Natural Family Planning
Here’s the thing, my friends… I have baby fever*. Big time. O will soon be two years old and his baby days are quickly winding down. Each day we watch him become more a little boy and less a baby, more his own person and less of an extension of his mama (or papa). It’s all so bittersweet.
I get a lot of questions from readers (usually via email) regarding all kinds of topics. A favorite is family planning. So, here it goes…
My body has pretty much rejected every artificial form of birth control I’ve tried. I’m not sure it’s necessary to get into the specifics, but let’s just say I was beyond relieved when B and I got married and started looking into more natural (gentle) family planning methods. Once we found a method that would work for us whether trying to conceive or prevent pregnancy, we were thrilled.
B and I have been practicing the Fertility Awareness Method since very early in our marriage. It does require some diligence and personal responsibility but the upside is that it is effective (for us anyway) and gentle. It’s important to be kind to ourselves and treat our bodies with respect. Filling my body with synthetic hormones or foreign devices has never ended well for me.
Another plus to using FAM is that once we decided to conceive O, I was already so in tune with my body I knew exactly when I was ovulating… No tests or kits required!
Some resources that have helped us along the way:
- Taking Charge of Your Fertility~ I cannot sing enough praise for this book! It should be required reading for everyone. You may even be able to find it at your local library.
- Fertility Friend~ Whether trying to conceive or not, charting truly is helpful! FF has a free option as well as a more in-depth paid option. I use the free option in conjunction with the charting method outlined in TCOYF.
- Please keep in mind, I would never suggest FAM to anyone not in a completely monogamous healthy relationship.
- I am by no means a family planning expert of any kind; I am merely sharing what works for us. Please speak to a healthcare professional for help choosing what is right for you.
*I’m telling you those babywearing meetings with all the sweet little squishies aren’t helping much either! Oy. Pardon me, do you mind if I inhale your child for a moment? *sigh*