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May 23rd, 2009, 10:30 AM
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Hi, ladies! I've been lurking here for a few days, but now I'm ready to jump into this FAM stuff with both feet, so I wanted to introduce myself. I'm Penelope, and my DB is J (both 24). We have one angel, and we're WTTC until an unknown time (but no later then April, 2011, which is what my ticker reflects).

A little bit of background...I only had one regular cycle after the D&C on Feb 7, before I started the birth control pill, Yaz. My first pill was on May 3, and I stopped taking it yesterday. After doing more research on the way that the pill works and the possible side effects of it, I've decided that it is not an option for me. Yesterday, I also picked up the book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler (because it was recommended to me for the purpose of informing yourself about your own body, not because of FAM), and I can't put it down! It's really interesting and informative.

The only reason I'm still on the fence about FAM at this point is because I don't really want to have to wake up early EVERY single morning to temp

Anyway, thank you for reading! I'm looking forward to getting to know you all.
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May 23rd, 2009, 10:35 AM
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Welcome and congratulations on going drug-free!!! There are several former Pill users around here and I hope they'll pop in to tell you how much better they feel off it.

As for temping, you don't have to wake up early, just temp whenever your usual waking time is. It just has to be around the same time every day.

OR there's also the option of mucus-only systems of charting if temping is going to be way too much of a hassle for you. By working with a teacher, you can easily learn to identify your times of fertility and infertility with the CM alone. The Billings Ovulation Method and the Creighton Model are the two most popular systems of mucus-only charting (but don't believe everything you hear about them in TCOYF...that's my only gripe with the book! Toni's perspective on Billings isn't entirely accurate.)

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May 23rd, 2009, 12:19 PM
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May 23rd, 2009, 08:32 PM
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Welcome! I am a former Pill user and now NFPer! LOL!

I was on the pill for 6 years for "medical" reasons. I won't go into all the specifics, but I was having too frequent periods and very sharp pains all through my cycle. I went off it once my husbands company was going to get us health insurance and I wanted to see if my body would revert back to what it did 6 years previous. It didn't. We got pregnant without trying (well we were DTD - just not preventing). I read TCOYF before DH and I married and it seemed ideal but I was still afraid of the frequent periods and pain at that point. About 6 months after I had my son and my DH was getting cranky at not being able to DTD very often cause I was afraid we would get pregnant I looked into NFP. I too am not thrilled about waking up to temp everyday and my son was still waking to nurse so I couldn't be sure I would get the same amount of sleep every night or even if I would be in my bed when it was time to temp (I woke up many times to my alarm from my son's room with him asleep in my arms after nursing) so we used BOM (Billings Ovulation Method) because it didn't require temping. I took the Online instruction and I still have my instructor checking my chart and we are now trying to get pregnant. I used BOM to avoid for 10 months and we have been TTC for 18 months, and I am even temping AND doing BOM now.

Good Luck going BC Free! I took yaz before but didn't like it - I primarily used Ortho Tri Cyclen.
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June 3rd, 2009, 07:09 PM
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Thank you for the warm welcome, ladies!
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Welcome, I think you'll enjoy using FAM when you get used to it!
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