Actiasluna, it's pretty difficult to do Natural Family Planning (you had it right!) reliably without all of the fertility signs. if you've noticed a pattern to your cervical fluid (I haven't yet), that's probably the most helpful part, but you can also pay attention to the secondary signs if you notice them too. and regarding the question about how many consecutive hours of sleep you need to get a reliable temp, I thought Taking Charge of Your Fertility said six, but I lent my copy to a friend so I can't check. I also think that's referring to the sleep you get right before taking your temperature (in other words, if you get up shortly before taking it, it wouldn't matter how many hours you slept before that anyway). I haven't tried taking my temperature yet either, but maybe I should after Oliver's long sleep just to see if there's any consistency. at any rate, if you really don't want to get pregnant and you haven't gotten your period yet, I wouldn't rely on NFP exclusively to prevent a pregnancy. personally, we've been using condoms every time all the time since Oliver was born. I still haven't gotten my period, but f--k me if I'm going to get accidentally pregnant again. even so, I've been kind of paranoid about it, and I've taken a few pregnancy tests now and then just to be sure I'm not.