(Closed) FAM/NFP is making my wedding come faster!

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think it’s funny that you’re thinking in terms of your period cycle =]. That would be weird for me, considering i only have one every 4 months or so 😛

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Just curious, did you do yours through Couple to Couple League/through your diocese? (I’m assuming you’re Catholic–I’ve seen you reply on those boards)  You could always ask your teacher to look over your charts real well?  When Fiance and I get married, since we’ll still be students, we’re only going to have intercourse during phase III to be extra careful!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I didn’t take initiative early enough to seek out classes, and now I think all I’m going to get before my wedding is some online how-to articles.  The nearest hospital that teaches NFP is in the middle of classes right now and won’t start the next session until a month after I’m married, so the NFP coordinator for my diocese referred me to a nurse in my city who might be able to help.  I haven’t heard back from that nurse yet and am getting antsy.  With two months to go, I’m definitely nervous…

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

@jenbrandner:  You can get a Home Study Course from Couple to Couple League.   That’s the way Fiance and I have done it, with supplemental reading.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

@KLP — I also contended with never really having a “dry” time. (Not to mention that “dry” is kind of a misnomer anyway, because things are never totally dry down there). However, what is important is that you learn what is normal for you, and then make your readings off of your own baseline patterns. I sort of devised my own method of notation to that end—my version of “dry” might not be someone else’s, but it’s the pattern my body has. I follow that pattern and the NFP rules work great.

In another 4-5 cycles you’re going to be an old hat at this.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yes, it makes the wedding totally seem a lot closer.  I only have two more full cycles to go, and I’m really hoping I get the hang of this a little more before I put it into practice! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Just wait until you get really close to your wedding and your cycles get all wonky. I’ve been tracking since Oct. and my past two cycles have had me ovulate a week later then I typically have been. (Yay stress!) I’m glad I’ve had time to practice.

Good luck. Those last few months go by very fast!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m feeling the same way- only a few more cycles until I get to learn whether I’m doing this right! I really want to take a class, to be sure I’m charting properly, but will need to wait until after the wedding when things calm down a bit. I, too, have learned charting reading TCOYF, and I’m charting my 5th cycle now. 

Also Too Much Information, but my problem is that my charts haven’t shown ovulation consistently. I’ve had a couple of months with no post-ovulatory temperature spike and with ambiguous cervical fluid (I have the same problem with dry days being rare). I think it may be stress related, because I’ve got a lot going on right now (aside from the wedding, I’ve been phasing out my current job (the position was eliminated), getting ready to start a new one for the summer, finishing up one degree and getting ready to enter my doctoral program, and am just generally stressed out by everything!).

Any experienced charters know if stress can cause funny charts like this? Or maybe I’m messing up because I just started charting? Last month’s chart looked great- nice temperature rise, easily interpreted cervical fluid, etc. I’m just worried’d I’ll end up being overly paranoid about my charts. I’m trying out fertilityfriend.com, since it helps to interpret the charts to give an idea of whether ovulation has occurred, but I’m getting a little paranoid I won’t have the hang of this in time for the wedding- and I *really* don’t want to have whole abstinent months because my charts are crazy!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@hedgeknits:  Has your sleep scheduled stayed nearly the same?  You get up around the same time and take the temp before you get out of bed?  Stress can affect things, but you should see an increase in temp if you ovulate…and if you don’t and get your period, then it could be anovulatory.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@ beekiss: I get up and temp at the same time every morning, and I try to be consistent in what time I go to be, as well. I tend to toss and turn a lot in my sleep, and don’t always sleep well, but I don’t get up and I usually get at least 5 hours of sleep before taking my temp (on a bad night- most nights I get 7 or 8). Maybe the fact that I don’t sleep well is making things off? 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

@hedgeknits:  Also, if you’ve come off bc in the last few months then that can affect the temps.  I keep my thermometer in my night stand and don’t get up before I take my temp.  I’ve heard even if you get up to pee or just walk across the room, it could affect the temp.  Sleeping well could affect it as well, waking up every few hours.  What kind of thermometer do you have?  I have one like this.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@ beekiss: Thanks for your tips! I have a basal thermometer, but its a store brand- I’ve heard good reviews of yours and might check it out. I’ve never been on BC, I take my temp without getting up first, and I’m healthy. I think it may be my poor sleep- I’ve been practicing better sleep hygiene in the last month or so, and my last chart looked good. Hopefully this will help things out!

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