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Mom to James ( 5/2006), Claire ( 6/2008), furry kitties Calvin and Bob, and wife to Dennis.
Mama to 4 amazing little people, another little expected 3/6/12!
Avid Unassisted Birth supporter/Mama
We want more children, but I really need a longer interval this time. I've been gestating and/or lactating for all but 3 months of the last five years. This last pregnancy was really hard for me and I believe it was b/c I hadn't really recovered either nutritionally or physically from Nora's birth and EBF period. I would like for Bastian to be weaned for at least 6 months before I get pregnant again, so I need something that will work well for at least 2 or 2.5 years.
That brings me to the heaviest thing on my mind right now... I'm allergic to latex, super sensitive to most spermicides, can't have an IUD b/c of my uterine shape, and hormonal b/c makes me insane (no, not a joke AT ALL :shudder: ). I've used NFP quite successfully while not bfing, but trying to use it during bfing... well, that's how we got Bastion, KWIM? I'm fanatical about temping and check all the signs and backup w/ some additional indicators, like ov tests and saliva ferning checks. But, the month that we got pregnant, I had a clear double ovulation pattern, which I experience sometimes, especially while I'm bfing. Even using complete avoidance until after ovulation won't prevent the possibility in that case. I don't want to be celibate!
I have a Persona computer, but you aren't supposed to use it while bfing, but I think that I'm going to combine that with regular NFP and hope for the best. I can also double check with the saliva ovulation monitor.
Does anyone have suggestions for something I'm not thinking of???
Are you anti hormones because you don't want them in your body? Or just because of the side effects you had? I HEAR (never tried it) that nuva ring has less side effects from the hormones since it is such a lower dose with less in your blood stream.
I have extreme reactions to progesterone, particularly in progesterone only b/c forms. My body doesn't process progesterone properly and the excess manifests itself by pushing me into profound clinical depression. Not sadness, but complete emotional numbness and detachment from life/family/reality. It's really quite scary. Obviously, combo pills are off the table, at least during the first year of bfing. Besides, my reactions to combo pills aren't that much better.
I used to work in a pharmacy and had the opportunity to try out virtually every permutation of hormonal b/c on the market. It just doesn't agree with me. Dh has flat refused to live with me if I try any more hormonal methods.
|I've been gestating and/or lactating for all but 3 months of the last five years.|
|Also one of my best friends just gave birth to baby in March that was conceived with one in. Not an option for me.|