“Natural family planning” is a form of fertility management where a woman uses the signs her body naturally gives her to determine the point in her menstrual cycle when she is most fertile. For many women, this system is preferable to the uncomfortable and unhealthy side effects that can accompany the use of hormonal birth control methods. If you are a man with a partner who has chosen a natural family planning method of birth control, it is important for you to know that you have a part to play in supporting her with her choice. Below are some ways in which you can work with your partner to achieve your fertility goals.
- Make sure your significant other knows that you support her natural birth control choice. This means that although it may be frustrating to abstain from sex during her fertile time, you should not act differently toward her because of it. Let her know you love her regardless of what day of the month it might be.
- If you are trying to conceive a baby, show patience with the process. Research shows there is no need to see a doctor for intervention until you have been trying to conceive for one year without success. When your significant other does get pregnant, you will need to be there for her more than ever to make her life easier from day to day as her body is rapidly changing.
- Share some responsibility with your partner regarding her natural family planning method of choice. For example, if she is using Lady-Comp, you might want to give her a gentle reminder to take her temperature before she gets out of bed each morning.
- Be open and honest. Communication is what makes a couple successful. If you have questions about your partner’s method of family planning, don’t hesitate to ask her.
Be sure to check out our other 2 parts of the Natural Family Planning Series over the next 2 weeks.