(Closed) Ladies using natural birth control…

posted 8 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 33
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@MizzPhiladelphia1986:  My reasons were originally religious, but the more I learn about birth control (the pill in particular,) the more glad I am that I do not have to deal with it – decreased sex drive, increased cancer risks, plus, I try to eat organic (“hormone-free” beef, etc,), so why would I put extra hormones in my body, not to mention how the hormones will leave your body and go on to pollute the environment, even down to affecting the reproductive organs of fish living near water-treatment plants.

Post # 34
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Helper bee

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@MizzPhiladelphia1986:  I am using FAM to conceive, but I’ll probably use it to avoid in the future. I don’t like taking unnecessary medication, and I had horrible side effects from the pill (mood swings, depression, zero sex drive). My husband and I don’t have issues using condoms either, but many couples want an alternative to condoms and BC.

Post # 35
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Helper bee

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@Rubbs:  You probably are safe if your only 6 days into your cycle, BUT you have no way of knowing that right now. Having a 29-day cycle doesn’t tell you anything other than you probably O around cycle day 14-17. If you’re going to use NFP/FAM as birth control, and you definitely do not want to get pregnant right now, make sure you read TCOYF and chart and follow the rules closely for a few cycles until you learn your body. Use condoms as a backup during that time. There are no guarantees with your body, so one cycle you could O early, and the next you could not O at all. That’s why you have to learn your body’s fertility signs. If you’re not too concerned with preventing a pregnancy, you can be more lax with the rules. It’d be like taking the pill every day at exactly the same time (following NFP/FAM rules strictly) versus taking the pill every day whenever you remember (following NFP/FAM loosely). Neither method prevents pregnancy 100%, but your prevention rate is much higher if you follow the first.

Post # 37
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

@nerdybird:  Yes, ovulation can happen unexpectedly but charting help us see when we have ovulated. 

The best thing to do is to chart for a few months using protection until you understand your cycle pattern. Previous to this cyle (total of 5) I have had very regular period cycles and I know my fertile window.This month though, I should have ovulated but I have not yet, so to avoid pregnancy protection must be used until it is safe to do so. There are other signs of fertility you can look for as well. Like ppl have said the book TCOYF is a great book. I have learned so much from it.

Post # 38
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

Cycles vary so much from person to person. The cycle can be divided into three sections, Menses Phase, Follicular Phase and Luteal Phase. Each phase is different for each woman, the Follicular phase is usually the one that varies in length, and this is the one that indicates when ovulation will occur. The more fixed phase is the luteal phase, which usually varies from 12-16 days I believe. Now you can see why period cycles vary so much, plus there are other factors that can affect the length of it as well, such as stress.

When charting, the temperature rise indicates the start of your luteal phase and completed ovulation. To be safe, you want to make sure you start your fertile window at least 5 days or more if you can prior to ovulation and 2-3 days after it has happened. I hope this helps. I was very inspired to write this and thought I would share. Sorry if Too Much Information.

Post # 39
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Blushing bee

@Rubbs:  The title caught me. I thought maybe you were going to ask about natural BC. I don’t have answers to the other questions but NEEM OIL will kill sperm. Look it up. It is a natural birth control method.

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