Our NFP/FAM story
We started using NFP right after we got married five years ago. I had not been on b/c before and suddenly, my poor new husband had a very b)tchy new wife. I didn't like the idea of using chemicals to control my natural cycles anyways, and did my geeky research online and at the library. I read the official NFP book cover to cover and liked a lot of the theory/theology behind it (we're protestants and had only heard that Catholics don't use b/c - not that they work with their bodies like NFP explained!) So we did that until a blizzard snowed us in and we had nothing else to do ... and we made our Jonathan!
While I was anovulatory, I discovered Mothering and found the TCOYF book and really enjoyed its more "liberal" approach (I felt guilty using barriers after reading The Art of NFP). So we followed those rules until we ran out of condoms two Christmases ago...
Even though our kids haven't exactly been "planned" (except for the 3 minutes before when I said "we could get pregnant" and he said "great!"), the two times that I was sure we were doing it during a fertile time, we got pregnant! No problems there, like many of our other friends. Also, we really like the fact that all my mood swings are my own (
) and I'm not having to bother with having nasty chemicals in my system. Also, the fact that I'm in tune with my body helps me know the what and why of my cycle. I