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Congratulations on your decision! :) I went off the pill because it just didn't feel right anymore and since then I feel like I've gained myself back.

I've been successfully using the fertility awareness method in combination with diaphragm for over a year now to prevent conception. I don't use spermicides, however - they're not sold in my country at all and my gyno told me they're not necessary and that the diaphragm works almost just as well without them (and I believe her). I feel much more comfortable knowing there's no chemicals affecting my vagina and cervix. Of course, the spermicide does add extra protection, but it's also more tedious to apply.

The method itself is pretty easy once you have regular cycles and if you do it properly. Then you have about 8-10 days in a cycle where you need to use protection, just to be sure. I usually ovulate on CD 17 or so, so I start using the diaphragm on CD 13 at the latest and keep using it untill I've had 3 days of elevated temperature.

It's also a great preparation for when you want to conceive - you know exactly what is going on with your body and you can time your intercourse accordingly.

I know that my cycles became normal within 3 months after going off the pill. The first couple of months I used the diaphragm all the time, then I stopped using it 3 days after ovulation and immediately following my period, until I narrowed down my fertile days and I only use it then.

You might want to supplement the FAM with an ovulation predictor - I highly recommend the saliva microscope. It's relatively cheap, easy to use and it lasts forever. It also shows you the exact beginning and ending of your fertile days.

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. I wish you the best of luck!





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