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why aren't dr's and nurses more informed on FAM and NFP?

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April 29th, 2009, 04:02 PM
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I went to the public health office yesterday to get my blood pressure checked. I used to get my birth control pills from there. So when I was talking to the nurse (the one I have seen every time I have gone in), she asked me what we were doing for birth control. I told her FAM. She said to me, in a very catty tone, "do you want to get pregnant?" Of course I told her no, but does she really think that it's not an effective form of birth control? Or did she just assume that I wasn't informed enough about it to use it right? If that was the case, she sure didn't offer me any information about it. It just got to me a little, I don't want her to assume that we are being irresponsible or something.
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April 29th, 2009, 04:42 PM
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Tell me about it.

When I was going to school for nursing, the only thing we heard about NFP was the Rhythm/Calender Method. We didn't learn anything how a woman can monitor her fertility. We were engaged then and taking an NFP course, I learned far more from that than I did in my Nursing program. At the time, I didn't feel qualified enough to address that. So....last year, I approached the school I graduated from and asked if I could come in a give an NFP presentation to the Nursing students. I was there in January, did a 2 hour presentation, and it was very well received. They would like it to be a regular fixture for first year nursing students, as part of their unit on fertility/conception/prenatal development. I can't wait to go back!

I have encountered countless doctors who are completely clueless about it. But I have also run into the odd one who is informed, and that's really a treat!
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May 2nd, 2009, 05:09 PM
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It makes me mad sometimes. I mean, it's fairly simple, completely natural and has no side effects. You would think more people would be supportive!!
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May 2nd, 2009, 06:33 PM
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I have my annual Gyn. appointment next month and I'm worried my doctor or a nurse will give me the same type of reaction when I tell her I don't need another BCP prescription. I just started going to this doc last year and she is young and strikes me as very intelligent, so I'm betting she knows her stuff. I just hope she has a good opinion of FAM.
Michele - wife to Jason and mommy to Vincent (7/12/10) and Maggie (4/16/14)

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May 2nd, 2009, 07:57 PM
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When I talked to a doctor recently, she asked if I needed more BCP's and I said I didn't as I was using FAM as my birth control now. She kept saying that she could offer me many other forms of birth control if I didn't want to be on the pill anymore. I told her I was happy using FAM and that I didn't need any more info about other types of birth control. She was very pushy and kept repeating herself, saying if I ever did need any more info, then to come in and make another appointment to see her, as she clearly didn't think FAM was a good method of birth control!

I find it strange that people in the medical professional don't know more about it!
~ Tasha ~
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