I believe that when a woman is having gynecologic or reproductive problems, a cause for the problem should be determined before a treatment is begun.
I noticed that my menstrual cycles have been different in the last year, and so I wanted to start keeping track again. Since I am nearing menopause, this information can help me better understand what is happening.
We both agreed that contraception seemed to be a barrier to their relationship and overall communication and decided NFP was the best plan for us.
This interview…highlighted the importance of women being able to understand what is going on in their bodies, and being able to keep track of their cycles. Seeing and hearing how well a couple that uses NFP communicates demonstrates again the idea that using NFP is a very collaborative process between partners, requiring the utmost respect within the relationship. NFP is not just a medical concept, but also a tool that helps man and woman recognize the beauty in each other and the magnificent complexity of what it means to be able to give life, together.
“When I began charting my own cycles, the first thing I noticed was a change in my self-confidence. I feel extremely empowered, as I have greater knowledge about my fertility and sexuality.”
[The Billings Method] was very intriguing to me because it is in line with my own religious beliefs and seems like a great way to better understand my own body.
When we heard different couples talk about their experiences using NFP, we were immediately drawn to the idea of natural family planning. I liked the idea of not putting any hormones in my body, and being able to keep track of my own cycles, to really get to know my body in a different way. We both liked the fact that it was a method that involved the both of us working together.
I learned to listen to my patients about the birth control method that they choose and to be open to all different methods.
After we decided to use NFP, we found it both interesting and encouraging to also learn that there is only a 4% divorce rate in couples who use natural family planning methods as compared to the extremely high divorce rate in couples who do not use these methods.
I believe that a woman should not be forced into choosing hormonal contraceptives because of judgments made by the health care provider about her motivation and educational abilities to learn a Fertility Awareness Based Method of family planning.