker. It calculates your period and your ovulation too. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I will be seeing my naturopathic doctor at the end of this month to discuss natural BC. As much as I loved the copper IUD, it did cause a lot of issues- long heavy periods, not able to use softcups (my favorite menstrual product), and lower back pain. I already track my cycle and my doc has said there are lots more options so I will definitely come back here an share.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@perfectingfaith:  🙂 definitely come back and hate what your doc says. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MsLobizon:  

Yes I’ve read “Taking Charge of your Fertility” it gives a great background to NFP. I understand it can be very effective if you use it properly and most especially are fairly strict about abstaining at the relevant time if you are trying to avoid / delay conception. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@perfectingfaith:  Honestly my husband knows more about this than I do…we know there are certain times of the month that are safe and others that aren’t…

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Sunflower–girl:  

i think using contraception when you are fertile is called FAM (fertility awareness method). Not sure ? But we are Catholic so if we use anything (which we don’t plan to unless we have a health issue or something) it has to be just NFP. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@perfectingfaith:  You can find the bracelets a few places. Some places sell them as necklaces, or as a loop to put around the bed post or what have you. Mine isn’t super fancy, but I like it a lot: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/56967590?ref=fb2_tnx_title . Especially if you’re looking into TTC in a year or two, some methods are already off the table (for example, no point in an IUD unless it’s a method you’re *really* set on). I like NFP b/c even though it isn’t what I use primarily (I take a hormonal medication for a health issue, and thus don’t menstruate) it has helped me understand my body more and be more in touch with myself. If you combine a few of the NFP methods together, it can be a little more helpful (such as cervical mucus plus charting).

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