But, I can still be excited for National Natural Family Planning Week!! :)
We also know that I have talked about my journey on here... and that I am stilllll struggling with staying on top of my charting. I have a touch of the lazies right now with it. But, I
I just wanted to take a moment and encourage all you single ladies to really learn about NFP now, while you are single. If you feel that God is calling you to be married one day, then you will do yourself a HUGE favor by learning now, instead of rushing it a few months before your wedding. Plus, don't you want to see firsthand how AWESOME your body is?
Wait... what is NFP again?
It's basically learning the signs that your body naturally makes as it relates to your menstrual cycle so that you know when you are fertile/infertile to help achieve or avoid pregnancy.
So, why do I want to know this as a single lady?
Good question! As you learn about NFP, you learn what a "normal" cycle usually consists of (click here for an overview) and what signs your body will show in each phase of the cycle. What's great about learning this now, is that if your body doesn't seem to be showing the signs that you learned or a certain phase is longer/shorter, there is a possibility of something abnormal that could affect your ability to get pregnant in the future. Wouldn't it be awesome to know those things NOW, so if there was an issue (ie PCOS, endometriosis, etc) you could make lifestyle changes or get surgery? That way when you are married and it's time to try having a baby, your chances are already higher!
So, even though as a single lady, we are not trying to get pregnant, we ARE trying to learn the most we can about ourselves and our bodies so that we can be fully prepared to give of ourselves completely to our future hubbies.
Plus, once we do get married, it's the most natural, cost effective, side-effect free way to space a family! It's complete communication with your husband every single month about what is appropriate for the family at that time. It's being open to life, no matter what. And, yes, it will require a few days out of the month (or longer if you are being conservative) of abstinence. WHAT? Hey, marriage is all about sacrifice, right? I think for the sake of your family and your relationship with your husband, this is a pretty minimal thing to do.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Check out iusenfp.com and 1Flesh.org for all things NFP!
Or, this awesome series on women's NFP stories.
Annnnnd... check out other people who are celebrating NFP Week, too!
(And, yes... this is day one of 7 posts in 7 days that Jen has all nudged us to try! :))