(Closed) Excited to start NFP!

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

It is so cool that a bee is using NFP! I took a Couple to Couple League course too and it was really neat. Our couple had used the method from the beginning of their marriage over a course of 30 years (until she went through menopause) and had five totally planned pregnancies—really inspiring. I am 2.5 years in myself and can practically do it in my sleep. Happy charting.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Congrats! It’s really exciting! The things you’ll learn about yourself are amazing!

We still need to take the course, but reading the book “Taking charge of your fertility” has taught me a lot.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My Fiance and I took the Couple to Couple League class this fall and I’m only charting my 5th cycle. It’s awesome how much more in tune I am with my body. I’m a little nervous about really putting it into practice, but it is comforting that I know others have made it work!

Right now the hardest thing is that there is a chance I might be in Phase 2 for our wedding night and honeymoon. I mean we’ve waited for what seems like forever and to have to wait then would just be a little disappointing. My cycle is pretty regular so we can kind of count it out and we are going to be cutting it close. If I can keep myself from getting too stressed out (and not extending the length of my cycle) we should be ok, but we’ll just have to see how things play out!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

kate6214 – I know a lot of people who had to wait a week to consummate their marriage… I’m so worried this may be us! lol. The way I see it, is that if on the wedding night we can’t, at some point on the honeymoon we can… haha

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Pretzel, that’s so cool! I’ve read about NFP through Chelseamornings’s copious posts, I’m amazed to see it’s become so widespread as it sometimes seems on WB, and even a bee blogger now giving it a try. Keep us posted, we’d love to hear about your experience. I think it would probably be quite discussion-provoking if you were to do a blog post about it, if you felt comfortable. Lots of people have tons of questions about reproductive issues on here, as I’m sure we’ve all noticed.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I’ve been blabbering on about NFP for more than a year now at Weddingbee :), and it’s like a sea change has happened. When I first started talking about it, I felt like the idea was mostly greeted with skepticism and even a little derision, like it was some sort of junk science being forced upon Catholic brides by a backward church with a secret plan for us all to be pregnant by the honeymoon.

What a difference a year makes. I don’t know if people are more accepting or if they are just keeping their noses out of it if they don’t think it’s a legitimate method, but I am seeing so much more support for and interest in NFP here at Weddingbee. Of course NFP isn’t the right choice for everyone, but it is definitely a legitimate choice for birth control that can be used easily, effectively, and successfully by many women, especially those who may not tolerate hormonal birth control. The morality behind it is sound from a Catholic perspective, but I will always maintain that you don’t have to think hormonal birth control is wrong to think NFP can be right, just like you don’t have to think condoms or the IUD are wrong to think hormonal birth control is right. It’s just another choice.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@chelseamorning – I just want to say I love what you said about “you don’t have to think that hormonal birth control is wrong to think NFP can be right” – I strongly believe that anything that helps you get to know your body can only be a good thing, and I think NFP is really interesting, but I sometimes feel like people who practice/plan to practice NFP (mostly at my university, not on WB) look down on people who are on the Pill and aren’t waiting until marriage. I think it’s great when we can all talk about both methods, regardless of personal preference or religion. 

Maybe it’s the psychologist in me, but I think it’s ridiculous to say that one method could possibly work for everyone. I wish all the methods of birth control and/or family planning, artificial or not, were discussed more openly and kindly. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Congrats on starting to chart! It is fun in a geeky kind of way πŸ™‚ I wish I had been taught how in high school, because my doctor wishes she had a longer history of charts to refer to (we’re having some issues). So the sooner you start the better!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We just did our first NFP (Billings Ovulation Method) last week.  It was Fiance first experience with it, but I had learned it in Catholic School before.

I really like the Billing method, as there is no cervix or temperature checking.  Just noticing bodily fluid changes.  It’s pretty easy to understand (maybe just because I learned it so long ago.)  

My Fiance is now excited about it and he does my chart for me every night, so that he know which days are green (Green means GO!) and when the Red days are coming!

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Has anyone used NFP with an extremely irregular cycle?

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Pretzel,

Many prayers for you.  I wish you the best in figuring out how to discuss this topic on the blog. I’m Catholic and scarred to death of NFP, so I stayed on the pill, which which I was using to relieve heavy periods and nasty cramps. I’m hypothroid which tens to cause those problems. We waited for marriage to have sex. My husband woud love to use NFP but I think if he saw the amount of absteince involved he would change his tune. I follow a board on Delphi  on NFP and there have been many surpise PG’s which scares me, but most of all I’m scarred by my Brother-In-Law and SIL that have three under three and numero 3 was defiently not planned. They are nine months apart, baby was 6 weeks early.

 

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