On October, and NFP...

Friday, October 11, 2013

Joining Jen for Friday Quick Takes.

1. Beautiful fall hike that Stephen and I went on this week:

2. I love this. 
3. I thought that this post brought up some interesting points on oral contraceptives. It's been said before, but really feel that we (medical professionals) have failed women in not informing them of the numerous side effects and risks of OCTs. I can't tell you how many patients I've seen with DVTs and pulmonary embolisms that were due at least in part to the pill. And from my own experience taking them for dysmenorrhea while I was in college, the depression/mood swings were just awful

4. So yeah, Stephen and I use NFP (for numerous reasons). We use the Marquette Method, which we've been really happy with. It involves using the Clearblue fertility monitor, which is very scientific and also easy to use, along with another fertility sign. There's no Marquette Method class where we are, so we learned the method ourselves using this manual. NFP has been both good for my health and good for our marriage.

5. I've had several people email me questions on Marquette's post-partum method. You can read their protocol here. And while I can't speak from personal experience, I think that this method seems easier to use than some other post-partum methods.

6. Perfect October outfit via Pink Peonies. I'm obsessed with military jackets and Hunter boots...


7. Happy weekend! I'll be working more weird shifts in the emergency department (sigh). It's been crazy this week: lots of psych patients, prisoners, more than enough opportunities to suture (I've been having dreams about sewing people up), a couple medical codes and traumas, and one case that was House-worthy (diagnosis yet to be determined). We shall see what the weekend brings.


  1. where do you go to see if marquette classes are offered in your area?

    great post.

  2. I LOVE Anne of Green Gables! Thanks for sharing that quote:)

  3. Love that you mentioned different types of contraceptive methods. I went off Alesse for a few months over the summer, because I was reading a few articles that were freaking me out, but I didn't notice a difference being on/off the pill in relation to my mood/tiredness/physical & mental well-being. I'm grateful, but I've known so many friends who have had terrible reactions to BCP and I'm always encouraging them to look elsewhere and find something that's right for their body. Again, great post.

  4. I'd be interested to know how the required abstinence days look on a 'normal" breastfeeding cycle. I'd love to see a research project that had a bunch of women charting their cycles with several methods of NFP and then looking at the fertile/infertile days each method identifies, especially how many days each method identifies as possibly fertile, which in retrospect, were not.

  5. I didn't have any concreted medical problems on birth control, but even though I was on a low dosage med, I was down ALL the time. I cried at the drop of a hat, my confidence was at an all time low. Even though going off has had its own struggles, I am so happy I did.


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