Natural Family Planning?

Do you use natural family planning as your birth control? I really want to but I'm kind of scared. I really don't want to get pregnant for at least another year but I don't want to use any hormonal birth control options. We're using condoms right now, but they're kind of a hassle and not necessarily super effective. So my questions for anyone who does NFP are:

1. How hard is it to track? Is it a hassle to constantly be checking yourself?
2. Is it hard to not have sex during your fertile times? Do you have trouble saying no to yourself/your partner?
3. How effective has it been for you? Do you have any 'unplanned' children?

Thanks!

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    Beth
    I have no experience with Natural planning, but I have a friend that has been able to both prevent pregnancy for years, and was then able to use her skills to plan a pregnancy and get pregnant in 2 months!
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      06/12/14
      I don't track naturally, I don't even know -when- I ovulate...I use the pill and always have, except for a brief depo shot stint that I regret. Nina was 'unplanned', as in we weren't expecting her, since I got pregnant with her while on the pill. I think tracking naturally would be hard for us, since my husband has a high sex drive and mine is almost nonexistent lol
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        4Katie
        1. How hard is it to track? Is it a hassle to constantly be checking yourself? Very easy to keep track of. I used a free app on my phone and just entered the info in it. I kept track of cervical mucous and when my period started and stopped. I did not take my basal body temperature.
        2. Is it hard to not have sex during your fertile times? Do you have trouble saying no to yourself/your partner? During my fertile time we used condoms of the pull out method to prevent pregnancy.
        3. How effective has it been for you? Do you have any 'unplanned' children? It was extremely effective for us, we used it for about 5 years and did not have any unplanned pregnancies.
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        06/12/14
        4Katie
        I think it was called iPeriod. I don't know exactly because I don't use it anymore.
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        06/13/14
        I also used an app when I was using the rhythm method. It was pretty easy, and my cycles were fairly standard.
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          06/12/14
          Tonya
          I have only ever used Birth Control or condoms. I don't think I would do well with tracking etc.
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            06/12/14
            My fiance isn't ever in the mood lol, so makes it easy for the planning to go well for me.
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              We did natural family planning before I got pregnant with my son. Granted we only used that method for about 6 months before I got pregnant. Our son was not planned but it was not the fault of the natural planning method, We were just not keeping very good track that month. So totally our mistake!
              I would say that it is not hard to track, well, because...there's an app for that! lol I use Period Tracker, it lets you know when you are ovulating as well as how long you have until your next period. My husband was even in on it with me, he would remind me to put dates in and ask if it was a "flower" day, which is the apps way of telling you that you are ovulating. Having him in on it made it easier to track.
              The hardest part of natural family planning is that it does require just that...planning. It is not as carefree as hormonal birth control. It takes a bit more commitment and care to make sure that you don't get pregnant but it is not that difficult really. And as long as you track it and keep up on it you should be pregnancy free :-)
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                06/12/14
                It's definitely something that both partners have to be on board with. I used an app on my phone to keep track when I first started. Now I am learning to do it all over again since I'm breastfeeding.
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                  06/13/14
                  4Rina
                  I did use it for a time and didn't have an accidental pregnancy. I didn't have an app - just used basic paper and pencil, and it wasn't too hard at all. However, I only used it when I knew that I wouldn't be devastated to get pregnant again. After our last child, I went to condoms b/c I didn't (at the time) want any more and wanted to be 100% sure. Condoms have been absolutely foolproof for us.
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