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Breastfeeding protocol
for fertility monitor


Breastfeeding protocol
for mucus


NFP and long cycles

NFP and short cycles

Perimenopause

NFP after using
hormonal contraception


Stress

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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