What really happens when you decide to try natural family planning?
Deciding if and when to have a baby is a big decision. If you decide now isn't the right time, or you never want to have children, there are a number of different birth control options ranging from hormonal to non-hormonal, short-acting to long-acting, and reversible to permanent. The vast majority of birth control options have the potential for some side effects.
Whether it's religious preference, because hormones are not well-tolerated, or because there are still side effects of non-hormonal birth control (like the potential for excessive bleeding with the copper IUD), some women opt for options that put nothing in the body. And many people report that condoms interrupt the moment of intimacy, so some of these couples decide to try natural family planning. What exactly is natural family planning, and what happens if you decide to try it? I spoke to several women who have used it to find out.