NFP- any positive experiences or advice?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@wildflowerbee:  We had to take this class too, for the Catholic Church. We both liked it, most women came alone which I thought was weird. I used fertility friend to chart and temp instead of the old fashioned sheet and stickers they give you! We’ve been married for 7 months and only used this method. It helped prevent for five months then helped us achieve pregnancy once we were ready. My sister thinks its bizarre that I used this method as birth control but when it’s done right it works! It took me a couple cycles to get the hang of it!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@wildflowerbee:  A lot of Bees, including myself, highly recommend reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility and using a mixed method including charting, temping and checking your cervical mucus.  Make sure you are extra careful (i.e. use a longer fertility window or pull and pray or condoms if you are okay with them) for the first year while you are getting the hang of charting.

Also bear in mind there are always chances for accidents.  After a year of ovuating after CD 20, my body decided to ovulate super early on CD 10 and we got pregnant because it meant we BD’d during the fertile window instead of the safe window.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@beachbride1216:  This!  I usually ovulated around CD 18-20.  The month I got pregnant, I O’d on CD 14.  We were TTC, so it was welcome, but if we hadn’t been, it would have been a shock!

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@wildflowerbee:  I much preferred using NFP to the Pill because I experience side effects from the Pill but the Pill is more effective at preventing an unwanted pregnancy.  I really liked knowing more about how my body works and how conception works.  I also didn’t miss the mood swings I got from the Pill.  I didn’t like having more painful periods and the major acne which happens when I am off the Pill.

If you know for sure you don’t want to conceive for another 2-3 years then I highly recommend staying on the Pill.  If the issue is that once married you believe your religion prohibits you from using the Pill and/or condoms then I recommend temping, charting, and pulling/praying used all together to ensure you don’t conceive before you’re ready.

Also, as far as my marriage was concerned, I was much more in the mood, especially around my O-date which made it very hard to be careful and avoid doing the deed during my fertile windows.  I found the urge to procreate and do the deed much stronger once I was off the Pill.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@wildflowerbee:  I’m not exactly sure if we’ll continue with NFP or not. I had a Mirena for 4.5 years and had it removed in April so we could start charting as we prepared to TTC. While I think it’s pretty easy to do, it isn’t without it’s flaws (I.e. my early ovulation fluke) and is completely dependnet upon user input.

It was easy for us to do and didn’t really impact our marriage. We’re in our early and mid 30s, so after this first baby, if we decide to have another, we’ll do it pretty soon. I don’t tolerate hormonal BC very well at all (even Mirena was problematic for me), so I can see us using NFP for awhile until we decide no more kids!

 

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