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Natural Family Planning with the Fertility Monitor OvaCue

Natural Family PlanningYou’ll remember my post on the OvaCue back in September and about natural family planning. I gave you a good description on how it works and why so many couples have turned to it for help. A majority of those women are trying to become moms. The OvaCue is designed for that and can help the process go much smoother, especially for those with fertility issues.

The reason I was interested in testing out this cool little device, was for natural family planning. A form of birth control that doesn’t rely on anything except getting to know your body and charting. It sounds quite simple, but in fact is something that you need to be taught to do.

I had been putting off researching natural family planning as an option because it takes TIME. Time and patience are two things I don’t have much of. I looked into hiring a women who specializes in this area to sit down with Hubby and I and teach us how it all works. It is more expensive than I would have thought and that option quickly vaporized.

Am I confusing you?

Why is natural family planning so hard to learn?

What does it entail? My blog friend T Rex mom, who is a nursing student, wrote a fantastic post about all the options. I’m going to let you refer to it because I can’t say it any better. Plus she understands it all so well.

Natural Family Planning with Ovacue

Those are all the reasons I was thrilled to find the OvaCue. I didn’t even know devices like it were available. It is so easy. Each morning I am taking a reading of the electrolytes in my saliva until I ovulate. How do I know I am ovulating? My calendar is color-coded. Blue leads up to the days where I could be fertile and when it turns pink I know the time has come. I also use the vaginal sensor every evening for an added factor. Makes everything even more precise.

Keep track of your charts right there on the monitor or plug into OvaGraph online and your info can be plugged in for easy access.

Everything just takes seconds out of your day and no more guesswork.

Most important ~ no more pills or chemicals being released into your body to prevent pregnancy. That is not natural and can harm the way our body works. I shutter at the thought of all the years I did take preventive medicine. Every. Single. Day. I can’t imagine doing that for most of my life! Not including the emotional roller coaster those drugs takes you through.

Do things naturally with the OvaCue. Remember to check out my previous post or their website for info on how easy and exact it is.

 

What are your thoughts on Natural Family Planning?

 

ETA: If you check out Trisha’s comment below it is a reminder that there are websites and organizations that can help with learning more about our bodies and natural birth control.

 

I received the OvaCue for review and links may be affiliate, but all opinions are my own.

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  • I prefer natural family planning. My body does not react well with birth control. From depression with pills to migrating IUDs. I saw the post you did on this monitor. It sounds awesome.
  • I have been looking at this for a few months now. We're trying to get pregnant right now but my body is off kilter. My doctor is all for fertility drugs but I want to try the natural route. This would help pinpoint my fertile days. I had a lot of skepticism about purchasing something (it's a lot of money for our family) that was just to be used while trying for just one. I had read somewhere that it would work very well for NFP but it's nice to hear about a real person using it for that reason. I like the idea of going hormone free when it comes to birth control.
    • Cindy, you can also check your cervical mucus (CM) when you use the toilet. You are more fertile when the mucus is clear and can hold a stretch. You check CM by looking at your toilet tissue after you wipe your "front" section.
  • Courtney, If it's alright with you I'm going to repost a comment I'd shared with T-Rex last May regarding her post: A couple using these natural methods that opts to use a barrier method during the fertile time has to realize they have MUCH greater chance of conceiving a child during that time period. Unless a couple is trying to conceive a child, most natural family planning methods advise avoiding sexual relations during the fertile times each month. Also, I'm not sure how expensive the option for NFP (Natural Family Planning) was that you initially looked into, but I thought I'd share The Couple to Couple League's web address for your readers looking for a good source of information on NFP. Their website is www.ccli.org. Another possible option would be for couples to call a local Catholic church, they need not be Catholic or religious for that matter, and ask if there are any Natural Family Planning teaching couples in their area. Take care and have a Happy New Year!
  • I kinda think I like this better than mine - b/c you can plug in and see your charts yourself. Mine I have to mail back in for a readout and it takes 5 days of NOT tracking. Not liking that! ):
  • Can you shed any light on using this while breast feeding? I am due with #3 (conceived while breastfeeding #2 at 7 mos!) and would like an alternative to hormonal bc or IUD...