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Pregnancy Investigations (NFP only)

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May 24th, 2009, 09:44 AM
ShawnaCAN's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Has anyone ever had a pregnancy investigation? That's an investigation NFP teachers conduct when a pregnancy occurs despite consistent charting and following all the rules. It evaluates whether the pregnancy was a true NFP method surprise (1% chance), teaching-related error, user-error, etc.
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May 24th, 2009, 01:31 PM
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May 24th, 2009, 05:06 PM
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Hmmm, not really. I thought that with NFP, there aren't really any unexplained "surprises" and that NFP (to TTA) is generally 99% (or so) reliable with the remaining 1% (or so) being human-error, period. I mean, if you follow all the rules, there shouldn't be surprises, no? Unless you make the error. I know that our 2nd pregnancy resulted from an error that we made because we got a little "too confident" in our self teaching.
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May 24th, 2009, 09:05 PM
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There can be teaching related errors - in which case they will evaluate whether the teacher needs some additional training. They take that pretty seriously because while most couples would probably survive a surprise, we do also work with clients that have grave, grave reasons to avoid pregnancy (medications which can affect a fetus, life-threatening complications from pregnancy, etc). So if couples are being poorly taught by someone, most NFP organizations want to know about that for quality control purposes.

But in almost all cases that I've seen, NFP related pregnancies occur because of:
1. Little to no NFP training
2. Broken rule (knowingly or unknowingly)
3. Falling into a Rhythm/Calender mentality rather than relying on daily evidence. (Oh we should be fine, it's CD23 and I ALWAYS ovulate way before CD23......) I guess this would technically be the same thing as # 2.

You should see the Pregnancy Investigation form I'm supposed to fill out and send to headquarters in Aussie an unexplained pregnancy ever happens. I was just curious if anyone's actually ever filled one of these things out! I'm pretty sure CCL has something similar, I know Creighton does too.
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