For a variety of reasons, I went off the hormonal birth control pill about 3 months ago. I was on it for about 2.5-3 years with no breaks.
Finding a NFP method for us is turning out to be really difficult! We are waiting to have children right now because I wouldn’t be able to handle a pregnancy at this moment in time (financially, already overloaded with stress and little sleep, etc). I have found that temping has not worked for us these past months because I have an extremely erratic and hectic schedule. I work nights and also go to college full time and commute a bit of a distance to do all of these things. This means often there are times where I will go 48-72 hours with only a couple of hours of sleep and then after that I will get a 7 hour period of sleep, and then go without sleep for a long time again, etc. I actually feel fine most of the time with that schedule (I am fairly young still). So, even though I gave temping a try, it hasn’t worked for us because of my irregular schedule. The temps where all over with no consistent pattern!
I also have been trying to observe my CM, but there isn’t much of it so I find myself questioning what I am seeing.
Any suggestions on an easy NFP method to use for those with very erratic schedules? With the sleep deprivation - it needs to be easy! I like the idea of using some kind of technology to help me along as I am very tech-oriented. I read about the Marquette method which uses a fertility monitor and I have also read about lady-comp (though, I’m not sure that would be any more useful since it is still based on temping). But, I haven’t made the several hundred dollar investment yet because I am not sure if I would be able to use the methods with my chaotic schedule and the impact that has on my body.
Let me know what NFP method you think might work! I really really do not want to go back on birth control pills! Among the many problems associated with them, they made my have the worst psychiatric issues. Never struggled with anxiety and depression until I was on them (and I tried many different brands - all had the effect on me). Never again!