Lindsay, 20, fertility awareness methods

I've been charting and tracking for about three years.

Lindsay first started using birth control after giving birth as a teen. After trying a number of hormonal methods, she decided to start practicing fertility awareness methods.

For the last three years, she’s been looking at her cervix, charting the consistency of her mucus, and monitoring her basal body temperature. She now knows what to expect from her body—and what her mood will be like—throughout her menstrual cycle.

Though she’s aware of when she’s most fertile, Lindsay chooses not to abstain during those times. Instead, she then uses female condoms to make sure she’s always protected.

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