(Closed) Those interested in NFP/FAM

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 5
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Thank you, im planning on trying to use this method after my next menstrual cycle!

Post # 6
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Nice resources! I’ll probably print those out myself. I’ve been using FAM for over two years and am very happy with my choice. 🙂

Post # 9
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@beekiss2: Actually, I’ve never used BBT. It’s something I might start when my life has more of a schedule, but the other signs have been clear enough for me that it hasn’t been necessary. I have pretty serious mittelschmerz and the like, which makes my cycle very clear. After the first few months of getting in tune with my body, it became instinct. However, my fiance and I do take more precaution than is really necessary, because I’m not using something as technical as BBT. 🙂

Post # 10
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Thanks for posting this! Fiance and I are def going to give the NFP method a try – im sick of pills – which technically i shouldnt be taking anyway. its always great to go into something like this prepared, we are not ready for kids yet but probably within the next year or so.

Post # 13
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I wanted to give an update on my experiences with NFP (sorry about the change in account).

Since my Fiance and I are engaged and not married, we haven’t practiced to avoid.  However, I still think I can shed some light on the different versions.

For many people, FAM coupled with barrier contraceptives or Sympto-thermal NFP works very well for them, they’re able to see a clear thermal shift and their cervical fluid follows the “normal” or “average” pattern.  Some people also don’t mind the cervical position and texture checks.  For me, my sleeping schedule is incredibly erradic due to work and college so I was having trouble finding a consistent time to take my temperature that included enough time for my temperature to be at it’s lowest. Additionally, I have continual cervical fluid that makes it difficult to distinguish when the fluid is fertile.  Furthermore, I don’t enjoy the cervical position/texture checks–I’m apprehensive about it mainly because it’s uncomfortable for me (very very sensitive cervix where cramping isn’t unusual) and it could lead to an infection.  However, these issues are not necessarily issues other women experience and for the most part, if I didn’t have such a hectic sleep schedule then I probably would be fine with it.  I’d say this is a great method for MOST women and I’d encourage any women to look into it even if to make trying to conceive easier.

So after blogging about my experiences and venting about the cost of Creighton Model, another version of NFP, I actually had an instructor contact me on my blog about being willing to teach the instruction at a rate that I can afford.  So I’m learning via skype.  She’s an amazing and understanding instructor.  So far, I’ve had two meetings.  Creighton focuses strictly on cervical fluid and has a very standardized approach to identifying what fluid and sensations are fertile and what are not.  It is ideal for those who like me have continual cervical fluid and it is also good for women who have reproductive disorders.  I’m not trying to knock on current OB/GYN practices of treating infertility but often times oral contraceptives are prescribed in lieu of actual treatment.  I’d suggest if you’re having a hard time trying to conceive to look into Creighton.  The creighton method also works with NaPro Technology.  Someone briefly mentioned NaPro on one of the infertility threads and got brushed off so I’m here to discuss it a bit more. 

Dr. Hilgers, a board certified OBGYN, who came up with the Creighton Model developed NaPro Technology to treat women’s infertility through surgical techniques like eliminating endometriosis (yes, he has a very high success rate at eliminating it–no more pelvic pain) and getting women who have PCOS ovulating on a regular schedule (which means that usually they conduct a wedge surgery to remove ovarian cysts).  Some of you might wonder why I’m discussing this, it’s important for those who do not know what reproductive disorders they have (or those that do know and aren’t having success with traditional OBGYN practices) to find a caring physician who will find and treat their conditions.  His success rate of achieving pregnancy is very high, I think I read his success rate is about 3x as good as IVF and other traditional OBGYN techniques.  The Creighton model has these charts that women chart their cevical mucous, if they do it diligently they can hand these charts over to Dr. Hilgers or other NaPro physicians, and they’ll be able to identify what sort of reproductive disorder they may have, then run further tests to confirm and perform surgery if necessary.  This standardized approach is important if you’re trying to conceive.

For women who don’t have reproductive disorders, it’s easier to use Creighton.  You see clear patterns and you plan accordingly to either concieve or avoid.  Every time you use the restroom (and at other times likes showering and swimming) you take a cervical fluid assessment.  You monitor this throughout the day and then at the end of the day you chart it.  You meet up with your instructor every couple of weeks and then months, and then once yearly and after every child to ensure you are conducting the checks and charting correctly.  They quiz and drill you until you know precisely what’s going on and what’s abnormal.  This is important to note for women who are entering menopause and women who have abnormal cycles.  The Creighton model has been able to identify signs of cervical cancer by charting, of course you’ll want confirmation but it’s a good tool to use to identify your fertility.

Hopefully this post is useful to anyone interested in Creighton, I’d urge them to check it out and see if it’s right for them.  If you want to know more about Creighton and don’t necessarily get much out of the websites I listed above that go straight to the source, I’d encourage you to read my instructor’s blog.  She’s awesome and she discusses a variety of NFP types/programs so it’s not all about Creighton.


Post # 14
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

thanks for the info.  I probably shouldn’t still be on these boards since I got married a little over a year ago.  I studied up on Creighton when I was engaged.  I charted for about 6 months before marrying and had a very good handle on things.  I truly loved meeting with my NFP instructor regularly and going through my charts with her.  She was very friendly and when it came to being very busy with the wedding and afterward, she always got in contact with us, asked us how we were doing, if we had any questions and if we’d like another follow up. 

We used my fertile period twice and got pregnant on the second cycle we attempted.  We informed our instructor of our pregnancy and got a nice card from her congratulating us on the pregnancy.  She then contacted us via email again around the time she expected I might deliver by and made herself available to us again.  I’ve now been charting for about a month post partem this time on excel and just sent her the file and asked to schedule up a follow up.

Something I have noticed is that Creighton does not bother with LAM or ecological breastfeeding.  I’ve still been trying to use the principals of LAM to stay anovulary, but the method doesn’t bother to teach you anything about breastfeeding and staying anovulary.  But I think that may be smart as even though breastfeeding is natural, breastfeeding can be challenging at times.

Post # 15
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@beekiss: fascinating! thanks! 🙂

Post # 16
2161 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I loved Taking Charge of your Fertility.  I have been following it since 2005 and hope to never take another birth control pill again!

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