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Old 09-14-2011, 10:07 PM
 
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DDCC--How does charting + breastfeeding work before your period has come back? Since it can come back anywhere from, say 6 weeks to 2 years, I wouldn't want to have to wait to have sex until it came back! Can you know you're ovulating if you haven't had any PP periods yet? I think the scariest thing would be conceiving at 6 weeks PP, before AF has returned!

 

Are your periods the same (in terms of cycle length) after baby as they were before?


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DDCC--How does charting + breastfeeding work before your period has come back? Since it can come back anywhere from, say 6 weeks to 2 years, I wouldn't want to have to wait to have sex until it came back! Can you know you're ovulating if you haven't had any PP periods yet? I think the scariest thing would be conceiving at 6 weeks PP, before AF has returned!

 

Are your periods the same (in terms of cycle length) after baby as they were before?


Great question!

 


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Another NFP/Ecological Breastfeeding user here. We successfully prevented pregnancy for 5 years before we were ready to conceive our first, and then for 2 years after our son was born, even though my cycle returned at 9 months PP. We didn't exactly plan this pregnancy, but I had gotten really lax about charting. Basically, I was just keeping track of the first day of my period and we weren't using any other form of BC (normally we use condoms or withdrawal during fertile times. I guess that is more FAM than NFP). So we weren't really surprised to find out I was pregnant. winky.gif

 

I don't do hormonal BC because I don't believe it's healthy to disrupt a natural process. The copper IUD scares me because I have such a hard time with regular periods, and I don't want to take a chance of making them worse. I'm not comfortable with the risks of the IUD, either. And I'm not willing to do a tubal ligation. If my husband decides that he's willing to have a vasectomy, I'll support his decision, but I would never ask him to do it. If I'm not willing to do it, I wouldn't expect him to. I don't think either of us are ready for a permanent solution anyway.

 

I like charting because I feel more in tune with my body. I don't see it as a chore or one more thing that I have to do. So, I think we will just stick with that for now. thumb.gif

ETA: Meant to ask... do any of the NFP'ers use Cycle Beads? I was thinking about buying the app for my phone and not the actual beads when my cycle returns.


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I used Paragard for a year after DS was born. Then had it removed to TTC a second child. I thought that it was great. An interesting "perk"? Risk of cervical cancer is cut in half! http://www.canada.com/health/IUDs+almost+halve+risk+cervical+cancer+Study/5396020/story.html

 

We will use FAM and LAM this time. Maybe Paragard again in the future.


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Great question!

 


I don't know if this works for everyone; but for me, I was monitoring my CF (temping is not the most reliable thing dealing with young baby sleep - you don't always get a good stretch of sleep before it's time to temp). I noticed stretchy EWCM/EWCF at one point and was not surprised to get my first PP AF about 2 weeks later.

 

If you get your first PP AF  while breastfeeding, I really recommend using as much as you can to chart - cervical position, cervical fluid, temp, ovulation strips, etc - I had extremely irregular, and sometimes annovulatory cycles while breastfeeding, especially while doing nearly exclusive breastfeeding (as DS got more solids close to a year old, my cycles started to be a little more regular, and mostly ovulatory).  While that might not be the case for everyone - the irregular cycles - it doesn't hurt to have more information, rather than not enough, especially if you are seriously TTA.
 

 


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Thanks, akind! This is such helpful information!


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