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Okay, so I took some NFP classes about 5-6 years ago. At that time my hubby was sterile due to a previous vasetomy that we had reversed. Since then we've had our daghter who is going to be 1 this week. So needless to say I never really used NFP to avoid pregnancy, since as soon as my hubby got his reversal we've ben trying, or at least not trying to to stop it. SO now I want to use NFP to PREVENT pregnancy, at least until my baby is a little older, but I'm kind of rusty on al this stuff. SO I was wondering if you ladies had any advice on how to ease back into this. I always kept a paper chart of my cycles before, is that what most of you would recommend or should I switch to an online chart? Thanks for any advice and guidance!
It doesn't really matter if you chart online or on paper, whatever is easiest for you (just don't rely on Fertility Friend for avoiding purposes, it's not designed for that and isn't really compatible with most methods of NFP).
Since post partum charting can be a little confusing AND since you've never actually had to avoid before, I would highly reccomend contacting an instructor in the method you learned for a post partum refresher. Having someone to walk you through it will ease the confusion substantially, and help you avoid unnecessary abstinence. If you need any help tracking someone down, feel free to PM me - let me know where you live and your NFP method of choice.
Just FYI, if you are fully breastfeeding the first 56 days post partum are infertile. You can also continue to consider yourself infertile after that IF (and only IF):
- you continue to breastfeed fully, meaning that baby gets all nutrition from the breast
- you have no bleeding or spotting after 56 days post partum
- baby is under 6 months of age.
When any of those conditions changes, you cannot consider yourself infertile anymore. The chance of pregnancy is less than 2% if you meet these criteria, according to the Bellagio Consensus.
Best wishes and congrats on the successful reversal and your new little one!