Hi, I'm Questa or Quez for short. I'm 25 (for another month anyway). Female. Just found the forum 2 days ago while researching alternative birth control methods and saw that there's just a lot of info here as well as a healthy community, so it drew me to joining.
I've had experiences with hormonal contraceptives in the past and I guess I was looking for a new alternative, natural family planning is sounding amazing right now. I've joined Fertility Friend, and I actually bought a thermometer yesterday but couldn't bring myself to use it this morning because it beeps loudly ten times after it confirms temp! Didn't want to wake OH. Ah well, I can start tomorrow I guess!
I'm going to order TCOYF... A lady comp is fairly out of reach financially at the moment and I need to research, chart a bit and do some convincing of OH that it's all ok, etc. Maybe go to an info session or something. I have been reading reviews of TCOYF and it sounds amazing simply information-wise, so I'm really keen to get it and start learnin'!
A funny thing I picked up on while researching Australian government/medical websites about NFP. There were some interesting statistics, such as "When used for a year by 100 women, the different methods have the following failure rates: the temperature method will result in 14-24 pregnancies; the mucus method 20 pregnancies; and the sympto-thermal method 16 pregnancies." (http://www.mydr.com.au/babies-pregnancy/contraception-natural-family-planning
Of course, that statistic does not tell you whether the couples involved were only permitted the one type for NFP. For instance, we'd be open to using condoms during red-light days, or if charting was mucked up for a set period of time, etc. I believe that would greatly decrease our likelihood of conceiving unintentionally. (I'm studying research methods at uni at the moment so any statistic is likely to cause me to lol slightly, especially when there's basically no other info backing it up!)
Otherwise, most of those websites were fairly positive towards NFP, which I think is good info for OH.
Hennyway... that's about it. Also, while out last night, I felt like I was in another world after all the info I absorbed yesterday. It's really empowering!