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Verrek 12-03-2000 04:06 PM

Natural family planning
Anyone out there practicing natural family planning? If so, what do you think? I am looking into starting it with my husdand and want to get some information from those that are doing it already. Thanks.

TrickyDick 12-03-2000 10:02 PM

Re: Natural family planning
I assume you mean only having sex when you
are in the so called safe time.
If your looking to having a large family
and staying pregnant most of the time it
is a good way to go.
That is all that some religious groups will
approve I know. The funny thing is they are
not around to pay the bills or buy the food
when it is needed. The commitment and
responibility for children is lifelong, it
is a shame that in America today there are
children who have not enough to eat, wear
or a proper safe home to grow up in.

Verrek 12-07-2000 01:46 AM

Re: Natural family planning
I am inquiring about tracking your monthly cycle. Natural Family Planning is a course you take so that you will be able to track your monthly cycle. The whole issue of religion and what a religion approves of is of no bearing on my decision. The issue of people with children who can't take care of them and the church not being around to help them is of no bearing either. I do want children and am in a position to care for any children that I may have. I merely wanted to get some information from someone who is practicing natural family planning. <IMG SRC="">

TrickyDick 12-08-2000 11:09 PM

Re: Natural family planning
I doubt you will find many women here that practice "natural family planning"
Here is some info on it.

Ways to Chart Your Fertility Pattern
From Planned Parenthood Federation of America
revised July 1996

Using All These Methods Together
Using all three methods: temperature, cervical mucus, and calendar, is called the symptothermal method. The symptothermal method allows a woman to be more accurate in predicting her safe days than if she uses any one of the methods alone. When using these methods together, the signs of one can serve to confirm those of the other. For example, a record of the mucus pattern can be useful because temperature rises resulting from illness or emotional stress may be confusing. Combining methods also permits sexual relations during the early dry days, and shortens the period of abstinence necessary for complete protection when using the temperature method alone.
In the post-ovulation method, couples abstain from vaginal intercourse or use withdrawal or a barrier method from the beginning of the womanís period until the morning of the fourth day after her predicted ovulation. A woman is much less likely to be fertile after ovulation has occurred (post-ovulation). However, couples who practice the post-ovulation method must ABSTAIN from vaginal intercourse or use withdrawal or a barrier method for more than half of the womanís menstrual cycle.

How Well These Methods Work
Of 100 couples who use any of these methods for one year, 28 women will become pregnant with typical use. The failure rate is higher for single women. Combining the various methods with careful and consistent use and having no unprotected vaginal intercourse during the fertile phase can give better results.

Of 100 couples who use the temperature method for one year with perfect use, ten women will become pregnant.

Of 100 couples who use the cervical mucus method for one year with perfect use, eight women will become pregnant.

Of 100 couples who use the calendar method for one year with perfect use, fifteen women will become pregnant.

Few couples, however, are able to use these methods perfectly. These methods require keeping consistent and accurate records. Some skill is required in figuring, and the margin for error depends on how accurately signs and records are interpreted and followed. It is most important that original explanations, early coaching, and frequent follow-up be done by a professional instructor or successful users. These methods work better for women whose cycles are always the same length.

Some couples chart the womanís fertility pattern to prevent pregnancy because it is economical, safe, and can be discontinued easily when pregnancy is desired. Little equipment is needed, and calendars, thermometers, and charts are widely available. No medication is involved, which is especially appealing to women who have physical or health conditions that might make other forms of birth control less desirable or unsuitable. Medical checkups are not required, although professional instruction is important. Periodic abstinence is acceptable to most religious groups. However, if a couple decides to have vaginal intercourse during the fertile period, pregnancy is likely to occur unless they use barrier methods such as a combination of condom and foam.

Charting fertility patterns requires dedication, education, and practice. It is most effective when both partners are mature, responsible, and committed to making them work. Thatís why it is very important for both partners to learn the fundamentals and support each other in observing the abstinence or contraceptive use that is required.

Women who are breastfeeding or approaching menopause may find it more difficult to chart their fertility. Their fertile signs may vary in unpredictable ways due to irregular hormonal fluctuations. Likewise, multiorgasmic women are also likely to ovulate unpredictably.

If you are taking the Pill or any other hormonal method, you'll have to stop taking it and use another method of contraception that has no hormones, such as a barrier method (condoms, diaphragm, cervical cap), while learning fertility awareness methods. Hormones in the Pill alter the natural menstruation and fertility cycle.

