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View Poll Results: What BC method do you use?
Birth control pill 15 31.25%
Condoms 11 22.92%
Condoms and spermicide 4 8.33%
IUD 6 12.50%
Female condom 0 0%
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Old 07-14-2005, 11:49 AM   #21
 
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right now pregnancy. When I got married I was on the pill for almost 3 years and decided it wasn't for me. I was too whacked out and it drained my sex drive. So then I started charting and did that for a year. After I had my first kid I didn't worry about charting since BFing really helped but we wouldn't be averse to another pregnancy. Otherwise I wouldn't count on BFing as the sole method of birth control. Either way, BFing kept my period away for 10 months and even then I didn't have a fertile cycle until this last January. Even when you don't chart there are certain signs your body gives you that you'll learn to read.

After this second child I may start to chart again but will most likely just do CM for a while.
I stopped temping when I learned to read what the "other" signs are that my body shows. It was much easier. Temping got to be a real pain.
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I get bad cramps when I ovulate, so that's an easy sign, but I know that there are a couple of days before ovulation when you're also fertile and finding those has really taught me a lot about me!

Question: My mama always said this and I have no idea if it's true or if it was her way of trying to make me feel better, but she always said if you get bad menstrual cramps and know there is no medical cause (ie. endometriosis) it is a good chance that you're very fertile and could conceive easily. Is this an old wives' tale?
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Yeah, but at least you "support the troops" as often as you can!
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Didn't you get the memo? They're not "troops" anymore, they're terrorists!

But yeah, there's this certain one. . . I should be getting some hot screen door banging action in about a month & a half!
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Question: My mama always said this and I have no idea if it's true or if it was her way of trying to make me feel better, but she always said if you get bad menstrual cramps and know there is no medical cause (ie. endometriosis) it is a good chance that you're very fertile and could conceive easily. Is this an old wives' tale?
This is interesting. I've never heard that before...
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Didn't you get the memo? They're not "troops" anymore, they're terrorists!
The "troops" are "terrorists"?

Is this some sort of 1984 newspeak? :headscratch:headscratch.gif

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I get bad cramps when I ovulate, so that's an easy sign, but I know that there are a couple of days before ovulation when you're also fertile and finding those has really taught me a lot about me!

Question: My mama always said this and I have no idea if it's true or if it was her way of trying to make me feel better, but she always said if you get bad menstrual cramps and know there is no medical cause (ie. endometriosis) it is a good chance that you're very fertile and could conceive easily. Is this an old wives' tale?
I would think it's just an old wives tale. I have never had problems with cramps, bloating, severe PMS or anything like that, and I conceived on the first try both times. I thinkt hat fertility has more to do with the mother's health and maternal age. conception is all about timing. you have to know when your fertile time is, or it's just not going to work.
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cramps during ovulation is normal - called middleschmertz

Medussa, I had noticable discharge those first 3 cycles but January's cycle was DEFINITELY EWC. I didn't even have to check (sorry for TMI). Sounds like you may be there.
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cramps during ovulation is normal - called mittlesmurtz (can't remember the correct spelling)

Medussa, I had noticable discharge those first 3 cycles but January's cycle was DEFINITELY EWC. I didn't even have to check (sorry for TMI). Sounds like you may be there.
Mittelschmerz - middle pain in German.
I had this for so long without knowing what it was, because you don't hear as much about it.
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I get bad cramps when I ovulate, so that's an easy sign, but I know that there are a couple of days before ovulation when you're also fertile and finding those has really taught me a lot about me!

Question: My mama always said this and I have no idea if it's true or if it was her way of trying to make me feel better, but she always said if you get bad menstrual cramps and know there is no medical cause (ie. endometriosis) it is a good chance that you're very fertile and could conceive easily. Is this an old wives' tale?
I'd say Old Wives' tale, because I had TERRIBLE cramps and was not incredibly fertile. It took 18 months to conceive #1, 8 for #2 and 10 for #3.

I am on the Pill, because it lessens my cramps and my flow greatly. Plus it's sort of in my hands. If I get pregnant again, it's my fault, it's not because some Dr. didn't tie my tubes or my husband's right, or didn't place the IUD in right. As long as I use it correctly, I know I won't get pregnant.

Although, after 3 kids, I'm toying with the idea of both me AND DH getting fixed and STILL staying on the Pill. Just to be doubly- triply- extra sure.
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I get bad cramps when I ovulate, so that's an easy sign, but I know that there are a couple of days before ovulation when you're also fertile and finding those has really taught me a lot about me!

Question: My mama always said this and I have no idea if it's true or if it was her way of trying to make me feel better, but she always said if you get bad menstrual cramps and know there is no medical cause (ie. endometriosis) it is a good chance that you're very fertile and could conceive easily. Is this an old wives' tale?
I'd say Old Wives' tale, because I had TERRIBLE cramps and was not incredibly fertile. It took 18 months to conceive #1, 8 for #2 and 10 for #3.

I am on the Pill, because it lessens my cramps and my flow greatly. Plus it's sort of in my hands. If I get pregnant again, it's my fault, it's not because some Dr. didn't tie my tubes or my husband's right, or didn't place the IUD in right. As long as I use it correctly, I know I won't get pregnant.

