(Closed) kind of confused about safe days sex/cycle situation? Ladies who try NFP help?(:

posted 8 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 32
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@al1988: Are you in a position to have a child? If the answer is no, I suggest you go on the pill, esp if you are young we are so much more fertile when we are young!

Post # 33
152 posts
Blushing bee

be prepared to have a baby if all you’re using for contraception is natural family planning.

things can vary from month to month for everyone, so be careful.

Post # 34
4335 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@alwaysamaid: Really? Have you even read some of the other responses about how effective NFP/FAM can be? Be prepared for a baby if you’re having SEX! Any method of “birth control” can fail!

Post # 35
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Just read “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” it will tell you everything you need to know

Post # 36
43 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

Period tracker deluxe for iPhone is a lifesaver! It has charts and stores all sorts of information for you like weight, temp mood. By The Way there not paying me to say this lol 

I’ve been using it for 8 months-ish and havn’t had any scares. I used to be really bad at remembering my last period and when my next was due so it really helped with that also.

Post # 37
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you’re going to do this, you need to learn the method REALLY well, and follow every step in a dedicated way. That means starting with a good knowledge base. You cannot just go by the number of days or pick and choose rules. That’s not just an NFP thing, it’s true of anything important you do (e.g. you can’t just decide to go to work every other day because it’s a hassle; or to take your hormonal birth control only on days you feel like it rather than as directed by your doctor). So you want to make sure you have a good understanding of what you’re doing. There’s a lot of misinformation out there (like the statement that the luteal phase is always 14-days above; that’s a bit incorrect– an individual woman’s LP is stable and tends to be the same from month-to-month, but 14 days is an average and the norm is 12-16 or so).

A class is ideal, since instructors will go over not only how to do the method, but will act as a point-person and check out your charts for you, giving help along the way as needed. Since there are no classes near you, have you looked into taking a class online? The Couple to Couple league has classes online, with real instructors. Northwest Family Services also offers online classes. If those are impossible, try the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It’s a god resource and provides solid information. There are many free apps and websites or charting, but it’s best to learn a method first, rather than to just start with a chart. There’s stuff you won’t just be able to pick up from the chart itself, but with good instruction and good practice (especially if you have a good teacher to rely on), most women can figure it out– and you learn a lot about your body in the process.

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