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DD is 11 mths old, still nurses a lot, and at least twice at night. Also, I read TCOYF, but I had to give it back to the library and I haven't gotten my own copy yet, so sorry if this question is answered there and I've forgotten...<br>
I've started charting temps for the first time in my life April 10th (yea!!). So I haven't had any PP AF, so I just started a chart the day I started charting, and figured I'd just keep going until I actually have AF again.<br><br>
But until then, if we're TTA, can we use it as BC? Are temps enough or do I need to do CM as well? I think I've just forgotten some of the details from TCOYF b/c I keep thinking that I need to ovulate once before I know when we're "safe" and when we're not.<br><br>
Anyone have any insight for me charting before the first PP AF???
 

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I'm doing this right now. dd is 20 months old and still no PPAF, so I've been charting since early march and I read through TCOYF. The problem is, your temperature spikes AFTER you are already fertile, so if you're TTA, you'll have to watch for changes in fertility signs (CM, CP, etc. I think I've heard that when you ovulate you get more "I want a babyyyyy!" feelings, not sure how scientific that is, though!) I read through <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing</span> by Sheila Kippley and there is some good info on the Couple to Couple League website (a lot of which is taken from Sheila Kippley's book). Here's some good info: <a href="http://ccli.org/nfp/ebf/spacebabies.php" target="_blank">http://ccli.org/nfp/ebf/spacebabies.php</a><br>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Three studies have indicated that the actual rate of pregnancy [after 6 months postpartum and prior to the first menstruation] is about 6%, a rate that is very competitive with actual use rates for both natural and unnatural methods of birth control.<br>
When a couple seeks to reduce the 6% chance of pregnancy to something closer to 1% (i.e., one per 100 women years of exposure), the woman makes the observations that are standard in the Sympto-Thermal Method of natural family planning. She takes her temperature upon waking in the morning and checks for the appearance of cervical mucus and the opening of the cervical os several times during the day while taking care of her usual bathroom routine.</td>
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Hope that helps! I've been using lactational amenorrhea as birth control for the past couple months and no pregnancy yet<br><br>
ETA: That must be a typo... What are "women years of exposure"??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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ah, thanks for the links and info... and the "women years of exposure" I'm guessing is some way to quantify the number of women, per year of time spent DTD with no other BC? b/c it's irrelevent if they're not DTD, you know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br><br>
I'll have to educate myself on the CM/CP stuff. I've never done that stuff, and am a little overwhelmed by it still. Temps are easy, but CM? I'm no CM expert, and I don't even know what my cervix feels like/what position it's in... bad since I've a bachelor's in biology huh? How embarrassing.<br><br>
ETA: I REALLY wish that I'd charted prior to getting pregnant, then I'd know better how all the signs tend to work in MY particular body, not the averages and ranges that I read about. arrghhh...
 
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