(Closed) dumb question … NFP

posted 7 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 3
194 posts
Blushing bee

Well, there is alot of information about NFP but there are a few specific things you have to pay attention to:

1. Morning Temperature (taken at the same time every morning)

2.  Cervical mucus (be careful of wet/sticky mucus…wet mucus means you are potentially fertile).

3.  Charting, very consistently.

I would recommend that you actually start charting now so you have a few cycles to practice and understand your symptoms of fertility.  Did you have any specific questions about NFP? 

Post # 5
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You can chart for free online at FertilityFriend.com and TCOYF.com (the second link is from the author of the book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility). You can also download PDF copies of the charts from TCOYF here– they have charts for using NFP or FAM to avoid pregnancy (the “birth control” charts) and to get pregnant- and they are available in celsius or farenheit.

Where is the free chart example you’re looking at? Maybe someone here could help you to interpret it, if you’ve got a link to it online.


Post # 7
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Have you tried contacting the Couple to Couple League, and seeing if they have anyone in Balgium teaching classes? This site says you can email the UK group, and they may have contacts in Belgium. There is also the Dutch CCL website, if you speak Dutch (they may have good resources).

Your temperature will raise after ovulation, so you’re actually most fertile in the few days before it goes up. If you’re trying to avoid pregnancy, it is best to wait until your temperature has been elevated for at least 3 days, since they can go up for other reasons (like not sleeping, drinking alcohol, being sick, etc). 

For time of day, you want to check your temperature at the same time- and it needs to be before you’ve gotten out of bed or done anything. For checking mucous, it’s a good idea to do that throughout the day- for example, every time you use the bathroom. 

You can try to predict the day you’ll be fertile, but don’t rely on those predictions. Look at your symptoms each day, and consider what they’re telling you- cycles can be irregular.

As far as whether you’ll understand it well enough by July, I’m not sure. Some people pick this up very quickly, and for others of us it can be very confusing. You probably want to start charting ASAP. Charting online can be helpful, and you may be able to find online charting courses, but many of them are made for people trying to get pregnant. I’m not sure how to address the time difference…

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