Catholics are talking about Natural Family Planning all over the internet this week. It is after all, “NFP Awareness Week.” Simcha Fisher is doing some NFP giveaways. Haley at Carrots for Michaelmas has a neat series she shared on her blog featuring various writers on NFP. Kendra at Catholic All Year wrote a very sweet letter to newlyweds on the fact that we cannot take our fertility for granted. Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum wrote last month on how Catholics should just learn NFP, because you never know when you will need it. There is so much more out there.
I have written some on the topic as well, and have compiled all my writings on a new page at this blog. My pages are all listed in a row under the header photo of the blog, “Home, About Me, Who is this Lady Philosophy?, etc.” The new one on NFP is labeled “NFP.” You can find it by clicking there or here.
If I have any new advice about NFP, and it is not really new it is this: my positive experience with learning it and being confident in it has been because I have maintained a relationship with my practitioner. Even if we don’t talk for months at a time, due to pregnancy and the breastfeeding actually delaying cycles sometimes, I always send her that email when I need her. And she always gets back to me. She told me at our last pregnancy eval (for the baby that we lost), that we have been charting for seven years together. The last time I talked to her was not even for an eval; I just needed some practitioner and friend advice on how to deal with post-miscarriage cycles. She knows my signs as well as I do, and because we have been charting with her for so long, she knows what we can handle. She knows how well I know my signs, and encourages me to trust my knowledge. She is pretty great. Anyway, I did already write her a tribute, which you can find on my new “page.”
My point is, you do not have to chart alone. I am pretty sure that I am right in saying all the methods, have practitioners and doctors you can go to for help. We have been very happy with Creighton. Even as someone who uses yellow stamps, I love the ease of one sign to look for.
I feel like someone should have linked up how to find practitioners in your area. I think the posts on Haley’s series have links to more information. If you can’t figure it out and want some help, I would be happy to search around with someone or answer any questions. My practitioner thinks that I know enough to be one, but please don’t email me about mucus. Just email me: livingwithladyphilosophy (at) gmail (dot) com.