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NFP resources, advice

I've been on NuvaRing for about six months now, and am 90% happy with it.  However, my DH and I were waiting until the wedding day (Nov 6) to have sex.  I noticed a low sex drive before the wedding, but I attributed that to wedding stress, and knowing that I wasn't supposed to be having sex anyway.  Now though, our sex life is kind of lacking, and I have very little drive.  So, I'm theorizing that it's secondary to the BC, and am looking into switching to NFP.  We aren't ready for a child yet, but plan to start trying in the next 18-24 months.  A baby before then would really put a damper on our current plans.  So, I'm looking for your experience with NFP, and I could also use recommendations for great websites or books on it.  Thanks!
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Re: NFP resources, advice

  • Buy "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" now.

    Trust me.

    Use a diaphragm for birth control in the meantime. 

  • http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/2f9907

    There's a link to my chart, you can sign up for free from there. It's a useful tool! I would also suggest using a diaphragm and NFP at the same time.

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    Buy "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" now.

    Trust me.

    Use a diaphragm for birth control in the meantime. 

    THIS times 1000.  It's a fantastic book whether you're looking to prevent pregnancy without aids, medications, or devices, or maximize your chances of getting pregnant.  Should be required reading for every woman.

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  • Like the above posts - buy the book and read it.  After being forced off BC pills due to high blood pressure this is the only method we are currently using and have been successful at preventing for the past 6 months.  I like knowing exactly what's going on with my body.  ( I also noticed an increase in sex drive after being off the pill for a few weeks!)

    In addition to reading the book spend some time online reading at fertility friend or other NFP sites.  It was helpful for me to read the blogs and see what kind of things others were experiencing, advise, and tips etc.  

     Good Luck! 

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  • TCOYF is a great resource.  You might want to look into taking NFP classes through a Catholic church.  You do not have to be Catholic to take the class.  If I'm remembering correctly it cost us $75 for the class and that includes "The Art of Natural Family Planning" and a basal thermometer.  I found the book to be rather dry and technical which is why I bought TCOYF.

    As far as NFP goes - my DH and I were able to avoid for a little over 2 years.  When we were ready to TTC we were successful quickly.  If you have nothing against barriers you could try FAM (fertility awareness method).  The only difference between NFP and FAM is whether or not you are abstinent during the fertile period (NFP) or use a barrier during the fertile period (FAM). There are times sex will take a little planning - especially if you use NFP.

  • When DH and I started using NFP, which we love, we went to an information/training evening and then got set up with a personal NFP trainer. We had a really thorough meeting with her where all the ins and outs of NFP got explained to us both, and then after she was available to contact by phone or email with any ?s I had. In fact, for the 1st couple of months she would call me to see how my charting was going. This was invaluable to me as I actually had a harder time getting started on NFP than I expected and it took me a few months to feel confident with it.

    I'm sure books and websites are great (I've heard good things about TCOYF), but maybe see if your Dr (or an internet search) can refer you to any local NFP organizations that provide this sort of in-person training and support. 

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    When DH and I started using NFP, which we love, we went to an information/training evening and then got set up with a personal NFP trainer. We had a really thorough meeting with her where all the ins and outs of NFP got explained to us both, and then after she was available to contact by phone or email with any ?s I had. In fact, for the 1st couple of months she would call me to see how my charting was going. This was invaluable to me as I actually had a harder time getting started on NFP than I expected and it took me a few months to feel confident with it.

    I'm sure books and websites are great (I've heard good things about TCOYF), but maybe see if your Dr (or an internet search) can refer you to any local NFP organizations that provide this sort of in-person training and support. 

     

    We took a similar approach by learning the Creighton Model of fertility care. We loved the one-on-one training and the thoroughness of this model, especially for those who may have some fertility issues (irregular cycles, hormonal issues etc). Here is the national website which offers contact information for various states as well as general info: http://www.fertilitycare.org/

    Like others have said, we're thrilled with NFP. I love knowing what my body is doing and not worrying about the side effects of other forms of birth control. 

     

  • I've read that you should take your BBT at the same time everyday.  I work midnights, and my sleep schedule varies day by day, so this is not possible for me.  Do you think this will make a huge difference?  Are there ways to work around this?
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