Post # 1
This is my first post in the Babies section! (Hopefully my last until AFTER the wedding since I already have my fully paid for drop waist dress). Fiance and I are starting the NFP method of birth control and then after the wedding for planning for our first child.
I’m really confused about NFP. I understand what it is, but I am looking for a book that really is thorough in discussing the different methods to determine when I am most fertile during the month to avoid doing it. There are so many books out there and testing kits, etc. I’m a bit lost in all of the various things.
Can someone recommend a book that discusses all of this and also a basal thermometer? I’ve seen some of the ovulation kits that are digital, but are very expensive. I’m not looking to get pregnant, rather to not get pregnant, but utillize this method until after the wedding. Your help would be much appreciated!
Post # 3
You should go out and buy “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler. It goes over everything in very thorough detail. The idea (atleast in this book) is that you can track your fertility by checking your basal body temp every morning,as well as by checking your cervical mucus and your and your cervical position… You can get a basal body thermometer at walgreens or any sort of drugstore. I highly recommend this book, it will answer all your questions!
Post # 4
There are a bunch of thread about this floating around:
NFP: Choosing a method
Also…Natural Family Planning: Does it work?
And also look at the “Related Posts” for more!
I second “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” as well as “The Art of Natural Family Planning” by the Couple to Couple League, 2007 version (which is from a Catholic perspective, which may or may not be your cup of tea, but has easy directions and color pictures). Welcome to NFP!
I use the BD basal body thermometer which I bought for around $10 at CVS. The batteries are still working after two years. Just don’t use a regular fever thermometer, because those will not give you accurate readings. You need a basal body temperature thermometer.
Post # 5
I bought the Walgreen’s basal body thermometer and it worked just fine. I will say that it seems to take forever to actaully take your basal temp – but that’s probably because I was always half asleep when I was trying to do it 😉 Plus since it goes the the one hundreth – I guess it just takes longer.
I liked it too because it remembers the last 5 temps. So I didn’t have to write it down right away. Set the alarm. Take the temp. Go back to sleep. Then write it down when I got up 🙂 Since you have to take your temp at the same time every day… you have to set you alarm for the earliest you could possibly wake up… I go to the gym at 6am…. my alarm was going off at 5am everyday – even the weekends! My husband ‘loved’ it – NOT.
Here’s a chart I found that I really liked. I just thought it had a nice layout. http://www.justmommies.com/chart2.pdf
There are also some sites where you can track online – but I never tried those.
Post # 6
I absolutely LOVE the book: Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I read it cover to cover twice and I go back and re-read section any time I have a question. It is packed with info and covers every possible scenario.
I have the Optimus Petit Sophia thermometer. It is expensive but worth every penny. It has a built in alarm so you never forget to take your temp. It also has built-in charting software and a LED display that shows a ton of info. I chart on paper and use the charting software to double-check my paper charts. The petit sophia is a life-saver if you are new to charting and still learning how to do it properly. You can also download the info via USB cable and store it on your computer (I havent done that and I think you might have to purchase additional software for that feature). It is also great because if you do get pregnant, the thermometer software can alert you early of a potential miscarriage in progress so you can get to a doctor fast.
Post # 7
Wonderful – thanks ladies!