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November 17th, 2007, 08:16 PM
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Hi! I'm Amy, married to Pat for over five years, and mother to 2. I recently got my first postpartum period, and it just finished after two weeks. DH and I decided to try NFP or maybe FAM, not really sure yet, from now on. He's really worried about the health side effects of artificial birth control. Plus, we are Catholic and have decided to try and follow the church's teachings a bit more closely.

I have no idea where to begin with any of this, especially NFP. I don't have any special thermometers, and I've never been that good at checking CM. I have always had a normal 28 day cycle, and I can almost always tell when I'm ovulating because of mild cramping. I am kind of lazy when it comes to be consistent on things, meaning that I'm not sure that I would necessarily want to temp everyday. However, I haven't completely given up on that option. I'd prefer not to have to use ovulation predictors every month either. With this information, can anyone suggest a good way of going about this? How much are basil thermometers (that's what they're called, right?), and where do you get them? How much work is involved?

I noticed that there's a FAQ section, but I wasn't sure which method even to read about.

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November 17th, 2007, 08:28 PM
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Welcome Amy!!! Will do my best to address your questions, keep asking if anything is unclear!

There are 3 forms of NFP that do not require the use of basal body temperatures at all, but proper training in any of those methods is essential in order to use them successfully to avoid pregnancy. They are the Billings Ovulation Method (what I teach IRL), the Creighton Model, and Family of the Americas Ovulation Method. You may want to read through the NFP Method Comparison in the Resource sticky to learn more about those 3 and go from there.

Hope that's a bit of a start anyway!

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November 18th, 2007, 03:02 PM
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Thanks so much! I'll have to check out those links.
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Hiya, Amy! It's good to see you here. DH and I are teachers for CCL; we teach the sympto-thermal method. That's one that uses temps, and I'm not as familiar with the mucus-only methods.

I hope I'm not overstepping any bounds here, but since you mentioned you are Catholic I wanted to suggest some "supplemental" reading. www.christopherwest.com He gives beautiful explanations of the "why" of NFP.
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November 19th, 2007, 01:09 PM
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Hiya, Amy! It's good to see you here. DH and I are teachers for CCL; we teach the sympto-thermal method. That's one that uses temps, and I'm not as familiar with the mucus-only methods.

I hope I'm not overstepping any bounds here, but since you mentioned you are Catholic I wanted to suggest some "supplemental" reading. www.christopherwest.com He gives beautiful explanations of the "why" of NFP. [/b]
Thanks, Jennifer! I'll have to check that out.

BTW, how much are basel thermometers (those are the ones used, right?)? I might try that method instead, but I haven't completely decided yet. Thanks!
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November 19th, 2007, 02:38 PM
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I haven't bought one in a long time, but they shouldn't cost much more than any other good digital thermometer. I've seen them at walmart but didn't notice the price. But, yes, you do want to get a basal thermometer because they are more accurate.
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BTW, how much are basel thermometers (those are the ones used, right?)? I might try that method instead, but I haven't completely decided yet. Thanks![/b]

They are about $12.
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