Post # 1
I’m super excited to be starting Natural Family Planning (NFP)! My Maid/Matron of Honor & I attended an informational meeting sponsored by my parish last Monday. Serendipitously, my cycle started two days later, so we (FI & I) got to start charting right away. Our wedding date is 7 months away, but I wanted to start so we’d be ready when we start our married life & hopefully prevent any untimely surprises.
Just wanted to share my excitement…any other ‘bees who are successfully postponing pregnancy with NFP? Ooh! or any ‘bees who have a little something special on the way because of NFP?
Post # 3
ohh i am none of the above, but since i have removed my iud i want to jump in if that’s okay??? i totally have not been on the ball on this and haven’t researched as much as i need to… i should start charting after my period, correct?
Post # 4
I’ve been using NFP-related methods for a year. So far, so good. 🙂 (And when I say good, I mean 100% effective in preventing pregnancy, haha.)
@crebre: Your cycle starts with your period, so you should start your chart there!
ETA: This is my favorite site about using fertility awareness, and a good site in general for looking into your other BC options as well.
Post # 5
We use it to prevent any babies and so far it’s worked (and we’ve been married over a year)! Does anyone ever feel like your OB isn’t as keen on the NFP as a good birth control method?
Post # 7
@crebre: first day of your period is Day 1 of the cycle. According to the Billings Ovulation Method, you should chart what you feel & what you see (feeling being a “what you feel as you walk around”, not necessary to “go in”).
@Minutiae: thanks for posting that site…it’s SOOO informative!
I’m excited to understand how my own personal reproductive system works, which was one of the biggest draws to NFP for me…especially after a good friend had some difficulty getting pregnant & using NFP showed that the “problem” was just that she ovulated way earlier then the “expected” 14 days. I may be in the WAY minority (& may unintentionally start a debate here), but I kinda wish they had taught all this stuff about our cycles in health & nutrition. As a high school teacher, I think girls’/women’s knowledge about knowing how to recognize their own fertility signs would help prevent teenage pregnancy (just as it can prevent/postpone any other “unprepared” pregnancy). (note: please know that I respect any person’s – especially a parent’s – wish that their children learn about sex at home rather than in school; I’m not advertising support of teenage sexual activity)
Post # 8
Congrats Ms. Pascua! I love to see bees tooting the NFP horn. 🙂 We successfully used NFP for a few months in our engagement/right after the wedding to prevent pregnancy. It was such a relief for us to not have to worry about pills and hormones or even condoms most of the time. And when we decided to get pregnant, we were successful our first try! I hope you and your Fi have as great of an experience with NFP as my husband and I did!
Post # 9
MsPascua- I totally agree that this is something that girls need to be taught in school. Even if you aren’t doing NFP, you should understand your body and what is going on with it. I read “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”, and it really blew my mind how much I didn’t know about length of cycles, signs of ovulation, etc. No one ever tells you this stuff!
I also think- from my experience- that gynos are not very good at helping with BC unless it involves the pill. It seems like it’s just easier for them to say- here, I’ll write a prescription, if this doesn’t work I’ll write another one. You really need to do your own research. I personally had major problems on BC, and when I said that I wanted to try something that was non-hormonal, they looked at me like I had 3 heads. And it’s very unfortunate because so many women I know are on the pill and have side effects, but figure there really aren’t any other options out there. I think if more people understood that NFP is not “the rhythm method”, they would be a little more open to it.
Post # 10
I have been using the sympto-thermal method (STM) of NFP successfully (no babies!) for more than a year now. I am really happy with the method.
I really recommend this method over mucus-only methods like the Billings Method because STM includes a cross-check of your morning waking (“basal”) temperature. After ovulation your temperature will go up at least 0.4 degrees F in the morning because of the increase in progesterone that occurs after ovulation. If this has happened, there is no way you can get pregnant for the rest of that cycle. I liked the hard-facts nature of the temperature sign versus the more subjective mucus sign—especially at first, the mucus sign can be a bit confusing as you get to know your body. Check out the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility to learn about the sympto-thermal method.
Congrats on starting NFP—you are going to learn so much about your body (not to mention save a lot of money on pills)! I wish they taught it in schools too! Although I don’t think it’s an appropriate method of birth control for teenagers, I think that every woman should know these things about her body for her own sake.
Post # 11
How exciting! I touched on this with a friend on mine today… she got pregnant on her honeymoon. But I quote “Oh, we had it down! We knew that during the honeymoon pregnancy was a possibility!”
Just like you said, I’m most excited about finally learning about myself more. And at 25 I feel like I should have known this in the 6th grade!
Post # 12
@KLP: Congrats to your friend!
@Mrs. Spring: thanks! We’re hoping, like you & Mr. Spring, that we can postpone just long enough to time the birth for school breaks (I’m a teacher) & maximize maternity leave. I hope we can emulate your success.
@chelseamorning: I totally agree that it shouldn’t be used as teenage birth control (per se), and that the knowledge should be out there. Mostly, I’m advocating more knowledge about how the female reproductive system works…I think just having all this knowledge would lead to better decisions, in both teens & adults. *holding picket that reads: NFP – Know your Body*
Post # 13
@ms.pascua: “NFP: Know Your Body.” That’s awesome! I’m going to start using that. What a great tagline.
Post # 14
I just wanted to second getting Taking Charge of Your Fertility…it is amazing and so informative.
Post # 15
I just started charting using the Creighton Fertility Care system during my last cycle. My last cycle turned out to be a rather fluke cycle as I started bleeding again on day 20, but so far we’ve been able to identify that I may have a progesterone difficiency that may be a sign that I’m either infertile or that I may be prone to miscarriages.
I definitely agree, that this knowledge would be very beneficial for younger girls to have simply because our cycles tend to be such mysteries rather than being told they’re always fertile and every menstraul problem solved through the wonders of the birth control pill.
Post # 16
I am definitely going to use NFP when I get married but I haven’t started taking any NFP classes yet so I’m learning lots now! I just had a general question about it…this may vary, but how often do you have to abstain from sex when you use this method? tehe, that sounds bad but I’m just curious..Is it like 1 week out of every month? Does it just depend on the person’s cycle?