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So yesterday I had my Paragard removed at my 2nd visit to the ER in a week. I am SO happy to not have to worry about it anymore...I was having severe pain and when the Dr looked, he said that the IUD was sitting on my cervix. Uhh, yeah! So never again!! I told my husband we're going to just have to go with using the condom...at least until we figure something else out. Hormonal BC has never been my friend, but it hasn't really caused severe problems for me either. It was mostly my mood and weight that changed while I was on it and I'd rather not go back to it but if I have to then I have to.
I got to thinking about the NFP method...I don't know how well it'll go for me. But can someone please explain to me how it works and what all has to be done? Also, how effective is it with and without a backup method? We really can't afford another baby right now and Eric really hates the idea of condoms because one of his sons were a result of condom failure. So although I trust them because they've never failed me, I would still like a 2nd method especially since we're talking about waiting at least 4 years to start ttc.
It's depends on which method of NFP you go with, but most have effectiveness rates between 96-99% without a back up method. Condoms actually reduce the effectiveness of NFP. That's because they can interfere with your ability to tell when you're fertile and when you're not. Secondly, if you use one when you're fertile - there's still a chance of pregnancy if it fails. If you abstain (as NFP recommends) when you're fertile, there's no chance of conception at all.
With NFP, you learn to track your fertility day by day. No predictions or calculations based on previous cycles, you evaluate the evidence your body gives you each day. By keeping to the infertile times in your cycle, you can avoid conception effectively.
The most effective way to learn a method of NFP is by taking a class and working closely with an instructor. An instructor can guide you through it, step by step, until you're confident. Trying to learn it on your own is much more confusing.
There are several different kinds of NFP - you can learn more about them if you hop on over to the NFP/FAM Board. We use (and I teach) the Billings Ovulation Method. We've never experienced a surprise with it.