A few months ago, I started feeling uneasy about being on birth control. I finally realized that I had no idea what I was doing to my body by taking The Pill. I seriously had no clue. When Josh and I got engaged, I just went to my doctor and figured out how to get on it. I didn't think to ask some important questions like:
"Is this healthy?"
"Is this safe for my body?"
"Exactly how does this work?"
I just blindly hopped on the train that says this is the only way to prevent having a baby until I'm ready. Now, I think it's one thing if you are completely educated on a birth control method and still decide to use it. Good for you. It's another thing to take a pill for 2 1/2 years and not know what it is or how it works.
Needless to say, as I have researched those three questions, I have not been happy with what I've found. Despite my discoveries, I continued taking it because I just didn't know what else to do. Four weeks ago, though, I finally stopped taking the Pill altogether. We were heading out of town for a solid three weeks and I honestly forgot to grab my packet of pills. It was the day I was supposed to be starting a new pack, so we just decided that now is as good a time as ever to stop taking them. (Hello, condoms! See? I told you this was personal.)
I'm still on the journey of researching what route we are going to go with for preventing pregnancy right now. My current dream is to save up and buy this. The Lady-Comp. Every morning it takes your temperature, tells you if you're fertile or infertile, and keeps a record so when you decide you DO want to try for a baby, it will help you with that, too. Oh and it's more effective than the Pill. and condoms. However, it's $450 so we'll have to wait on that.
Then I found this book: (cue a heavenly chorus)
I'm only on chapter 6 but you guys, this book is amazing. I am learning so much about my cycle, about my body, and about the miracle that takes place in every woman's body. I feel so much more equipped to stay healthy and be aware of what is happening in my monthly cycle. I found it on amazon and it had 5 star review after over 1300 reviews. Kyrie, my sister in law, started reading it the other day and could NOT put it down. It's that good. She's going to go get her own copy tonight and has been texting it to friends of hers who have struggled with infertility or uncertainty of other birth control methods.
It teaches the Fertility Awareness Method. It charts temperatures every morning (I'm going to go get myself a thermometer tonight!), cervical fluid, and cervical position. I am feeling so excited and empowered to master my own body and to do it in a natural way. I'm no where near finished with the book, and I'm not ready to put it fully into practice yet, but I am so excited about this.
Anyway, I just had to share it on here because I'm feeling very excited and encouraged by it. I also know that a lot of my friends are on similar journeys of discovering what works for them, so I wanted to be sure to share it with them as well. Only good can come from being on this kind of self discovery journey!