Just Married -- Lots of Questions!

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I recently got married and was wondering if it is possible to get pregnant on your period? What is a good resource to understanding the whole cycle and hormonal change? I read a little on natural family planning but it's too much information. It seems to be very complicated and I need an easy explanation.

The last question -- do you know of anything to use with a diaphragm not containing nononoxyl-9. It gives me really bad yeast infections. I heard that anything causing an acidic environment might work such as lemon juice but I'm not sure. Any suggestions?

ANSWER

If you have problems with nonoxynl 9, then the diaphragm is not the method for you, as to be safe, you need it. I have never heard of it giving yeast infections, but a bacterial infection is not uncommon, especially early in a marriage. If you have any discharge, you should see your provider to make sure you do not need to be treated.

It is possible but very unlikely that you could get pregnant on your period unless you had just stopped birth control pills.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.