(Closed) Natural Family Planning Questions

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You’re cutting it tight to learn it, but not impossible.  CCL does offer ways to take classes individually…look on their website, http://www.ccli.org
And…it’s fine to take temps in your mouth.  😛  I know a few people who swear their temps are more consistent by taking them vaginally, but I’ve always taken them orally and been fine.  Feel free to PM me with any questions. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I chart and highly reccomend reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility.  It will teach you more about your body and your cycles than you might want to know!  If your cycles are regular, you can probably get the hang of charting in about a month.

Also- if you are trying toavoid pregnancy you have to chart TO.THE.LETTER!!  We are TTA and use condoms as a back-up.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

With only 71 days, if I were you, I would read TCOYF and start charting NOW. Most of the CCL classes are over the course of 3 months (one class a month,) so that’s not really going to help you at this point. Sign up for a class ASAP, and then you can take it when you’re married, b/c I found it very helpful to have the personal instruction, even after reading TCOYF. It is very helpful to have someone else look at your charts and be able to answer any questions you have. 

Actually, I see you are in Canada, and I am not sure CCL has classes there. You could try their online study course. 

Also, one of the hardest parts about NFP is learning your mucus pattern, so one of the biggest places where “accident” pregnancies can happen is in the first week or so of your cycle, especially for people who aren’t very confident in their mucus observations. So, since you don’t have a lot of time, if you want to be extra careful before you’re able to get a teacher working with you to make sure you are learning about the mucus correctly, you *might* want to consider only having sex in the third part of your cycle every month; after you KNOW you have already ovulated and are completely safe.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

oh yeah, and the thing about basal body temp- it’s more important that you have an actual basal thermometer (one that registers to at least the 1/10th of a degree) than where you put it. It works for most people to just put it in their mouth.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I’m planning on learning the Marquette method.   I like it because it includes the use of a fertility monitor that measures hormone levels, which to me seems like a more objective sign.  You can learn it online, check out this website.

http://nfp.marquette.edu/

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ScottishMrs:  In general, .05-.09 rounds to .1 and .00-.04 rounds to .0. Thats just in regular life though, I’m not sure if it makes a difference with charting.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

 @ScottishMrs:  You could try learning, but I’d be open to using alternate methods after you get married. I don’t think that having additional time to learn necessarily helps. I have been trying to learn for 7 months, but still don’t have the slightest idea of what is going on with my body or cycles.

I think that with the time you have, the key will be if you have regular cycles. If you do, then you have plenty of time. If you don’t, then no amount of time will really help, and it is kind of a crap shoot (unfortunately).

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

They offer classes online and you can also send in your charts to get feedback. I’m not sure you’ve got enough time to be very accurate with knowing when is a safe time. You could try to extend what you think to be a fertile time just to be safe. But definitely start charting ASAP.

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