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Are there any other methods that don't mess with hormones. I'm pg with #3 (due Oct) but really really want to TTA for at *least* 5 years minimum. I know I could use the other 2 methods I mentioned but 5 years is a long time to chart yk? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Are those pretty much it?
 

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Spermicide I won't do.<br>
Diaphragm/cervical cap, I'll look into...but really, IUDs don't mess with hormones? I always thought they did. Guess I have a lot of reading to do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Although people say they don't, I had a terrible time with Mirena and nursing together, but no problems before I conceived.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Spermicide I won't do.<br>
Diaphragm/cervical cap, I'll look into...but really, IUDs don't mess with hormones? I always thought they did. Guess I have a lot of reading to do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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look into the copper IUD, no hormones. It can make cramps worse, and/or bleeding heavier for some folks, but it's worth a shot. I wouldn't totally rule out the mirena IUD (with progesterone) until you learn more about it - depending on your reasons for wanting to avoid hormones, it might be worth learning more about it.<br><br>
if you won't/can't do spermicide, then forget about a diaphragm - you must use spermicide with it.<br><br>
BTW, if you are interested in charting, it is doable long term, though I realize it's not for everyone. There are quite a few women here who have been charting for years <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I charted for years before TTC. You might want to refer to TCOYF, because there are alot of shortcuts you can take while charting.
 

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I did chart for over like 13 cycles or something like that before I got pregnant. It seems after doing some reading that is the only method that I'm truly comfortable with.<br><br>
It just seems so daunting when I'm thinking at least FIVE years of doing it. I do skip temping though, but until I get my PPAF I guess I'll have to, because under *no* circumstances do I want to get pg. I'm just so tired <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I have been charting for about 8.5 years, 5.5 years straight TTA before I charted TTC for my DD.<br><br>
Honestly, once you get back into the groove, it's nuttin'. When you first start, it's all exciting and stuff; but charting TTA after you've done it for a while takes virtually no brain power, so it's not as daunting as it seems at first.
 

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Can someone give me more info on diaphragms, spermicide, and maybe sponges? I am trying to chart while BFing, but since I nurse all night and can't reach the thermometer first thing in the morning, and ALL my signs are ALL over the place, I am getting really frustrated... And so is DH!! He wants to DTD without worrying, but I have not been successful and it's already been 2 months. Plus the fact that I am coming off the IUD, so AF is like really unpredictable...
 

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it is daunting, but just take it one cycle at a time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I've been at it for 4 years, so it's doable.<br><br>
do you have the book the art of natural family planning? There's a good chapter on charting postpartum that you might want to check out. afaik, you rely on mucous until you resume cycling, and then you can start temping - if you decide to temp you will have a few more 'safe' days generally
 

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I don't have a source (can't find it), but sponges' effectiveness drops significantly after giving birth. They don't have all that great effectiveness to begin with anyways.<br><br>
Sorry there's no great method out there.
 

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We use Encare and we also chart. The only downside is that it leaks afterwards so if you are in the bed make sure you have a towel, or if you are "on the go" and pantyliner is a must.<br><br>
Other than that it's nice that it adds extra lub as well as the pregnancy protection.
 

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Abstinence works the best. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
You can still have outer course. Just a suggestion. I know a couple who did this and enjoyed the freedom and intimacy.
 
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