Natural Family Planning... tips?

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Natural Family Planning... tips?
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Wed, 03-10-2010 - 12:30pm

Ok, so I've been very nervous to try out natural family planning... but I've been thinking about it for a while, knowing it's the right thing to do, and I finally got up the courage to remove my horrid IUD.

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Wed, 03-10-2010 - 10:47pm
I started by using a basal body thermometer and charting to figure out when I was ovulating etc.
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Thu, 03-11-2010 - 5:26pm

I taught myself using the book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility." Some people prefer "The Art of Natural Family Planning," but I found it to be morally heavy-handed and sort of uber-Catholic. I'm Catholic, but my husband isn't, and I just wanted a how-to guide. I found "TCOYF" very easy to follow.

(Please forgive me if you already know everything I'm about to say, it's more for the benefit of possible lurkers.) Keep in mind that NFP isn't supposed to be birth control the way other methods are. You're not trying to prevent pregnancy with NFP, you're trying to "space" it. You have to be open to the possibility that you might get pregnant, which of course you have with any form of BC but some forms are more likely to "fail" than others. If you're truly practicing NFP, a pregnancy is not a "failure," it's an invitation from God to follow His will, not yours. That's a lot harder than the how-to of NFP, the mechanics of which are actually much easier than most people expect.

Good luck!

Kelly

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Thu, 03-11-2010 - 6:19pm

I learned NFP through CCL's home study course 18+ yrs ago...... it is very doable to learn with their course...

I highly recommend it www.ccli.org

Renee


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Thu, 03-11-2010 - 6:21pm

When DH has been out of work or my medical issues were an issue, we chose to abstain completely or have an approach of no sex the first two weeks of the cycle --- by Megan.....

in a typical 28 day cycle that means you abstained on days 1 (beginning of your period) through day 14.... so you started relations during a usual fertile phase......

I recommend CCL's course so that folks can learn multiple signs - temps, mucous and cervix (although I never used that)

Renee


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Mom to: Madeleine, James, Abigail, Theresa & John


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Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Thu, 03-11-2010 - 6:25pm

.....Keep in mind that NFP isn't supposed to be birth control the way other methods are.......

NFP is not birth control because one is not putting anything between the spouses... no chemicals, no devices, nothing....

.....You're not trying to prevent pregnancy with NFP, you're trying to "space" it.........

The latest issue of CCL's magazine talks about Responsible Parenthood...and there are certainly times where a couple is trying not to get pregnant instead of just postponing... and that is acceptable by Catholic moral standards.

.....You have to be open to the possibility that you might get pregnant, which of course you have with any form of BC but some forms are more likely to "fail" than others.....

NFP has a very high 'success' rate....

Renee


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Mom to: Madeleine, James, Abigail, Theresa & John


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Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Thu, 03-11-2010 - 6:26pm

http://www.ccli.org/nfp/basics/effectiveness-p01.php

the above is an article on the effectiveness of NFP

Renee


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Mom to: Madeleine, James, Abigail, Theresa & John


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Renee


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Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Thu, 03-11-2010 - 10:12pm
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Fri, 03-12-2010 - 9:37am
iVillage has a pretty cool new tool that they call their Ovulation Calculator + Fertility Calculator. You might find this useful for NFP.


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Fri, 03-12-2010 - 10:40pm

Couple to couple league is incredible.


I thought I was the know it all cosmo girl back in 1994 when dh and I were planning to get married.

 
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Mon, 03-15-2010 - 8:01pm

Wow. Thank you all for the great responses. I will check out the links... I really appreciate the information!!

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