(Closed) Natural Family Planning

posted 6 years ago in TTC
  • poll: Do you use NFP or FAM?
    Yes, as birth control. : (7 votes)
    16 %
    Yes, to help us get pregnant. : (11 votes)
    24 %
    Yes, for both birth control and to get pregnant. : (7 votes)
    16 %
    No, I use a different method of birth control. : (17 votes)
    38 %
    Other, I'll explain : (3 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    10589 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I would use it if I could.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work while on the BCP.  I’m all for reducing the probability of becoming pregnant!

    Post # 4
    2815 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I was charting before we got pregnant with my Dirty Delete. I started charting to see how regular my cycles were before we start TTC.

    Then while we waited to get closer to our TTC date, we used it to prevent pregnancy.

    The thing was, we got a little ahead of ourselves and got careless and got pregnant a little (like 6 months) sooner than planned. lol

    Whenever my first PP period comes, I’ll start charting again just to see how my body is working since having a baby. I have an IUD now, so I don’t really need to use charting to prevent pregnancy.

    Post # 5
    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I wouldn’t use it as birth control. I was raised learning it’s ineffective, and even if it’s not, I would always be nervous since it’s ingrained in me.

    Post # 6
    1040 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I think it’s great for TTC, but I know several people that used it for contraception after their first child very and still fell pregnant again.

    Post # 7
    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @redheadem:  thats probably because most people assume FAM/NFP is the same thing as the rhythm method Frown which is DEFINITELY inneffective.


    But anyways, I haven’t started using it yet. BUT I know my Aunt used it for both concieving and avoiding pregnancy and it’s worked really well. She’s had 4 beautiful babies and all of them were planned. Planned so much so as to pinpoint the days she got pregnant and had a better estimated due date than the doctor!

    Edit: and the best thing to do is to go to actual courses that teach the method. The teachers know what they’re doing and can tell you that most of the ‘oops’ babies from the method are actually from the couple misreading charts and signals.

    Post # 8
    665 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I bought the book and have only the read the first few chapters but those few chapters have been sooo informative. I will be using this method once I get the hang of it and once I finish the book. In the meantime it’s condoms for us.

    Post # 9
    2554 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I picked other. I read the book and think it’s awesome. I take my temp and pay attention to my cervical fluid. Unfortunately my periods are super irregular so it won’t work for me as birth control. I started very early with charting so that I could try and get some sense of my cycles before TTC. At the very least I can see when I ovulated after the fact, know when my period will start (impossible to know otherwise), and if I’m pregnant (without taking a test).

    Post # 10
    1128 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I plan on NFP after our LO is born, because we only plan to wait a year or so to try again for baby #2 so instead of going back on the pill I’m hoping to just do NFP.

    Post # 11
    619 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I have used the Fertility Avoidance Method for birth control sucessfully for 8 months.  I use the website tcoyf.com (same people who wrote the book) to track my daily temps.  It works great for me.  

    After charting regularly for a few months after coming of BCP, I was able to identiy some definite patterns in my cycle.  I typically ovulate on cycle day 12 and my cycles are typically 28 days long.  This means that 10 days each cycle we use condoms during my fertile period.  The rest of the time, I know that there is no chance of pregnancy, so no condoms needed.

    If you are worried about the chance of an unwanted pregnancy, I would suggest using condoms all the time for the first few cycles until you see a definite pattern in your cycles.  The website tcoyf.com had tools to help you identify your fertile periods and ovulation date, and can predict these after a few months of data.

    The best part is now I am confident that my body is working as it should to be able to get pregnant when we’re ready, which will be in 2 months (yay!).  I know exactly the best days to conceive and with any luck it won’t take us more than a few cycles.  

    Post # 12
    1652 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We have used condoms for prevention for many years. I will never take hormonal birth control again as I think it caused me problems with my cycles. We are trying to use FAM to conceive currently…

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