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Offline Aniera

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I feel a little like I am jumping in over my head, but I have decided to finally stop taking birth control pills and go hormone free.  I have been on them for quite a number of years now with what I thought were no real ill effects, but after getting some blood work done, have found out they are definitely compromising my gut immune system and all.  And really I have been feeling pretty hypocritical about myself since I have been trying to reduce plastic and hormone ladden meats from my life while still taking them.  Also I don't think a copper IUD would work out for me since I am looking to start having kids next year.  My husband who is a bit more excited to start a family said we should just start trying right away... and yeah I am not so keen on that since I would like to get my gut immune back in order before we start popping out kids (sorry  ;) honey).  I think after some quick forum research NFP or something is the way to go.  Anyways so my question is (after a bit of rambling) does anyone have any books or sites that they found were helpful for learning to start going pill free using NFP? 

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Re: Recommended books or sites for NFP/birth control without hormones?
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014, 01:01:07 PM »
um... i need to run the kids, but will be back

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Re: Recommended books or sites for NFP/birth control without hormones?
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2014, 01:12:28 PM »
Hi there!

One that I've found useful is "Taking Charge of your Fertility" by Toni Weschler, and the accompanying website/forums at http://www.tcoyf.com - there are good resources on the website and the women on the forums are very knowledgeable.

If you have a smartphone, there are some wonderful apps out there too to help with tracking - I like Clue  http://www.helloclue.com/  or  iCycleBeads http://www.cyclebeads.com/period-tracker-app  but there are lots of good options available for both iPhone and Android.   I believe there are some good desktop applications to help with charting too, though I haven't explored those as much.

Hope that helps a bit, good luck!   :)

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Re: Recommended books or sites for NFP/birth control without hormones?
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2014, 01:59:33 PM »
Hi there!

One that I've found useful is "Taking Charge of your Fertility" by Toni Weschler, and the accompanying website/forums at http://www.tcoyf.com - there are good resources on the website and the women on the forums are very knowledgeable.

If you have a smartphone, there are some wonderful apps out there too to help with tracking - I like Clue  http://www.helloclue.com/  or  iCycleBeads http://www.cyclebeads.com/period-tracker-app  but there are lots of good options available for both iPhone and Android.   I believe there are some good desktop applications to help with charting too, though I haven't explored those as much.

Hope that helps a bit, good luck!   :)

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Re: Recommended books or sites for NFP/birth control without hormones?
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Re: Recommended books or sites for NFP/birth control without hormones?
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2014, 08:07:13 PM »
Below I posted a copy  of some of the best NFP sites for you.  Studies have shown using the pill causes increase in cancer for women and in fact levels of hormones in river causes large number of fish to not only have tumors but have mix sex organs (see Prof. Janet Smith Contraception: Why NOT)  I am a member of MSP because I believe that my food is exposed to hormones and other harmful products that I wish to avoid. The pill is routinely  given  for such things as acne and cramps to women 15 and up.  How can I be against GMO, hormone and antiboitics for livestock and food , but not saying anything when my 3 daughters all take the pill.  Is not  it worst to take eat something directly as opposed to eat it indirectly.  Many take offense to this, that is not my intention. 

"The Couple to Couple League The Couple to Couple League (CCL) is an international, Catholic, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and teaching fertility awareness (natural family planning) to married and engaged couples."
http://www.ccli.org

Here's the USCCB (US Council of catholic Bishops) page on NFP:
http://www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/nfp/index.shtml

The Marquette model (mainly focuses on cervical fluid to monitor fertility, and optionally uses an electronic fertility monitor)
http://nfp.marquette.edu/

Someone else on CAF recommended www.fertilityfriend.com for NFP charting. You can do basic charting for free. I have been using it since I got engaged and started charting to learn NFP. The main caveat with this site is that it is geared toward trying to conceive, not trying to avoid. The free software is very useful though.

A book recommendation:
Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler and Toni Weschler's website which includes charting ability and a forum: http://www.tcoyf.com/
I have seen numerous people on CAF recommend this book, and I got it myself for my husband and I to learn about NFP when we were engaged. We found it very informative and helpful.
What Weschler is teaching is the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). This is the sympto-thermal method (uses both cervical fluid and basal temperature to monitor fertility). The only difference practically between Fam and NFP is abstaining. FAM, since it is not morally based, does not "require" abstinence. However, she does state that abstinence during fertile times is the best way to avoid pregnancy when necessary and she does relate positive feedback from couples who abstain. Also, a number of the resources she lists in the back are Catholic/NFP resources.

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Re: Recommended books or sites for NFP/birth control without hormones?
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2014, 08:58:35 PM »
now that I have time.... I find that all my sources have already been listed.  And lots more I did not know about.
I have used NFP for the last 6 years.  It was working, and we planned when to get pregnant with #4, and he was born exactly when we wanted.  And then we were done, but we got a little eager one month and didn't wait as long as we should have, and now we have 5 (and she is a loveable little one to have around!)  :-\  My hubby is now more than a bit gun shy on using this method again.  :P

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Re: Recommended books or sites for NFP/birth control without hormones?
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2014, 09:20:33 PM »
When I used this, I used information from the book Natural Fertility Awareness by John and Farida Davidson. I just pretty much charted temperature

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Re: Recommended books or sites for NFP/birth control without hormones?
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2014, 09:35:25 AM »
Thanks for all of the great information!  I now have quite a bit of reading to do :)

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Re: Recommended books or sites for NFP/birth control without hormones?
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2014, 09:18:27 PM »
If you've ever been regular, you might want to try cycle beads.

http://www.cyclebeads.com/

I've never had a regular cycle (which makes planning when to carry supplies around a lot of fun, let me tell you). When I was looking for natural alternatives, it's the one I liked the most- just wear a bracelet with a rubber ring, slip the ring one bead down every day, and the beads change color on days you're able to get pregnant- very elegant solution. If it would work for me, I totally would have done it. :D

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Re: Recommended books or sites for NFP/birth control without hormones?
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2014, 07:20:33 AM »
If you've ever been regular, you might want to try cycle beads.

http://www.cyclebeads.com/

I've never had a regular cycle (which makes planning when to carry supplies around a lot of fun, let me tell you). When I was looking for natural alternatives, it's the one I liked the most- just wear a bracelet with a rubber ring, slip the ring one bead down every day, and the beads change color on days you're able to get pregnant- very elegant solution. If it would work for me, I totally would have done it. :D

Hmmm this is going to sound pretty sad, but I don't remember if I was or not before I went on the pill  :-\.  So we will have to see how regular I am once I start.  That does sound like a really cool solution though.  Maybe I will get lucky...

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Re: Recommended books or sites for NFP/birth control without hormones?
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2016, 03:48:06 PM »
Taking charge of your fertility has been the best book I have read on the subject.
Also there are loads of free apps so you no longer have to do the pen and paper charting.

Once I got the hang of my cycles after having a kiddo (intentionally) I can tell by just tracking cervical mucus.

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Re: Recommended books or sites for NFP/birth control without hormones?
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2016, 07:01:04 PM »
other non-hormonal include doubling up barrier methods, ie condom with a cervical cap. Condoms produce alot of trash, but there are companies that make them out of natural rubber, http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2015-5-september-october/green-biz/rise-eco-conscious-condoms

chart temp, and if you are in a "grey area" time, use the doubled up barrier method.....

ANd, the copper, non-hormonal IUD, they are coming back into favor with the 20something set, so I have heard, was reading an article about this the other day