My husband and I practice Natural Family Planning. It was something we decided to do based solely on the fact that it is the only Catholic approved "birth control" method. But, it quickly became more than that - for me especially. I really liked the natural aspect. I appreciate that it is all you and your body showing you signs that you can decipher, rather than your antibiotic reacting with your birth control pill. Plus, it is something you can do all the time - including during breastfeeding. I know the mini-pill is out there, but I find it creepy to take birth control while breastfeeding - the baby has enough postpartum hormones from the pregnancy alone!
Unfortunately, I think the book they give you during the pre-marriage counseling is awful. And, in an effort to sell NFP, they shortchange you on the amount of learning you have to do. I found that very frustrating. It seemed so easy to me, take my temp, check the toilet paper - good to go! Not so much! Temperature is a lagging indicator and affected by so much, it cannot be the primary indicator. Secondly, the toilet paper may or may not give you enough information based on how your mucus works. Internal checks were briefly discussed, but did not seem necessary. Because I did not throw myself into learning NFP, I was not too surprised to find out we were pregnant 3 months in to marriage! And then, breastfeeding totally changes your cycles, so I was not able to really get back into a groove before getting pregnant again.
Luckily, I stumbled across this highly touted book: Taking Charge of Your Fertility. My friend turned me on to this awesome charting website: Fertility Friend. After the baby was born, I read and studied and practiced abstinence for so long I thought we would both go crazy! But I learned. And I freaking love what I learned! I am committed to doing internal checks - something that totally freaked out my "never owned/wanted a vibrator, I'll stay out of there, thank you" self. It is the most accurate reading, and it is so simple. Back when I got pregnant with #3 (who I miscarried), I had a cold and took some Mucinex after I ovulated. Based on my chart, I figured I was in the clear, even though my mucus said otherwise. Now, I know I need to listen to what it tells me and remember that the chart is just a reference guide, not my fertility bible.
If you are considering NFP, I highly recommend doing it just to see how great it can be to go all natural and forget about hormones! If you have any questions, let me know. I am no expert on NFP, but I do know some people who have been doing it for a while and could answer anything I cannot.
Now we are considering the Creighton Model. The class is expensive, but I heard it is worth it, so we are considering...Anyone heard anything about this model? Anyone use it? If so, comment with your review!