We’ve spent this week talking a bit about NFP/FAM… the basics, what it can help with, how it works, etc. One of the biggest misconceptions that I have heard from people is that it’s only for Catholics/ overly religious couples, but NFP/FAM is for anyone who wants to use it.
So, I took the question to a group of women who all practice some form of NFP/FAM and I asked the question:
“What are some non-religious reasons that YOU use NFP/FAM?” and here are their answers:
- I like the fact that I am not putting extra hormones into my body
- It gives me a tremendous sense of Body Awareness… I know what my body is doing and why.
- My charts showed that I had a short luteal phase and that’s why we couldn’t get pregnant.
- It has helped me to find treatments to restore my body’s functions, rather than just covering up the symptoms of my PCOS.
- My husband and I don’t get bored with sex, because after a period of abstinence, we can’t wait to connect in that way!
- I am not funding “Big Pharma.” Looking at it another way, I am not paying someone else to have the ability to have sex with my husband.
- I have a heart condition and hormonal Birth Control could kill me.
- Condoms= biological waste and more trash in our landfills
- My cycle is irregular and that’s OK. I don’t have to rely on a quick fix with a pill.
- Hormonal Birth Control had a negative effect on my moods. I almost felt bipolar.
- I can wear white pants without fear because I KNOW when my period WILL start.
- There is something pretty cool about knowing why certain things happen, like mucus changes.
- I have the peace of mind that I will not be unknowingly causing an abortion
- Sex feels weird with condoms
- DVT, blood clots and breast cancer risk increases with the use of HBC.
- I don’t want to end up as part of a lawsuit. Have you seen the allegations agains “YAZ?”
- My charts helped us (me and my physician) determine that I was not producing enough progesterone to sustain a pregnancy. We are now expecting our first!
- Our family has switched to a “Paleo” diet for health reasons. It would be weird to take hormones when trying to be healthier.
- I am allergic to copper and latex.
- It’s simple and non-hormonal.
So there you have it. A quick snap shot as to why some couples have chosen the non-hormonal/ non-IUD route to family planning. I hope you enjoyed this series. I was worried about what to write about next week, but then I realized… Next week starts:
World Breastfeeding Week!!
Tomorrow is our last day! We’ll talk about some non-religious reasons to switch to NFP/FAM!
- NFP Awareness Week: GUEST POST! A Secular, Liberal, Feminist Argument for the Promotion of Fertility Awareness and NFP
- NFP Awareness Week: Seven Quick Takes: Vol. 42- Talking to Husbands about NFP
- NFP Awareness Week: What is NFP?
- NFP Awareness Week: Lactational Amenorrhea/ Postpartum Charting
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