Post # 1
hello ladies, i recently decided to stop hormonal birth control and switched to condoms. i have heard of Natural Family Planning (NFP) used with condoms and am curious about it but don’t know where to start. I am clueless so any resources, advice, suggestions and experiences are appreciated and needed. It is very important that we do NOT get pregnant now so I don’t want to make any mistakes.
Post # 3
why did you stop the bc? NFP is theorectically possible, but definitely not 100% effective. if you use this method you have to understand that you could get pregnant. if this isn’t an option, i would stay on the bc!
Post # 4
I had been on birth control for over 10 years and am really tired of dealing with the side effects. I’ve looked at other options but I don’t care for any so we decided to go with condoms which is OK but I have talked with others that are using that in combination with NFP so I was curious about that possibility.
Post # 5
I am getting ready to start my NFP classes as part of my pre cana consultation. As someone that is new to the Catholic Church as well as NFP I found this website to be very helpful. We’ve been using condoms as our sole source of BC for 5 years and haven’t had any accidents, but no method is fool proof.
Post # 6
We use NFP (without condoms) and it’s worked so far (we’ve been married almost a year now). If you learn and apply the rules, it’s actually really effective. The uneffectiveness people refer to is usually either from using the rhythm method (which is NOT effective) or from bending the rules a bit.
Basically, it’s simply learning the cycles your body goes through and the physical signs it gives that tell you when you can get pregnant and when you can’t. Then it’s up to you and your husband to decide what you do with that information (meaning, if you don’t want to get pregnant, you abstain during the period when you’re fertile).
The Catholic Church really promotes this method, so they might be able to connect you with resources and classes, even if you’re not Catholic (we aren’t, but my mom teaches it). I’ve also heard a lot of women talk about a book called “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”. I haven’t read it myself, but I’ve heard a lot of people recommend it so you could look into that, too.
Post # 7
@MaybeeBecca: Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a great book for any woman who wants to understand her body better, and is really helpful for NFP or trying to conceive. Its awesome!
Post # 8
If it is important that you NOT get pregnant now…..will condoms be your only birth control? (other than the calendar?)
I think this is very very risky. There are other methods, like shots or implants if you’re sick of the daily dose. But if a priority is to control-birth…i would think it would be best to be on birth-control.
From someone who had been on birth control for 13 years – and used condoms every time with a new partner or when I miss a pill — THEY BREAK. more than you want, and more than they say on the label. Sorry to say that I know nothing about NFP — but I would NEVER rely on condoms alone to not make me pregnant. Just playing devil’s advocate — going off the pill is asking for pregancy…or more worry than it’s worth.?