I just finished my last pack of birth control for what will hopefully be a while! No, we're not ready to start trying quite yet, but I'd been having some unpleasant side effects and we figured it'd be good to give my body a break from the pill so when we are ready to start trying - we can jump right in!
For now I'll be using the fertility awareness method (FAM) for birth control. I learned this technique a few years ago and really liked it. But then life got crazy and it was hard for me to follow (since you have to take your temperature every day before you get out of bed - hard to do when you're always on the go!). But now that life has settled into a more predictable routine, I'm hoping I can give FAM a real shot this time.
The upsides are that it's drug-free (bringing the AM pill count down to "just" 6) and it helps you determine when you're ovulating. So, when we're ready to try, we should have a good idea of the best time to get pregnant. If you're interested in learning more about FAM, I highly recommend checking out the book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" or visit www.tcoyf.com.
We're definitely making progress from where we were when I started this blog. It's been a great catalyst for talking more with my husband about what we both want for our futures. Right now, we're at the point where a baby is all just a matter of timing. I'm hoping we'll start at the end of the summer/beginning of fall, but we'll see. Just knowing that it will happen at some in the near future seems to have calmed my ticking biological clock, so I'm feeling a little more patient these days.