Question: I’ve been getting the depo and me and my fiancé have been trying to get a little one … I was up in February to get my next shot and we’ve been trying …. is there any pills or shot I can get to make me ovulate or start to receive faster?
Answer: Depo-Provera prevents pregnancy three ways: delays ovulation, thickens cervical mucous and thins uterine lining. Although Depo-Provera requires an injection every three months, it can take several months up to two years for all of the hormone to leave a woman’s bloodstream, allowing her menstrual cycle to become more regular. While you are unable to impact the timing of when your ovulation will return, it would be helpful to track your fertility. You can use cycle beads, keep track on a calendar or keep a journal of when your period starts, how long it lasts and how many days until you start your period the next month. A regular menstrual cycle is 26-32 days long, or 26-32 days between the start of your period one month to the next.
“I would like to know the exact steps that i should take when first tring to do the natural family planning my piriod comes some what irregular seince i started to check my cycle these are the days that they have come 11-27-06, 1-15-07, 2-22-07 and last 4 to 5 days in between. please help me”
A: Not being familiar with your medical history, it is difficult to give you an exact answer. Generally you need to begin by charting your cycles for at least 3-6 months. Natural Family Planning involves checking calendar days, charting temperature changes, and noting discharges in vaginal discharge. There are many books and websites you can refer to give you more specific information. We’d also advise consulting your physician to make sure this method is appropriate for you.
“I start having brown spotting for a week then I start my normal period which lasts about 5-7 more days, for a total of 11-14 days from brown spotting to finishing my period… how would I chart my cycle for natural family planning? Would my start date be when I start spotting or not till I actually have red blood???”
A: “Natural Family Planning doesn’t deal with the time span between bleeding, but by observations of the body made between.
The days just before and just after ovulation are determined by checking the woman’s cervical mucus. You can also check by charting your tempertature each day with a basal body temperature thermometer. At the time of ovulation, a woman’s temperature will rise slightly.
If you still have questions or are concerned with the irregularity of your periods, we recommend you consult your physician.”
“What methods can I use in natural family planning if I am a woman with irregular cycles?”
A: Natural Family Planning involves checking calendar days, charting temperature changes, and checking cervical mucous to determine when ovulation takes place. You can chart your tempertature each day with a basal body temperature thermometer. At the time of ovulation, a woman’s temperature will rise slightly. With irregular cycles, it might be more challenging to determine ovulation each month, so we recommend you speak with your health care provider to get more information on natural family planning.