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Old 04-16-2011, 02:57 PM   #1
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TTA naturally without Hormonal/Chemical BC...best methods???

I have a little girl 28mths and a little boy 7mths. My LO is still nursing regularly but has started solids and a couple days ago I had my first visit from AF. We do plan on having more children but would like to wait to ttc until at least his 1st bday! I'm very new to tta naturally but I know I don't want to use any hormonal/chemical methods. I'd love to hear what methods others have had good success with! Thanks so much!

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I chart, watch for changes in my CM and withdraw every.single.time
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I chart, watch for changes in my CM and withdraw every.single.time
Do you have a suggestion for a good charting resource?
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I use Fertility Awareness Method (the method discussed in the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility <--- HIGHLY recommend as a must read for every woman!) and I really like it. I used this to help us get pregnant with DS and now I'm using it to avoid. So far so good!

The other non-hormonal option that I see recommended a lot is Paraguard (name brand for the copper IUD). It's non-hormonal, however you'd have to have a doctor insert and remove it and since you're talking about TTC again in a few months I don't know that this would be the best option.

If I were you I'd get my hands on a copy of TCOYF and read through to see if it's something you can stick to. It's not hard, you just have to learn the rules and be diligent! I use fertilityfriend.com to track my temps/CF even though it's geared towards TTC rather than TTA, but there are sites that are more TTA centered... fertility flower comes to mind. I *think* that's what it's called!
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I'm going to pick up TCOYF this weekend! I do feel more confidant once I'm informed about something. Thanks Stefibeth
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I chart at fertility friend.com I use the sympto-thermal metod. i mainly rely on daily temps and ovulation tests.

withdraw is NOT an effective means of TTA! the iffy part is when to transition from phase 1 to phase 2. we are overwhelmed w/ 3 so we cut off after day 6 and went until ovulation is confirmed.
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I agree that the best thing you can do is read TCOYF! Amazing book - changes your life!
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Re: TTA naturally without Hormonal/Chemical BC...best methods???

I ditto the recommendation of TCOYF. I'm also part of a forum/ministry for Christian women who use FAM (seen my signature) and we have an online course for learning FAM as well, but the book is definitely the first place to check it out. It's excellent.

Symptothermal methods (FAM, NFP) are the most user-friendly and - in my opinion - most effective method of natural birth control. FAM allows the use of barriers during the fertile period and NFP does not. Methods that only use cervical fluid are more difficult to accurately chart and interpret.

The copper IUD is not hormonal, but prevents implantation rather than ovulation, so this is a moral issue for some who believe life begins at conception.
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I chart at fertility friend.com I use the sympto-thermal metod. i mainly rely on daily temps and ovulation tests.

withdraw is NOT an effective means of TTA! the iffy part is when to transition from phase 1 to phase 2. we are overwhelmed w/ 3 so we cut off after day 6 and went until ovulation is confirmed.
For us combined with everything else it has been very effective
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