NFP… Experience, recommendations?

posted 3 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
5812 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@KatB442:  I dont have experience, but maybe the NPM with pullout (if SO is really good at knowing when he’s about to) and condoms during your fertile times. Do some research on pullout method. Some are saying it can be effective, but takes lots of trust on your part and he had to know his body really well. 

Post # 4
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@KatB442:  We used NFP to avoid pregnancy for six months, then used it to achieve. It worked out great for us. We will continue to use it after the birth of our child.

Post # 6
3677 posts
Sugar bee

Check out the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Wechsler if you are interested in NFP/FAM. It’s really useful and informative.

Post # 7
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

I was really pleased with my experience charting using NFP (learned from the Taking Charge of Your Fertility book) after coming off the pill. We used it for avoidance before TTC, with barrier methods or POM during fertile times. I had regular cycles quickly, so that made it simple. I also found it very easy to observe my body’s fertile signs, and overall the whole experience made me much more familiar with my body, my hormones, and my libido. Plus, it only took like 60 seconds out of my day. 

Ultimately, we only used it for 3 months to avoid pregnancy and started TTC on the 4th month. With the knowledge I had from charting, I got pregnant right away. But I really did feel empowered to prevent pregnancy using NFP as well. I was EXTREMELY happy with how my body felt off the pill… and I plan to start using NFP with barriers after delivery. I’m not going back to synthetic hormones again. UGH. 

Post # 9
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@KatB442:  I took a class with my DH at a local hospital, so that’s where I got my basic information about charting. It took me a couple months to totally get the hang of it. Then I also read the book mentioned above. I started temping right before we were ttc and I really recommend charting plus temping, I really felt confident with those methods. After a little while it becomes second nature and not at all like a chore. 

Post # 10
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

We use the Marquette method, which utilizes the Clearblue Fertility Monitor. I love it! It’s super objective so no messing with temperatures or cervical fluid. Plus the Marquette NFP boards have a doctor that replies to any questions you have very quickly. Honestly, I read these boards where everyone complains about hormonal birth control and it makes me sad that so many women feel like their only options are the pill or condoms.

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