How to set the new style Clearblue fertility monitor ahead five days for Marquette NFP

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As new Marquette NFP users, we decided to buy the new style fertility monitor, which came out in January of this year. We figured it would be the standard eventually, and that sooner or later there would be no tech support for the old style monitor. Plus, it's cheaper than the old one -- although the old one occasionally goes on sale at Rite Aid. In postpartum cycles before menses return, you're supposed to create artificial cycles by setting the monitor ahead five days; but the new … [Read more...]

Ding ding! Your wife is ready. Sex Ed at the Fishers, part II

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I've recently started using Marquette, and haven't yet formed the habit of putting the monitor away in the morning. (I haven't yet formed the habit of putting anything away, to be honest, but that's a separate problem.) This means that the kids keep finding it and going, "oooOOOOOoooo, what's THIS?" Because yeah, the new style monitor kinda looks familiar:  It's confusing, Bill. We're all confused.Nevertheless, as parents, we believe in Always Answering Questions, … [Read more...]

About the Pope’s “don’t be like rabbits” remark UPDATED

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   Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons First, kudos for Erin of Bearing Blog for spurring me to reread the full transcript of the Pope's recent in-flight remarks. He didn't precisely say "Catholics shouldn't be like rabbits" (and he never used the word "breed" at all). What happened was that the reporter asked him what he thought about the idea that so many in the Philippines are poor because of the Church's ban on contraception. The Pope replied: God gives you means to be r … [Read more...]

Other people’s blessings

  I've had to remind myself, over and over again, that couples who really do love NFP aren't just lying. The "Oh, how I love the monthly cycle of courtship and honeymoon!" crowd haven't drunk any Kool-Aid. They're not necessarily undersexed, brainwashed saps who have never encountered true suffering.   They're just different from me, and if I expect them to respect my struggles, then I need to learn to respect their joy. Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]

Desperate need for Creighton NFP instructors in Portland

So, you live in the Portland, Oregon area and want to learn about Creighton NFP.  You'll be talking to someone about your body, your health, maybe your sex life, your marriage, even . . .  DUN dun dun . . . your mucus. Would you like to have this kind of teacher? PIC mean teacherOr maybe this kind of teacher?Kate L. (pictured at right -- and yes, I believe we were talking about NFP!) is exactly the kind of person you want to be teaching NFP -- sympathetic, funny, sincere, … [Read more...]

Progesterone cream (prescription and OTC) improved my Creighton NFP charting of cycles and now NFP is tolerable instead of intolerable

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This is my story of how progesterone cream made NFP tolerable, instead of intolerable.The following post is purely in the interest of public service, and is not especially entertaining, amusing, or edifying (hence the Google-friendly title).  I am not offering medical advice! I am just telling my story, in hopes that it will encourage other women to talk to their doctors, too.  I wish I had done it a lot sooner, because now my cycles became intelligible, and NFP became endurable.This p … [Read more...]

Two great questions from men about NFP

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I had a great interview with the witty and insightful Scott Eric Alt of Logos & Muse yesterday, and he incorporated parts of our conversation into his review, Seven Reasons to Read Simcha Fisher’s Book on NFP.  This question came up: Why should we trust this mother of nine to make the case for NFP? That’s a fecun­dity beyond all rea­son! Either she’s not using NFP at all (oh the deceit!) or it does not really work. Nancy Pelosi infa­mously said that you call NFP-users “mama” and “dada,” and … [Read more...]


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