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6 Responses to Natural Family Planning: The Basics

  1. Batrice Adcock, MSN, RN

    Hi, great post! Just to clarify for your readers, it’s not actually recommended anymore to do an internal check. A simple external check by blotting the vulva with tissue paper has been shown to be more effective–make it a habit. Check when you go to the bathroom, both before and after voiding. Mucus can be lost in the process of voiding, but can also be brought down to the vulva. After the learning phase, it is fine to just check after voiding.

    And, based on a recent study, symptothermal methods are up to 99.6% effective.

    I look forward to seeing your other posts. I teach the Marquette Method, which is a symptothermal method–there are two versions, one that focuses on mucus and temp., and one that incorporates a fertility monitor. Basically, the method provides many options–charting just mucus, which is fine for most people after the learning phase, and up to 99% effective; or charting mucus with temp. and/or monitor. More info. on their website at: http://nfp.marquette.edu/index.php

  2. Amy  

    I do not particularly identify with any one religion, but I did use the Creighton Model successfully between children at one point. It was a great experience in recognizing my body’s signals and working with them. Thank you for the informative article 🙂

  3. Hannah  

    I do not ovulate on day 14, and I love NFP. We used NFP to postpone pregnancy for the first 2+ years of marriage, and then conceived in the first cycle of trying thanks to the information that NFP provided us. It also provided me with a much more accurate due date, which helped me stick to my guns when my doctor wanted to induce labor based on a last menstrual period due date, which differed by 10 days from the one I had calculated based on my temperature shift at ovulation.

  4. Batrice Adcock, MSN, RN

    I had a similar due date conflict based on my chart. The nurse midwife eventually changed the “official” due date to reflect my chart!

  5. Ruth86

    I also have no religious issues about contraceptive (I am Christian) but I do not feel that the Pill and such are true contraceptives, as they can cause an early abortive effect which I did not know when I first used them. I used the Creighton model taught by my endometriosis specialist (a fertility specialist) which showed my hormonal problems (particularly low progesterone). I fell pregnant at a time I was assured by a doctor that I could not have had my fertility return (after the hormonal contraceptive I was then on) and knowing that I had ovulated I also knew the due date. When I fell pregnant with our second child, the due date I was first given was in May based on my LMP. Eventually the doctors put my due date at June 12th!! Now that is quite some difference in the development of a baby in utero! (He came at 25 weeks, so it was also good to know when I ovulated to decide that we did want to administer medical care to him). It really is a very useful thing to learn your body’s (or your partner’s body) fertile signs. These systems certainly are accurate when you practise them properly. Thank you for posting!!

  6. Batrice Adcock, MSN, RN

    A very helpful resource on the abortifacient nature of all forms of hormonal contraception–some are primarily abortifacient–“The Birth Control Pill: Concerns for Christian Women” by Dr. Martha Garza, OB/Gyn and Reproductive Endocrinologist. It is a 7 minute talk that can be downloaded for free at: http://www.giftfoundation.org/products_family.cfm

    It is an excellent resource for briefly sharing the facts on this with people.

    Batrice Adcock, MSN, RN
    cssnfp@charlottediocese.org