Cycles of Life

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By Rebecca Teti

Wednesdays: Natural Family Planning

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This weekly thread is a place where you can share your struggles, triumphs, links, resources, concerns, and questions about all things related to Natural Family Planning.

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Rebecca Teti


  • I just turned 30 and my fertile phase has seemed to get shorter and shorter. Since my mom didn't finish menopause until she was in her mid-50's, I always assumed I would follow suit. But the dramatic decrease in fertile mucus (from 10 days of fertile mucus down to 4 in just a couple months!) has me wondering/worrying. Has anyone else experienced this, and did it mean your cycles were ending??

    Posted on Mar 20th, 2013 at 8:36 AM by Jen

  • I can't say that I personally have experienced it but I am a physician and I find that there are significant changes in the menstrual cycle as the years progress--I frequently tell patients that each decade brings something new during that decade! People frequently will have shorter/longer menses, increased/decreased cramps etc etc. I haven't seen the changes in the cycle correlating with actual decreased fertility (ie infertility) but I would also caution that I am generalizing here. If you are trying to get pregnant and you know when you are ovulating and haven't gotten pregnant in 3 months of trying during the fertile period then you should start talking to a doctor (ie can't practice medicine over the internet disclaimer!)

    Posted on Mar 20th, 2013 at 11:51 AM by Lisa

  • Thanks, Lisa! Yes, we are trying & it bothered me to feel like the window was getting smaller! But I can't say we've been trying "seriously enough" for me to feel like the cycle is to blame. But I will keep your rule-of-thumb about three months in mind. Can't hurt to have a professional look into things if they keep going this way... Again, thanks for your thoughts!

    Posted on Mar 20th, 2013 at 4:49 PM by Jen

  • Does anyone has a recommendation for an NFP method while breastfeeding? I've heard that Marquette is the best for this time period--would you concur?

    Posted on Mar 20th, 2013 at 4:56 PM by unknown

  • I have used marquette for this time period. It worked for us and I am still using it. So far do good and baby is 16 months old.

    Posted on Mar 20th, 2013 at 6:20 PM by Nadine

  • Marquette is GREAT for that time, unknown!! It takes all the guesswork out! Completely worth the investment, in my view! :)

    Posted on Mar 21st, 2013 at 6:05 AM by Jen

  • I used Marquette during breastfeeding to avoid. And here I am with a 16 month old and 18 weeks pregnant with #6. But I have tried other methods and ended up pregnant as well. I guess we are just fertile bunnies who cut it a little close some months! I avoiding is really necessary - make sure you are very conservative no matter what the monitor says! You would think after 40 our fertility would go down...not yet says God!

    Posted on Mar 21st, 2013 at 8:52 PM by Jen