|I use the Ahaba Marriage Meter app.|
Here's what happened. My cycle started out normal enough. I menstruated, indicated by the red stamps, and a day of spotting. Then I began my early infertile days, as indicated by the yellow stamps, from the 3rd to the 6th. After this I began my fertile phase, shown with the white baby stamps. Then I had a dry day. Aha! That meant my peak day was the day before, on the 12th. Everything was still normal. Then it happened. I observed fertile-type cervical fluid again for a few days. Okay. I guess the 12th wasn't my peak. Then I had a day of dryness. But wait, followed by fertile-type fluid, then not, then again. What!?!
So for the first two possible peak days I was utterly confused and was wondering what was UP with my cycle. Then a light-bulb went on. The awesome female body has a built-in mechanism to deal with stress. If a woman is under quite a lot of stress, her body thinks, "Now wouldn't be a great time to get pregnant. You know what? I think I'll wait a little longer to ovulate." So that's what it does. The body gears up to ovulate, but then because of stress, it doesn't. Then it gears up to ovulate again, and maybe it will, or maybe it'll wait still longer.
So, why was I especially thankful for NFP when I had such a peculiar cycle? Because my body gave me a clear sign that I was doing too much and was under too much stress. The length of my cycle was normal. My period was normal. If I didn't use NFP I wouldn't have even known that anything was amiss. I might have continued with my self-imposed hectic franticness, but instead, when I saw this, I made changes. I limited the amount of work that I brought home. I stopped working from the moment I woke to the moment I dropped into bed at night. I made it an effort to relax and do more things that I found relaxing, both with my family and for myself.
I love the health information that NFP can give women. We live in a fast-paced society and are often under a lot of pressure to function at full-speed ahead everyday and tackle every item on our to-do lists. In opposition to this, the woman who has the knowledge of Natural Family Planning is encouraged to take care of her health and to honor her needs. I think that is something we could all use sometimes.