(Closed) Natural Family Planning/Fertility Awareness Method Charting

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Have you taken a course with Couple-to-Couple league?  Personally, I purchased their materials and also purchased “Taking Charge of your Fertility.”  I read the materials, started paper charting to be able to tell when I ovulated by drawing lines (visualize better).  I know that a lot of ladies use fertility friend.  The key thing for me in order to avoid when we get married (we’re abstaining) is to only have sex during phase III so I know I won’t get pregnant if I wait enough days after ovulation.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re using it to avoid! Currently 😉 Fertilityfriend.com is great online charting. Taking charge of you fertility is a great intro. The key is that with NFP (what I and Beekiss practice) you abstain during fertile times. This is 100% protection and more “fail proof” than any man made bc: ie pill, condom, etc. FAM uses a barrier method during feritle times. This is slightly less “safe” as you then are subjected to the failure rates of the barrier used.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Within the catholic faith, our theology doesn’t support the use of barrier methods or chemical etc. NFP is approved however.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I should also qualify that NFP should only be used prayerfully and with significant or grave reasoning (i.e. finances, spacing, emotional well being of family, etc).  I can’t decide that, you and your husband and most importantly, God, decide that.  It should not be used with the contraceptive mindset, but you did say you are open to life.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I also liked the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Even if you didn’t want to use FAM or NFP, it has tons of great information about your cycle and fertility. I found it all to be really interesting.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve been considering starting NFP, but am unsure. I’m going through a lot of down-there health issues right now, and my husband and I are both in school, so pregnancy would not be a great option for us right now. That being said, we are always open to life!

Right now I’m trying to decide if going back on the pill will help/hurt things, and if I decide against it, we might consider NFP. (I know people have different opinions about if the pill is good or bad for you, but this one is between me and my doctor, okay?)

Remember though, complete abstinence is the only 100% fail proof method. NFP has a success rate of about 90-99% for avoiding pregnancy (depending on which study you look at!) It’s comparable to other birth control methods though.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

@jedeve:  I totally understand.  It’s medication when used to treat reproductive issues, not contraception.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I’ve been using the sympto-thermal method (STM) of NFP for more than three years now. I took a Couple to Couple League course and have also read Taking Charge of Your Fertility. The CCL course is really good, especially if you get seasoned teachers who have been using the method for awhile—the couple who taught us had been using the method for 30 years or so and had conceived five intentional children on it, no oops babies or scares. They also gave classes on using NFP while breastfeeding, for women who had recently given birth. The CCL course definitely emphasizes the theology behind NFP, but you certainly don’t have to be Catholic to use it. STM has shown to be 99% effective (as effective as the pill: http://bit.ly/dld24p) when used correctly, which I can tell you from experience is not that difficult at all. I charted on paper for the first few years, and then I switched to fertilityfriend.com. If you want to chart online, I would recommend paper charting as well at least for the first few months. It is very helpful to be able to draw in all the lines and count things when you can make marks on a paper versus looking at a screen. Good luck and feel free to PM me with any questions!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Catholic Church & The Engine Room at Georgetown Studios

We’re using it.  Right now, we are not actively trying to concieve.  We chart on an excel sheet that we share on google docs and every couple of days I upload the info into the TCOYF online charting tool.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

@sgarrison2: here’s a printable chart: http://www.nfpandmore.org/Chart.pdf

That one has a lot of bells and whistles; you don’t have to fill out every space on it or do every sign in order for it to be useful! I charted just the temps and mucus sign, and recorded the longest and shortest cycles. The instructions in the TCOYF book will help you fill in the rest.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@sgarrison2: If you like the charts in TCOYF, you can print them off on the book’s website here. It took me a few tries to get them right (they printed off kind of small on my computer, so I had to enlarge them), but it might be nice for you to be able to follow along with the book (it was for me).

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Just so you know you can also keep track of everything by going to the Taking Charge of Your Fertility website just sign up for free and you get the charts and everything.

Here is the website http://www.tcoyf.com/

Its great I am currently using it for TTC but there are also boards for people TTA.

 

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