Do not depend on charting your fertility pattern if:

you have irregular periods
your partner is unwilling to observe periods of abstinence from vaginal intercourse, practice withdrawal, or use barrier methods at unsafe times
you have a sexually transmitted infection or frequent abnormal discharges
you cannot keep careful records

Verrek 12-09-2000 01:19 AM

Re: Natural family planning
Thanks for the information. I appreciate it and it was very informative. I have gotten some information but what you posted was helpful. Thanks.

victoria 12-21-2000 08:33 AM

Re: Natural family planning
Just an old joke from long ago: Do you know what they call people who use the rhythm method of birth control? PARENTS!!!!

No, seriously, it's a less than perfect method. If you are TRYING to conceive, the info TD supplied is accurate and informative. If you are trying to prevent pregnancy, you will most likely get pregnant at some point. Good Luck to You!

agteach 01-06-2001 09:26 AM

Re: Natural family planning
Ia m practicing it because i am trying to get pregnant. It worked for my best rfiend she was pregnant in 6 months.. My problem is remember to take my temp in the mornign before i get up.... Are you wanting to be pregnant or not?? it will work either way if not wanting a baby you have to be more accurate....

Airyn 01-06-2001 04:18 PM

Re: Natural family planning
I am not trying this right now (like that helps you) because we know for certain that we don't want kids right now and that is just too risky. But in about a year my husband and I will start that method - so I can stop using other kinds and still try some sort of birth control but if I get pregnant it's OK. (does that make sense?)
Please keep us up to date on how you do with it.

alazay 01-12-2001 10:57 AM

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If someone is NOT trying to concieve, charting your tempatures will not help. One day your tempature might be normal, so you have sex, then two or three days later you might start to ovualate...then you could get pregnant. Sperm can live in a women's body up to five days. If a person does not want children the best way to go is birth control!

Verrek 01-25-2001 02:15 AM

Re: Natural family planning
My husband and I were looking into it to use in place of birth control. I just wanted to get some info. from those who were practicing it, what their experience with it was and if it is something we want to explore. We haven't decided yet what we want to do. But I appreciate the responses. <IMG SRC=""> (Rest assured we ARE responsible people who want children and ARE in a position to care for and have children.)

K.Kat 02-13-2001 03:21 PM

Re: Natural family planning
Hi! I've been checking out natural planning myself. So far the most promising thing I've found is kit available in the UK for detecting the time you ovulate. It still didn't sound incredibly reliable though.

LOL, I've heard the "parents" joke. Hopefully, in a few years that WILL be us!

Sinead 03-23-2001 10:29 AM

Re: Natural family planning
NFP is NOT the rhythm method. For those of you who doubt this, please go to <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A>
My husband and I have been using NFP for the past year (trying for now to avoid pregnancy) and have had no problems. The problems arise if you cannot follow rules. If you are the kind of person who can follow directions and refrain from sex if you know that this is a very fertile time, then it is a good thing for you. I feel MUCH healthier now than I did when I was on the pill and I know that my body will thank me for it!

Sinead 03-23-2001 10:33 AM

Re: Natural family planning
I failed to mention on my previous reply that if done "perfectly" (in the same manner as "perfect" use of the pill, condoms, etc.) NFP is 99% effective (really almost 100% but they don't want to say that because nothing is really 100% effective). This method is MORE effective than the pill and much more effective than any of the barrier methods.

eweejoe 03-30-2001 09:47 PM

Re: Natural family planning
I practiced this method of b/c for a year once and then a little less than a year another time (before having both of my kids-was on the pill in between). It worked for me because I was very regular with my period and I knew when I ovulated. Won't go into the gory details, but I always knew. I could count on it exactly 2 weeks after the first day of my last period, give or take a day so we just didn't have sex for 5 days before I was due to ovulate, and then 5 days after. (even though the egg only lives 24 hours)When we decided to have a children, we had sex on the day I felt I was ovulating and got pregnant the first time with each one. So, if you know your body and your cycle is fairly regular then I think it is a decent alternative. Especially since you're prepared to be parents if an 'ooops' happened. I say go for it.

Sami Girl 04-09-2001 04:24 PM

Re: Natural family planning
I am sorry to see some of the messages on this post. I also use Natural Family Planning. It is the only acceptable method for me because I have had serious or uncomfortable side effects from the other methods of birth control.

I wish that more people knew the effectiveness of the method. It's 99% if used correctly.

Good luck.

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