Last month we decided that my last pack of birth control pills, well, would be my last. Which means that yesterday, when I was set to start a new pack – I didn’t. I’m officially off the pill.
I’m excited (I hate the little suckers), but also a little anxious. I wonder what effects it will have on my cycle – if I’ll lose the predictability of every fourth Monday. I also wonder what effect it’ll have on my skin – if I’ll start breaking out again, or if finally at 26 acne will be something of the past.
I’m also a tad anxious because, while I’m off the pill now, we do not plan to start trying to conceive till late spring. Which gives us a good 3 or 4 months where we need to be careful.
So, for the first time in our marriage, contraception has become an issue.
Given my predisposition to bladder infections and the like, I’m a little wary of female contraceptives. The husband prefers not to use condoms — and, besides that, they are ridiculously expensive. Well, maybe not, but at least in comparison to me being on the pill, which would equal $0 after insurance. We picked up a pack anyways yesterday, and they come to $0.75 a condom, which adds up quick.
All this led me to research natural family planning. And to buy a basal thermometer. And to research charting and graphing.
All complicated, time-consuming stuff.
But, I also found another option, the Standard Days Method*, which basically means that if you have a 26 to 32 day cycle, you abstain from day 8 to 19 of your cycle. Which seems like an awful lot of abstaining… but at least it should work till I figure out the rest of this charting and temperature taking business.
Any one have any experience or helpful information on natural family planning?
* Unfortunately, WordPress is being a pain in the a**, and won’t let me link to the website with information on Standard Days Method, so here it is: http://www.irh.org/?q=content/standard-days-method-sdm