NFP attracts me for a number of reasons. As one who is currently on ortho-tricyclene lo (i.e. the Pill), I love the idea of taking control of my own fertility and regaining that sense of one-ness with my own body. With my exploration of the Church, the ethical and moral implications of ABC are becoming clear to me.
I have spoken with Hubby on the issue of NFP and birth control, and he has expressed an openness to NFP, though we do not necessarily want children any time soon.
I have been on the Pill since I was 16, am 22 now and, to be honest, I’m a little apprehensive to go off the pill. I do have plans to remain on the Pill until I feel like I/we are educated enough in NFP to make that transition.
Other than read, read, read - what advice would you give to someone in my situation? I’ve purchased The Art of Natural Family Planning by the Kippley’s and am very much looking forward to reading it.
Thanks for reading this
God Bless -
Jess, take a class in one of the methods. Reading the book is not the same as taking the class. I am learning Creighton, and really like it. You can find CCLI, Billings, and Creighton online and find instructors. Or contact your local parish family life office.
When coming off the pill, you will need to take some extra precautions because your signs of fertility are distorted by the pill. So, there will probably be some extra abstinence-- however you can use that time to assess your relationship with both your husband and with God.
I’d suggest getting off the pill as soon as possible. There are MANY physical implications for women who started the pill at an early age and remain on it greater than 5 years. Please visit www.omsoul.com for some important info on that. Also, the pill is abortifacient-- it does not only work by supressing ovulation but also by preventing implantation (early abortion) especially the low dose pills.
And, also, once you know something is wrong, you can’t not know it-- so staying on the pill now creates an ethical dilemma.