Post # 16
second recommendation for natural cycles. i used it successfully for two years and just used condoms during my fertile week. i also recently used the app to conceive– it was super helpful to have two years of data about my most fertile days of the month!
Post # 17
I’m TTC now, but I stopped using BC a year prior to that and was using condoms, as well as temping/charting with the Natural Cycles app for informational purposes only. I mostly used Natural Cycles to get to know my cycles well because I’d been on BC for over a decade prior. Since I wasn’t actually relying on it for BC, honestly I could have been doing the same thing for free with the Fertility Friend app, which also allows you to enter temps and notes daily and predicts your cycles, or a physical chart.
The only real advantage of Natural Cycles over FF is that it predicts your red days (days you shouldn’t have sex if you don’t want to become pregnant) and green days (days it is okay to have sex without contraception), but again we were still using condoms so that was more an interesting hypothetical. For that reason I let my subscription lapse after the first year and am now using FF. FF is just as good if not better for tracking. If you’re using it for FAM, you’d simply have to do the predictions yourself of when you normally ovulate (if you have a predictable cycle after tracking consistently), and avoid a large enough swath of dates within the radius of when you normally ovulate to allow for fluctuations. Personally my husband never felt comfortable enough with using FAM alone, so we kept using the condoms until we decided we were ready to TTC.