Although, after 3 kids, I'm toying with the idea of both me AND DH getting fixed and STILL staying on the Pill. Just to be doubly- triply- extra sure.
Wives tale. I have ridiculous cramps, mennageria (spelled wrong), and it is extremely hard for me to concieve and/or carry to term. My twins are a miracle (and million dollar babies.....thank god for insurance)
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My twins are a miracle (and million dollar babies.....thank god for insurance)
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thanks for the correct spelling Amneris. Yup it's not an old wive's tale and really completely normal.

Here's a link with a definition of the term. Apparently only happens to about 20% of women but doesn't mean anything is wrong. I used to get slight cramping on one side right around ovulation to the point that I knew which ovary was releasing the egg.
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i hate the idea of going back to never knowing when my period's coming.
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birth control pill for me - i love it! i went on it when i was 18 for wildly irregular periods (sometimes i would skip months, sometimes every 2 weeks i'd get it). i'm actually dreading going off of it someday when husband (to-be) and i want to have kids. i hate the idea of going back to never knowing when my period's coming.
My mom said that before she had kids, her periods were wildly irregular too. After having the first one, it came every 28 days like clockwork.

I don't really have any such problems with my periods and my mom said birth control pills (she was on them before having my brother) actually made her break out more. I'm afraid genetics might lend me similar tendencies, so I just stick to condoms and rhythym. Like bounce, I just think it's pretty interesting to track my cycle and know what exact changes take place in my body at each point in my cycle.
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Condoms. I'm far to forgetful to rely on the pill
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I have a progesterone deficiency. So IF I get pregnant, it is very hard for me to carry to term. The placenta does not start producing progesterone until around 14 weeks. Without progeterone my body won't sustain a pregnancy. If the pregnancy is not caught early enough, I miscarry. I found out that I was pregant at 5 weeks because I miscarried one child and the bleeding tipped me off as to my condition as well as the doctor. I was able to take progesterone and carry my children past the crucial stage.

I had severe morning sickness to the point I was constantly dehydrated; and, went into labor the first time at 24 weeks. I was in and out of the hospital (admitted) 10 times before I deliverd them by C-Section. I went to the hospital for stress tests from 30 weeks on twice a week; and, was put on bed rest at that time. I developed Pregancy Induced Hypertension. All, in all pregnancy was horrible for me, and, I reallly wanted to enjoy it.

I am happy to say that they were both over 6lbs and I made it to 37.5 weeks. I gave birth to them by c-section after being in labor (not intense but plenty) for three days. I was given a morphine spinal and we found out I am allergic to morphine. It was pretty bad and I almost died. I didn't see them until they were 10 hours old or so. They also had jaundice; and, a visiting nurse came to check up on all three of us for the first six weeks. I still had health problems and the nurse monitored me as well as my children.

All of that really added up. You should have seen the hospital bills for all three of us due to pregnancy/child birth/aftercare. I wasn't joking when I said they were million dollar babies

Please know that I am not complaining or whining about any of the above. It was the only way I knew how to answer the question. Also, the medical facts I stated are from memory and happened 10 years ago. Some might be slightly off or out dated
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Wow, Im glad you`re here with us! In spite of your suffering, you are reaping the benefit of having two precious children
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My twins are a miracle (and million dollar babies.....thank god for insurance)
How so?
I have a progesterone deficiency. So IF I get pregnant, it is very hard for me to carry to term. The placenta does not start producing progesterone until around 14 weeks. Without progeterone my body won't sustain a pregnancy. If the pregnancy is not caught early enough, I miscarry. I found out that I was pregant at 5 weeks because I miscarried one child and the bleeding tipped me off as to my condition as well as the doctor. I was able to take progesterone and carry my children past the crucial stage.

I had severe morning sickness to the point I was constantly dehydrated; and, went into labor the first time at 24 weeks. I was in and out of the hospital (admitted) 10 times before I deliverd them by C-Section. I went to the hospital for stress tests from 30 weeks on twice a week; and, was put on bed rest at that time. I developed Pregancy Induced Hypertension. All, in all pregnancy was horrible for me, and, I reallly wanted to enjoy it.

I am happy to say that they were both over 6lbs and I made it to 37.5 weeks. I gave birth to them by c-section after being in labor (not intense but plenty) for three days. I was given a morphine spinal and we found out I am allergic to morphine. It was pretty bad and I almost died. I didn't see them until they were 10 hours old or so. They also had jaundice; and, a visiting nurse came to check up on all three of us for the first six weeks. I still had health problems and the nurse monitored me as well as my children.

All of that really added up. You should have seen the hospital bills for all three of us due to pregnancy/child birth/aftercare. I wasn't joking when I said they were million dollar babies

Please know that I am not complaining or whining about any of the above. It was the only way I knew how to answer the question. Also, the medical facts I stated are from memory and happened 10 years ago. Some might be slightly off or out dated
Thanks so much for sharing your story, and I'm so happy for you that everything turned out fine. And, goodness... if you hadn't had health insurance... *shudders*
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