NFP - that's Natural Family Planning. And no, it's not the Rhythm Method. Not even close.
It was this week last year that I first learned what NFP is through reading many of your blogs. I feel so blessed to be a part of the 'club' this year.
I go through phases where I start to get very angry though.
Angry that no one taught me NFP.
Angry that when girls are taught about their cycle in high school that they are not taught how it really works. That we are left to think that every cycle is 28 days and on day 14 we ovulate. It's no wonder there are pregnant teenagers out there who really don't understand how they got pregnant.
Angry that the horrific side effects of the pill are printed in tiny print using medical jargon on a piece of paper no one (not even me, and I read everything) reads. And those who do read it, how many actually understand what it's telling you?
Angry at all of the other side effects of the pill. And frankly scared to death at which ones might catch up with me.
Angry that in Catholic Marriage Prep classes, the words Natural Family Planning were never uttered.
And so today, I'm writing to hopefully let someone whose reading this know that there is another reliable option. There is a way to honor your fertility and postpone pregnancy. I always see the bright side of things, and the bright side of this is that I did learn about NFP. And that maybe, just maybe, one person will read this and it will make them think about the choices they are making and seek out a better way.
We are worth it.