Originally Posted by lactatinggirl
Bleh I hate condoms. :-P
I like the idea of a diaphragm, but my husband is convinced that he'll be able to feel it. Any experience with that?
I also like the idea of charting, but it does seem daunting. Could someone give me a brief overview? I'm going to check out that book from the library too and check it out. Hopefully I can get through enough of it before Wednesday when I have my appointment to take my IUD out. Do I need to use a different barrier method while figuring out my cycles? Do you just not have sex during the 5-ish days when you're fertile? Are cycles always the exact same? How easy is it to foul up?
My partner can't feel my diaphragm. I'm pretty sure as long it's place probably it won't be felt, but I only have my own experience to go off of.
Originally Posted by HulaJenn
I thought diaphragms were not recommended for women who have had children (less elasticity to hold it in place correctly and therefore making way less effective?)
That's what I was told by my OB when I asked. I have since found out that is false. However, if you had a diaphragm before giving birth you would have to get refitted to see if you need a bigger size.
Originally Posted by sogriffin
Another vote for FAM.
We've used it since we got married 7 years ago, and I've only gotten pregnant when we decide to. Taking Charge of your Fertility is probably one of the most "Aha!" books I've ever read. Your body makes so much sense if you know how to pay attention to what it's telling you.
Since I've been doing it so long, I don't even chart any more. I'm comfortable doing it based on cervical indicators alone. During the fertile times, we will use a diaphragm. And we did use the diaphragm in the first year or so after my babies were born, until my cycles returned.
Diaphragms are ok, FAM is better.
I love the idea of FAM, but I still haven't had a cycle since giving birth, so I haven't been able to start charting. But even when I'm able to, I'm not going to do it without a back up since I'm not married. So for now I love my diaphragm, but I'd love to be able to rely solely on FAM someday.