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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 Unusual Bleeding

The menstrual flow or menses (also called the period) is the external sign that the lining of the womb (or endometrium) is sloughing.  The beginning of the menses is considered the first day of the menstrual period and usually the greatest flow is on the first and second day of the menses, after that the flow begins to taper off.  Speroff and Fritz (2005, p. 549) define a normal menstrual period to be about 4-5 days long occurring approximately every 24 to 35 days.  Management of unusual bleeding, which occurs outside of a normal menses, is to consider those days with unusual bleeding as fertile.  If this occurs more than three consecutive cycles please contact your NFP nurse.  See instructions below for managing unusual bleeding with cervical mucus monitoring. (Example Unusual Bleeding).

First 6 cycles

Second 6 cycles

THE BEGINNING OF FERTILITY:

1.
Fertility BEGINS on day 6 of the first 6 cycles.
2.

After 6 cycles, fertility BEGINS on the earliest day of “peak” type mucus during the last 6 cycles minus 6 days or the first "high" mucus reading or any bleeding outside of the menses – whichever comes first.


THE END OF FERTILITY:

1.
Fertility ENDS on the last “peak” day of cervical mucus plus 3 full days.
2.

After 6 cycles, fertility ENDS on the last “peak” day of the last 6 cycles plus 3 full days, or the last "peak" day of cervical mucus plus a count of 3 full days - whichever comes first.

Speroff, L & Fritz, M (2005) Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility (7th Ed.) Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins





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