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August 12th, 2011, 08:34 PM
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Anyone using NFP during this trasitional time of their life? I am committed to not using artificial birth control for health and religious reasons, but the signs now are getting harder to read. In my circle, people tend to abandon NFP when it gets this hard. Would love to hear others experiences.
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August 13th, 2011, 07:02 PM
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I am not there yet but I'm sorry for the frustration. I hope someone else can help you out!
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I can relate to frustrations, but I'm still in my 20s so not from the same source. Sorry.
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August 23rd, 2011, 05:45 PM
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Not me, but I coached several clients though it. I find that those who were used to regular cycles never had a lot of practice with applying the rules in irregular situations, so they kind of have to re-learn NFP when peri-menopause starts to affect things. This is probably when some people quit NFP, rather than learning how to adapt NFP to fit this particular time of life. Some types of NFP are much more restrictive during those years than others as well, so I've noticed that a lot of "regular" women switch methods during peri-menopause to avoid unnecessary abstinence.

In short, peri-menopause is a good time for an NFP refresher.
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August 30th, 2011, 06:34 AM
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Not me, but I coached several clients though it. I find that those who were used to regular cycles never had a lot of practice with applying the rules in irregular situations, so they kind of have to re-learn NFP when peri-menopause starts to affect things. This is probably when some people quit NFP, rather than learning how to adapt NFP to fit this particular time of life. Some types of NFP are much more restrictive during those years than others as well, so I've noticed that a lot of "regular" women switch methods during peri-menopause to avoid unnecessary abstinence.

In short, peri-menopause is a good time for an NFP refresher.
You are so right! A few years ago, I added the temp. taking to the Creighton method because I was not finding cm to be reliable. This time is like breastfeeding. Lots of unpredictible cm, but my temps are very accurate---right now.
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August 30th, 2011, 10:36 AM
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Yes it is a lot like breastfeeding! We used Creighton for awhile too and I found that it didn't help me sort out complicated mucus patterns as much as I'd hoped it would. I have PCOS, so my cycles look like breastfeeding charts all the time. We switched to Billings and that made it much easier to understand my complicated CM patterns; to tell what's infertile discharge and what is truly fertile.

I'd say hang on to your thermometer for now, but sooner of later you'll start ovulating less frequently - so you won't see shifts as often. If you experience dry days, keep to the pre-peak rules and you'll be fine. If you continue to have continuous mucus, it might be worth learning Billings so you can figure out what is infertile discharge and what isn't. Or check in with your Fertility Care Practitioner for yellow stamp instruction. Then you won't have to abstain more than necessary once you start ovulating less frequently.
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Thanks, that is good to know.
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