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June 20th, 2011, 04:11 PM
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So I do the exclusive breast feeding thing, the no paci thing, nursing on demand, no pumping, no bottles, etc, etc... mostly b/c I think it's best for my baby, but also because I want to avoid my fertility for as long as I can as well, lol. I figure my natural infertility will be a "buffer" for me so that if I don't know NFP like the back of my hand yet (I don't), chances are still very slim that I will conceive b/c I'm stretching out my natural infertility. At least, that's the plan, and it did work last time.

ANYway, I know that with these practices I can consider myself reliably infertile up to 6 months or I have bleeding or I start supplementing.

My question is, during this time (up to 6 months PP), can I completely ignore any mucus patches?

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June 20th, 2011, 04:59 PM
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If no spotting and no bottling (pumping), then you can ignore the mucus patches up to 6 months with a 2% chance of pregnancy. But I do know at least one lady who must have been in that 2%. I recommend charting right away for 2 reasons - extra safeguard against being in that 2% and it's much easier to establish your infertile pattern early on before your fertiltiy starts to return. Establishing your BIP later can help break up the abstinence later, when your fertility starts to return. But that's just a matter of personal preference.
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June 20th, 2011, 05:28 PM
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I am attempting to chart now... meaning I'm starting to pay attention to my mucus, moods, headaches, etc., and trying to remember to temp, but I've only remembered a handful of times. That's why I wanted to start now... b/c it takes me a while to get into the habit of taking my temp BEFORE I get up to pee or get out of bed and remember.

But I've been writing down my mucus observations everyday and have been writing down a lot of W's for "wet." I wasn't sure if I should be concerned. I'm pretty sure my BIP is just that really thin wet mucus that some people call "rice water." But I will have to track it for 2 weeks to make sure.

BTW, do you think it's impossible to establish your BIP while NOT abstaining? Esp. b/c I suspect mine is a wet, it may be a little more wet the day after intercourse, but it's not like I'm dry most of the time and then the wetness post-intercourse may be confused with a mucus patch. YKWIM?

You will find one thing about me is I try to avoid all the unnecessary abstinence I can. LOL ...not as much for my sake as for my husband's.
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June 20th, 2011, 09:40 PM
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You can still identify the BIP without abstaining, but it will take longer than the 2 weeks because of all the interruptions. Really important to clarify the charting itself with an instructor when you think you've identified a BIP. No need to stress about the temps though, they won't help with the BIP anyway.
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June 21st, 2011, 12:35 PM
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Really important to clarify the charting itself with an instructor when you think you've identified a BIP.
Can you spell out what u mean by this? I'm a little dense. You mean I should "confirm" my BIP with an instructor before I rely on it?
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June 21st, 2011, 12:51 PM
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Can you spell out what u mean by this? I'm a little dense. You mean I should "confirm" my BIP with an instructor before I rely on it?

Yes, especially if you're going to be establishing it with intercourse interruptions. It won't matter so much now while you're covered by LAM, but after you're not covered anymore - it will be really important to have correctly identified the BIP in the first place. You could also just wait until after you're out of LAM, abstain 2 weeks and establish it then. If your fertiltiy is returning at that point though, it may be harder to identify.
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June 22nd, 2011, 02:25 PM
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I found BIP really hard to figure out during LAM, after my cycle returned and I had that time of practice it has been easier.
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