Post # 1
I am considering coming off of all hormonal BC. Due to medical issues with my uterus, I have a very low chance if actually conceiving, maybe 25% or less. If a fertilized egg managed to attach in my uterus, there is a 90%+ chance that I would miscarry. with such a low risk of pregnancy, I am tired of dealing with hormones. I cannot take the pill. Due to my uterus being messed up, I can no longer have an IUD. The shot and the implant gave me mood swings that left me wanting to get away for myself. the patch gave me migraines and raised my blood pressure to unsafe levels. Nuva ring, I think, is making me entirely too emotional and my blood pressure is still crazy high even with medication. I feel tired, but can’t sleep even with my sleeping medication- this also started with NuVa ring. With such a low risk of pregnancy, I’m wondering why I am doing this to myself. Should I try just using spermicide? Should I try NFP, which type? Or both together?
i do not want to go back to condoms or a Diaphragm. I found both to be uncomfortable or interrupted the mood. As a last resort, maybe….but if NFP can work I shouldn’t have to resort to either if those.
Thought? Advice, experience, and opinions are truly wanted!
Post # 3
@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
@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 # 5
@KoiKove: thanks. It is an option. We are both in out 40s so he has good control and we can both tell when we are about to…. So it could work.
@MrsRichard: did you use charting, billings, temperature? I’ve read so many I don’t know where to even start.
Post # 6
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
- 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 # 8
thank you ladies. I will try to get my hands on that book this weekend. Just having a place to start is helpful. I’m glad to hear it worked for both of you.
Post # 9
@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
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.