I have been on Birth Control Pills since I was 19 years old (7 years!!) and I have been wanting to get off of them for the last 2. I was left in constant indecision about where to turn. It wasn’t that I was unhappy with my pill, but I was freaked about the consequences! Everything I have read and researched about health has been entirely contradictory to what my chosen method was doing to my body. Once I was diagnosed with food intolerances and discovered that my birth control pills were laced with dairy- I decided that was the final straw and quit cold turkey. The plan was to use barrier methods until I made up my mind. Luckily hubby has been really supportive!
In the midst of my anguish over what to choose- I happened to meet two people that offered an alternative! Talk about meant to be. BOTH of them use the “Fertility Awareness Method.” Apparently FAM is 1) NOT the Rhythm Method, 2) It works, and 3) both of my friends have been using it successfully for several years. I bought the book “Taking Charge of your Fertility” by Toni Weschler instantly to get to work on some more research.
The result?? I am a completely new person! I highly recommend the book to every woman- regardless of whichever method you choose! I can’t believe how much I didn’t know about my own body! Not to mention, as I have been researching I have found that a lot of women with food intolerances are consequently on the pill- is it possible that synthetic hormones could be spurring this on? There are soooo many health risks associated with pills, patches, shots that we use simply to avoid getting pregnant! Isn’t that horrible??!! Meanwhile, woman have been going uneducated of their own bodies and don’t know that there is a more natural way to put you in control of your fertility. By tracking changes to your body such as basal body temperature, cervical fluid, and cervical position, you can be completely in charge and completely UN-pregnant (very important to me!).
Taking Charge of Your Fertility
The good news is that this method is as effective as you want it to be! It can be almost perfectly effective if you use condoms for about 8 days of the month depending on your cycle- or less days if you are thinking about starting a family.
Ok… But I have a friend who knows someone who…
Yeah there are pregnancy cases and everyone is an expert when you start talking about “natural birth control.” But really every case of an unplanned pregnancy using FAM is because of one of two reasons- 1)They get pregnant because they start using Fertility Awareness IMMEDIATELY or 2) They kind of want to get pregnant deep down (in other words- they start “risking it”).
Those are two problems that are easy to address, and if you do, you have awesome birth control for life without any horrible side-effects!! So to address the first one is easy- if you are getting off the pill or other method of birth control, you need to use a barrier method for quite awhile since your body will be out of wack for a bit and you don’t know your body well enough yet. You can slowly wean yourself off the barrier method as you get more familier. And the second one- well you can’t really “cheat” with this method like you can with other methods. Yeah, when you are on the pill and you miss a day- you might feel ok with “risking it.” That is really not an option with this method since cheating would mean having sex exactly at the time you are most fertile without using a barrier method. That is a nice little baby recipe.
And one final note- don’t read this and then try to use Fertility Awareness- get your info from the woman who literally wrote the book about it- Toni Weschler! It is an excellent read that will give you plenty of information on how not to conceive, how to conceive, and how to know your body better.
I’ll let you know how it goes- but either way I seriously recommend the book! It will completely set you free! Talk to you soon! Good Health!