I have been using FAM for about 10 years. I was nervous the first year or two but
nto was right, it only fails because of user error. I hated BCP (I only ever took orthotrycyclen for a few months) and when DH and I did decide to get pregnant it happened on the first try. I also enjoy the aspect of shared responsibility for family planning with FAM.
When we first started FAM i didn't temp but we used cervical position, texture, mucus, etc., my level of excitement, and when i felt ovulation pain to decide when i was ovulating or close to it. we only DTD during menstruation and then after a couple of cycles we added a few days before and after. We did this for a while. Rather than abstaining during the fertile times we stuck to oral. After a while we got more comfortable and baisically just used a very cautious pull out way in advance method for about on week out of the month (the week that I could possibly be ovulating). This was successful birth control for nine years. We took it seriously though and always kept our heads above our hormones and stopped going all the way during possibly fertile times.
Since I have birth to DD we have been cautious and even more so since my cycles returned in June. I started temping (when I can get accurate temps since I bedshare it is hard to get sometimes) and temping will help be more accurate over time. I can tell pretty easily when I am about to ovulate by all of the other signs. I've been using the fertility friend app and it is really helpful with keeping track of everything. I have to reccomend it. GL! I hope You can find something that works as well for you as FAM does for me!
I wrote out this really long reply to everyone else and about myself and the iPhone ate it when I put the phone down to hang out with my SIL and niece :/
I'm pretty upset about it.
It's too late but
I would wait bc of exams
congrats on your LOs birthday and I would love to see the blanket. I haven't posted anything bc I haven't finished anything. I'll get there tho!
AFM, I have been really tired bc DD is cutting incisors. She wants to nurse allnightlong and flip sides often. So I have been pretty useless in my waking hours.
I am gearing up for ovulation in my third PP cycle. So far: cycle 1 was anovulary and painless, cycle 2 took 3 weeks to ovulate and one week to menstruate. I'm on cd19 and I am just now getting a little ovulation pain and a little EWCM so cycle 3 promises to turn out like cycle 2. In short AF may be back but with such a short luteal phase even if we did fertilize and egg it might not implant.
It's just as well bc I got the fever but I have resolve to wait to TTC until sometime March-Sept next year when DD is 2-2.5years old.
Also, one of my besties will be TTC around March '15 and we hope to be pregnant at the same time or at least have a strong overlap. She had a stillbirth last October due to pre-e and HELLP syndrome. She will be working with a specialist and be heavily monitored so I know the fun of being KU together will ease some of her stress. I'm going to start a WAP fertility/ Dr. Brewer nutrition plan with her next month as long as her BP still looks good and they take her off of her meds. I didn't do a fertility diet prior to DD but I am really looking forward to doing it especially with my friend.