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#1 of 3 Old 11-18-2006, 01:11 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi, I'm new to posting and wasn't sure where to put this. I have read the birth stories on here which has encouraged me to want a home birth among other things.
First off, this has nothing to do with religion or culture, it is a ME thing.
Okay so my question is...I don't like the idea of the pill or shot. Are there women who use the rythem method and/or withdrawl method and that alone? I want children in the next two years and luckily my man is in the same mind frame as me pertaining to this issue.
I am somewhat old fashioned when it comes to my family values and I just don't like the idea of putting something in my body that. I am not a conservative person though. I'd like to hear input on this issue and what you use. thanks so much, I feel so alone on issues like this. Everyone I know pops a million pills a day and think the idea of birth by anything other than c-section is crazy talk.
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we use the fertility awareness method/ sympto-thermal method. It is different than the rhythm method. THe rhythm method, also called the standard days or calendar method, is just counting. With the RM you base your current cycles fertility on your past cycle length. If you were to ovulate earlier or later than the forumula allows for, then you could definately end up pregnant. Sure, it works for a few people, but I have irregular cycles. With the sympto-thermal method I actively observe my fertility signs (cervical mucous, cervical position and temperature). Cervical mucous (and position) helps me know when I could get pregnant, it is an indication of fertility. Temperature helps me to know when I have already ovulated. I do also use some standard days rules as general guidelines, but any change in fertility signals (from less fertile to more fertile) trumps the standard days rules. During our fertile time we choose not to abstain and use a barrier/condoms or occasionally withdrawl. anyhow, we've been charting to avoid for two years now and I really enjoy it. Check out the art of natural family planning or taking charge of your fertility for more info.
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Thank you for the response. I'm all about the natural family planning and knowing that there are other options is a relief.
I had a mother who put me on whatever the doctor/magazines told her to. It really messed me up(emotionally). Since I turned 16,(the age I moved out) I have tried to live the most natural life possible. I want that for my children too, but if they choose a more modern approach that is fine as well.
I'm going to look into both of those methods. Thank you.
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