I read about the connection btwn vasectomy and dementia maybe 3-4 years ago, a very small study. Does anyone know of anything newer or more extensive? It really concerns me too. Dh wouldn't hesitate to get a vas, and it would be more affordable than a tubal, but he too has a family history of dementia. I think I'd rather abort than watch his mind disintegrate, btdt with my mom. I'd get a tubal in a heartbeat if we had insurance or any way to pay for it. Would be willing to try an IUD if I knew I could get it removed easily, but again, with no ins. or money, I'm afraid I'll be stuck with something I can't afford to change. The county health dept. doesn't have any family planning services, and the local PA is Catholic, so I live in a county with NO family planning options whatsoever. Oh, wait, NFP, the PA encouraged me to do that. Sigh.
I got my period! Now what to do about birth control???? - Page 2
No worries! NFP/Billings is typically the underdog in these discussions and, as someone who has benefited from it, I want to make sure it gets its fair shake :) Good point about headspace and having more kids.
We have loved NFP for over a dozen years, but we also are open to lots of kids. Currently we have 5 (ages 9, 7, 5, 3 and 1 ... all planned, and spaced by ecological bfeeding). Currently I feel overwhelmed and am 2 periods back, so we are still using NFP and just avoiding sex when I'm fertile. (don't get me started on NFP while nursing, though ... can you say Russian Roulette?!). We are Catholic and won't use condoms, but until your cycles are nice and regular, that's not a bad idea! As for me, if my husband and I are not having any type of sex while I'm fertile and are following NFP, we have been just fine. If I get pregnant despite this, however, we just think it's meant to be and welcome baby #6 into our lives/bed/my breasts!!!!!
It's all so personal!
It's probably worth mentioning for anyone wondering that the difference between the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) and Natural Family Planning (NFP) is that NFP users abstain during the fertile period (approx 10 days if you're being conservative) while FAM users allow the option of a barrier method during fertile days. Both of these have a method failure rate of about 2%, about equal to the condom.