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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 Stress

Stress is a common day to day experience for women in modern society. Some women handle stress well, others not, and as a result need support. Stress can be defined as changes or challenges that place a demand on the individual.  These changes or demands could be positive such as a promotion at work or a marriage; or negative such as an illness or death of a spouse, parent or child.  Both the positive and negative experiences challenge and task the individual.  Stress can be a general day-to-day life experience or it can be a sudden situation.

Stress can affect the menstrual cycle.  With some women this happens more often than others.  Stress can cause more variability in the length of the menstrual cycle – sometimes they are long (See NFP and long menstrual cycles) but usually are shorter (See NFP and short menstrual cycles).  Some women experience changes in the mucus sign.  If a woman is having difficulty finding her fertile window she should consult with her NFP nurse.  She should also work on managing her stress.  Her spouse can be a big help with helping her manage stress.

A woman/couple can manage stress cycles by:

Being aware of stress and possible delay in ovulation.
Resuming intercourse only until confident that she is 3 full days past the peak day.
Finding positive ways of managing stress through proper exercise, diet, sleep, rest and relaxation, and prayer.


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