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Breastfeeding protocol
for fertility monitor

Breastfeeding protocol
for mucus

NFP and long cycles

NFP and short cycles


NFP after using
hormonal contraception


Vaginal Hygiene
and Vaginal Infections

Premensteual Syndrome (PMS)

Continuous Mucus
and Other Body Fluids

Management of
Continuous Mucus

Return to fertility
after child birth

Medical referral
for women's health problems

NFP and unusual bleeding

NFP and the change of life
(the peri-menopause years)

As a woman gets older, the number of eggs she has decreases.  After 40 years of age she might start to notice that her cycles are changing.  Menstrual cycles should generally become shorter as a woman approaches menopause.  In the two years before menopause menstrual cycles will become more variable with some of the cycles being very short and some very long.  When this happens, fertility is decreasing and the probability of pregnancy is very low.

Special Instructions:

Continue to check for your mucus (and/or monitor) and chart every day.
Continue to use the fertility formula as a double check for the beginning and end of the fertile window.
Wait 3 full days after the last peak day to have intercourse.  
If you are having difficulty with finding your fertile window, please consult with your NFP nurse for help.

Lifestyle factors to live with menopause:

Maintain a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and dietary fiber.
Use caffeine and alcohol in moderation. 
Do not smoke.
Get plenty of rest and sleep.
Maintain a regular exercise pattern that includes aerobic, stretching, and weight bearing exercises - exercising 30 minutes almost every day will be a big help. 
Prayer and meditation are good ways of managing stress.

When to anticipate menopause:

Woman over 45 years old.
The difference between the shortest and longest cycle is ≥42 days (6 weeks) over a 2 year period.
Folicle Stimultating Hormone (FSH) >20 (blood test)
Less than 20 cycles are remaining.
Cessation of menses for one year is menopause.

Taffe, J & Dennerstein, L (2002) Time to the final menstrual period. 
Fertility and Sterility 78(2):397-403


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