Initially my husband and I used Symto-Thermo Method (STM). I was very excited about it even though Hubby was skeptical. I like the symto part or cervical fluid/mucus. The thermo started to crush me. My temp readings were low, but an updated version said for some women that was normal. HB didn't have a great schedule, but once we had one it was fine. It wasn't until Knee came on the scene that things fell apart. Hubby hated the method (or rather how I was doing things) and I wasn't sleeping well at all.
I finally gave up and we started using a very conservative version of Billings or Creighton. Basically just the symto part.
But a few months ago, Hubby complained about it. Being a scientist, he didn't like that I was basically using the Two-Day Method. I had stopped using paper charts or electronic charts at this point. He actually went and sought out advice from a priest, which is serious because according to Hubby he is not Catholic. We agreed to using a method with 2 data points, and so we went back to STM.
I'm not happy with STM. It requires you to basically get up in the morning at the same time and take your temps every day. Some people enjoy this regimented schedule. I am not one of them. It got worse when Hubby started doing all the charts. He's very meticulous. He doesn't like all the variability. "Your temps are so hard to read." And he's waking me up but shoving a thermometer in my face when he gets up. From all the NFP propaganda, you get this picture in your head of your beloved husband brushing your hair back in the morning, saying good morning, and handing you a thermometer when you use STM. The reality is/was it's my husband getting up before it's day light and saying "you need to take your temp before the boys wake up. here." I want to roll over and sleep in, but he's shoving this thing at me and insisting that I take my temp. Or he's cursing because the reading cleared out. We were clashing.
So I suggested using another method. There are hormonal methods out there, I told him. He wants data and I want convenience. I don't like having awkward conversations about checking cervical mucus around my children. I want to be able to take two seconds and be done. I hate pouring over charts and having lengthy discussions about what they mean. I suppose I could try the LadyComp, which is a computerized thermometer. But that's expensive for what it does. It shouldn't be so complicated, right?
I've been looking into a couple of methods. There's the popular one that uses a Clear Blue Easy Monitor called Marquette Method. It's a bit pricy, but it sounds more convenient. It's not like I don't have to pee in the morning anyway. So I'm leaning toward that one. Ebay is selling monitors for a fraction of the cost of a new one. You'd just have to invest in buying the sticks. I know a couple of online friends who really like it and manage to budget for it.
But then there's also OvaCue, which has been around for a little while. It uses sensors to detect hormonal changes in your saliva and cervical mucus. You pay an upfront cost, but then after that there's no additional cost. The newest model can connect to your mobile device or I pad or I pod. I've been reading some reviews and people like that one too.
So what method do you use if you use a method? Do you like it? Is it the "perfect" method for you?