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Can someone please talk to me about Natural Family Planning as contraception?
Before you say it, I know it's not 100%. I am quite prepared to have another baby if it happened but would prefer to wait abit longer, but when push comes to shove (no pun intended ) it is far from the end of the world if I became pregnant.
So... having said all that, has anyone used this method as a contraception? How effective was it? Is it very hard to manage? And no.1 Q is what does it entail? All I know is it's something to do with checking your temperature etc, but I am sure there is a whole load more to it than that.
Google Billings ovulation method - it makes for pretty interesting reading, and I did find some research on Pubmed to back it up. I was doing the opposite to you, mind, so wasn't focussing on the contraceptive issues!
We used it quite successfully for the last 10 years, but our method involves a fair bit of 'abstinence' from penetrative sex. Originally I did do some temping to work out my cycle, but don't bother any more. Basically we have careful sex for a week in the middle of the cycle, and extra careful when I am obviously ovulating (mucous).
It definately worked, because when TTC with DD we got there in the first month! This pregnancy took a bit longer, probably because I'm still breastfeeding.
I would totally recommend reading up on it and doing all temping etc. to establish how regular your cycle is. You also do have to be prepared for an unexpected pregnancy because it isn't 100% (though in my experience it has been).
Is there any that do not involve err... putting your fingers inside? I think I read that was a method, checking something up there but I do not think I can do that (pain wise) I shall google that method, thanks
There was a similar thread to this a short while ago. here
I use NFP. I temp. I track cervical fluid (you do not need to put your fingers up just look at it) You can also feel wether your cervix is open or closed but I don't
And I use a Persona machine these are 94% effective which is the same as a diaphragm. You pee on a stick and it analyses the hormones.
This website is great it gives you lots of info fertilityuk got indicators. You can print off charts from here too.
I would agree with the abstinence bit. We don't tend to have sex at all at the beginning of my cycle (running up to ovulation) From the calculation on the chart you subtract 20 days from your shortest cycle to find you most fertile day and for me that is day three so therefore not much action in our house.
Because I think I would like a bit more sex I am consdering a diaphragm to use at this time
The Toni Weschler book is excellent, a very easy read.