How Goes the Charting?

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By Rebecca Teti

Wednesdays: Natural Family Planning

(Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun: Changing Roles)

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.

Please join the conversation! 

Rebecca Teti


  • Hi, I do not get my periods regualarily and hence take medicines that stop me from concieving. Does that mean that I am going against God's plan for me?

    Posted on Apr 24th, 2013 at 5:39 AM by unknown

  • My wife and I used natural methods (Billings) all our married life and it worked for us. Using this method irregular periods are not an issue Pax John

    Posted on Apr 24th, 2013 at 5:56 AM by AusieJohn

  • Is the only reason you are taking these medications is that you don't get your periods regularly? How long have you been on this medication? How do you know your body would not have evened out eventually off of the medication? I ask because in my experience many teens and young ladies are put on hormonal birth control for no reason other than to regulate their periods, a process that usually occurs naturally as the body continues to mature. More concerning though is that hormonal birth control could mask an underlying condition that would be obvious had your bodies natural functioning not been interfered with. Are you going against God's plan? We really don't have enough information to answer that question completely. Generally if you are married and you are taking birth control that would prevent a pregnancy and you have no dire medical need to take such medication then yes, you are going against the Church's teachings about God's plan for human relationships and sexuality. A great place to learn more about this is by reading "Theology of the Body".

    Posted on Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:50 AM by Becky Le

  • I should add my husband and I also used the Billing's method and it worked perfectly for us.

    Posted on Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:51 AM by Becky Le

  • I should add my husband and I also used the Billing's method and it worked perfectly for us.

    Posted on Apr 24th, 2013 at 6:51 AM by Becky Le

  • Ahhhhh! I dislike charting while exclusively breast feeding. Dear daughter is seven months old I would just like some sort of a cycle to chart! Almost dropped the boob for the bottle just to get me back.... She is our fourth (and for right now nfp will be used to avoid) Any successful bf and avoiding stories?

    Posted on Apr 24th, 2013 at 8:42 AM by unknown

  • unknown, I have used marquette for our 7th and it worked well. It is pricy but it gave me peace of mind instead of trying to chart and take temps when I was getting up at all hours. There is a website you can look up as well.

    Posted on Apr 24th, 2013 at 9:09 AM by nadine

  • Reprising a question from a couple of weeks ago. Anyone here have experience charting while on medication for bi-polar disorder? The medication interferes w/ prolactin and makes cycles v. irregular. Am wondering if anyone has experience and which method you find is best?

    Posted on Apr 24th, 2013 at 9:40 AM by Ruth

  • Rebecca, very funny! Thanks for the laugh today!

    Posted on Apr 24th, 2013 at 9:54 AM by Kristina

  • Nadine, thanks! I'll look into it. We are charting with Creighton and it is just crazy (and with little bathroom privacy....ya know!). Ive never charted before cycles returning, so this is uncharted territory! :)

    Posted on Apr 24th, 2013 at 1:54 PM by unknown

  • Check out Haley's posts at her blog, Carrots for Michaelmas. She has a series right now 4/24/13 on NFP with some wonderful guest bloggers.

    Posted on Apr 24th, 2013 at 3:43 PM by unknown

  • For those of you using the Marquette Method, did you find an instructor necessary, or do you think it's reasonable to teach yourself? My husband and I just purchased the fertility monitor, and plan to start using this because I'm breastfeeding. There aren't any Marquette instructors in our city.

    Posted on Apr 24th, 2013 at 4:55 PM by Miranda

  • Miranda-- I mostly learned through the website and online forum, but I had familiarity with other methods and knew the basics of NFP already, so I'm sure that helped. As you start to use the method, I think you'll find that the online instructions are a bit lacking in specificity and unusual situations, so I think the online forum when you can ask the nurse-professors who developed the method specific questions is really important. I also encourage you to chart using their online charting system so they can look at your charts as needed.

    Posted on Apr 24th, 2013 at 5:05 PM by MR