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I am wanting to start charting to avoid. I am 26 and have one son who just turned 7. We do not want any babies right now. I used the pill after our son was born for a year and then I got off of it as I felt crazy on it and also had zero libido. We have been using a combo of the pull and pray and condom use (if he "finished" before me) for the past 6 years. We had a recent pregnancy scare and it made me really think about this and I DO NOT want a baby right now and same goes for husband. I do not want any hormonal BC and condoms are okay once and awhile, but all the time. So here I am hoping to get some wisdom from you charting to avoid pregnancy. I did chart to get pregnant with our son as it did not happen after 3 months and I got worried, after 7 months I got pregnant. So I have done this before, but it was so long ago I can barely remember anything.

So any quick start guides to this? What are the first steps I should be taking down this long road of charting to avoid for the next 10+ years of fertility.
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The gist of it:
1) note the day of your cycle (CD1=first day of period)
2) take your waking temperatures (temps will go up when you've Ovulated. After 3 higher ones you're safe to dtd un-protected)
3) note your cervical fluid. Dry/tacky=not fertile, creamy, stretchy, egg-white all=fertile, don't dtd without backup while you have any form of fertile CM until you've confirmed that ovulation has come and gone)
4) optional: not the height, firmness, and openness of your cervix. low,closed,hard= less fertile times, high,soft,open=more fertile times.

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DH and I did this for a few years, we used a combo of charting, condoms, and abstaining. We would use nothing when ovulation was extremely unlikely, spermacidal condoms when unlikely, and abstinence during the main 5 days around likely ovulation. It worked for several years, but you have to be strict!! the first time we weren't strict, we got pregnant and DS#1 We used a condom approx 2 days b/f ovulation. A Cooperative Method of Natural Birthcontrol is informative and concise. If you have a computer you can easily make charts at home. I kept mine in a small binder at my night stand, with a pen, thermometer and individual alcohol pads to clean the thermometer. Good luck and good lovin'
I used a Mirena IUD after DS, the hormone dose is so low it doesn't bother me... other hormone methods drove me crazy, too, and I tried many different kinds.

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