(Closed) Can you use FAM your first month off hormonal BC?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

No, FAM takes a few months to get charted correctly. And it usually takes about 3 months off BC to get a good chart.

Post # 4
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You might not even ovulate during the mornth but I think it would be hard to tell.  I probably wouldn’t risk it and would just use condoms for a month (they make pretty thin ones that you can’t really feel much now).

Post # 6
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@daniellemybelle: He is probably talking about the spericide foam.  Not sure how effective that really is, plus it can dry you out.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@daniellemybelle:

You probably know this, but just in case – withdrawal method is extremely unreliable, since pre-ejaculate has a high concentration of active sperm.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@daniellemybelle: You’re correct about pre-ejaculate. What mightywombat mentioned is a myth that is largely accepted as fact, unfortunately.

Like Belle and AsB said, FAM is not something that is a good temporary quick-fix (you should never rely on it until you have at least 3 cycles of charting experience). However, I would encourage you to start temping/charting and get the feel for how that fits with your life and schedule, and then consider sticking with it rather than going back on hormonal BC. I quit BC and I’ve been charting for 6 cycles and I love it! It’s amazing to know exactly what’s going on with your body and reproductive system. I think it’s so fascinating. Read Taking Charge of Your Fertility and you’ll be an expert on the subject! Good luck. πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@daniellemybelle: Oh man, that’s no fun! πŸ™ I don’t really know much about PCOS but I have heard that some women are able to manage it without BC, against the standard advice from doctors. You might want to check out this forum on the Taking Charge of Your Fertility site — it’s specifically for women who have PCOS or endometriosis and are still doing FAM. Maybe they might have some advice for you! I hope your cyst gets under control soon.

Cute pic of you and your man, btw! πŸ™‚

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