1. Introduce yourself. Tell us a little about your family, husband and children.
I'm Lauren, a former Children's Publishing Rep turned SAHM and full-time blogger at The Median Mommy. My husband, Sean, and myself have been married for almost 2 1/2 years and have a son, named Declan, who just turned 1 year old. We share a love of exploring new things, places, and restaurants (Declan included).
We practice NFP because of my feelings about, and experience with birth control. I've been on birth control two times in my life (for a grand total of a year), mostly to help with PMD, and had adverse reactions to the hormones.
I actually had to be put on an anti-anxiety medication to counterbalance the effects of the birth control! Because I've had a regular cycle my entire life, I'm very in-tune with my body and its natural cycle; this makes it very easy for me to be aware of my fertile and infertile periods, thus timing intercourse accordingly. For me, it's just better to let my body go through its cycles naturally.
For me, it's just better to let my body go through its cycles naturally.
3. What type of NFP/FAM are you practicing? How did you choose this type over others? Has this changed at all during your marriage?
5. What do you think are the major benefits to using NFP/FAM versus artificial birth control? What are the major cons?
In my incredibly unscientific opinion, I feel that women that practice NFP/FAM are more in-tune to their bodies. I actually feel when I ovulate each month, and felt implantation with both of my pregnancies. I've known women, on artificial birth control, that have gone 5 or more years without a menstrual cycle/period - I just don't think that's natural. In my experience, the majority of women that I know, who have been on birth control for many years, had difficulty getting pregnant, or it took a long period of time to actually get pregnant.
I feel that women that practice NFP/FAM are more in-tune to their bodies. <--- Tweet this.
6. If you used NFP/FAM to achieve pregnancy, how long did that process take?
With my first pregnancy, it took me a total of 3 cycles to get pregnant. I should add that I also didn't know what to do, as it took me 2 cycles to figure out that I shouldn't start having intercourse on ovulation day (this is what happens when you spend most of your adult life trying not to get pregnant!)! With my last pregnancy, I got pregnant the first cycle that we tried.
In between tweeting, reading books to my daughters, and [not] burning mac n cheese, I am the Founder + Creative Director of Blessed is She women's ministry + community.