(Closed) Natural Family Planning Book/ Thermometer Recommendations?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
792 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

You should go out and buy “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler. It goes over everything in very thorough detail. The idea (atleast in this book) is that you can track your fertility by checking your basal body temp every morning,as well as by checking your cervical mucus and your and your cervical position…  You can get a basal body thermometer at walgreens or any sort of drugstore. I highly recommend this book, it will answer all your questions!

Post # 4
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

There are a bunch of thread about this floating around:

NFP: Choosing a method

Also…Natural Family Planning: Does it work?

Starting NFP

And also look at the “Related Posts” for more!

I second “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” as well as “The Art of Natural Family Planning” by the Couple to Couple League, 2007 version (which is from a Catholic perspective, which may or may not be your cup of tea, but has easy directions and color pictures). Welcome to NFP!

I use the BD basal body thermometer which I bought for around $10 at CVS. The batteries are still working after two years. Just don’t use a regular fever thermometer, because those will not give you accurate readings. You need a basal body temperature thermometer.

Post # 5
638 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

I bought the Walgreen’s basal body thermometer and it worked just fine.  I will say that it seems to take forever to actaully take your basal temp – but that’s probably because I was always half asleep when I was trying to do it 😉  Plus since it goes the the one hundreth – I guess it just takes longer.

I liked it too because it remembers the last 5 temps.  So I didn’t have to write it down right away.  Set the alarm.  Take the temp.  Go back to sleep.  Then write it down when I got up 🙂  Since you have to take your temp at the same time every day… you have to set you alarm for the earliest you could possibly wake up… I go to the gym at 6am…. my alarm was going off at 5am everyday – even the weekends!  My husband ‘loved’ it – NOT.

Here’s a chart I found that I really liked.  I just thought it had a nice layout.  http://www.justmommies.com/chart2.pdf

There are also some sites where you can track online – but I never tried those.



Post # 6
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I absolutely LOVE the book: Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I read it cover to cover twice and I go back and re-read section any time I have a question. It is packed with info and covers every possible scenario.

I have the Optimus Petit Sophia thermometer. It is expensive but worth every penny. It has a built in alarm so you never forget to take your temp. It also has built-in charting software and a LED display that shows a ton of info. I chart on paper and use the charting software to double-check my paper charts. The petit sophia is a life-saver if you are new to charting and still learning how to do it properly. You can also download the info via USB cable and store it on your computer (I havent done that and I think you might have to purchase additional software for that feature). It is also great because if you do get pregnant, the thermometer software can alert you early of a potential miscarriage in progress so you can get to a doctor fast.

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