Brief background - DH (boyfriend then) and I got pregnant with DS the first time we were together. The. first. time. I was 18. 19 when DS was born. After he was born, the ONLY thing I knew/cared about was that I COULD NOT get pregnant again anytime soon. We were lucky to have jobs and a place to live and we were able to put together a decent life for a baby, but knew I couldn't do it with 2. So I got Mirena, with very little education. After we bought a house, got married, moved on in our careers, etc, we started trying for #2 .. DS was 18 months, I was 20. At this point, I still knew ZERO about my cycle.... I didn't have one from 18-19 and then it was barely existent with Mirena and I wasn't smart enough? to keep track.
SO when we started TTC Feb 2010, I had to get some basic knowledge. I know how many days my cycle is, and what mucus is like near ovulation, but that's about it. Lucky for us, it only took a few months and I found out DD was on her way May 2010 and she was born Jan 2011. Now, I'm exclusively breastfeeding and haven't had any return of menstruation.
NOW... DD is rapidly approaching that 6-month mark and I'm starting to panic a bit. I honestly haven't done a thing to prevent pregnancy thus far. But DD has sort of been nursing around the clock, so I haven't worried much. I don't even know HOW to know if my fertility is returning? I realize I should probably get some kind of birth control (or at least, a birth control plan) because we don't want another baby right now...
In the last few years I have learned SO much - about my body, food, medicines, etc. At this point, I have NO desire to add anything hormonal to my life. Does anyone have positive experiences with non-hormonal birth control? And the idea of fertility awareness really intrigues me, but can you count on it? And how do you learn how? And can you still do it when you don't have a period?
Btw... if these sound like questions for a HCP, I will just say I have had some of the world's most ignorant doctors, and I'm relatively certain I am more knowledgeable than several of them about several things... NOT being ridiculous; I am from the world's lowest rated medical area, seriously. We just moved to a new city and I barely know where the grocery store is, so I am w/o a doctor at the moment.
Anything anyone can offer, or advice to point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated! TIA!