Family Planning and Children

If there is one subject related to marriage that I love to talk about, it’s sex! 🙂 Don’t worry (or be disappointed depending on how warped your mind may be), I am not referring to anything dirty or inappropriate here.  Instead, I am talking about how healthy sexuality should play a key role in a vibrant and successful marriage.

Of course, it is difficult to talk about sexuality and marriage without also discussing the issue of family planning and decisions related to bringing children into this world.  Good news!  I also have a passion for this subject and feel like I can offer a great deal of practical and hopefully comforting advice on this topic.

It just so happens that my wife and I are regular presenters on the topic of Sexuality and Family Planning in the marriage preparation class offered by our church. In fact, it was our involvement in this program, along with our interaction with many engaged and married couples, that inspired the creation of the Engaged Marriage blog and website.

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You will find a lot of valuable resources related to having a healthy sexual relationship and finding the right family planning approach for your marriage in this category.  In particular, I hope to shed some light and spread the word about the family planning method that my wife and I have chosen: Natural Family Planning (NFP).

Whether for practical, moral, health, religious, financial or other reasons, many couples are not comfortable with their current forms of family planning.  This was an issue that we struggled with for the first four years of our marriage until we were blessed to discover (through a rather interesting journey) the practice of Natural Family Planning. I can hardly wait to share both the benefits and challenges of NFP, especially the fantastic positive effect it was had on our marriage and our overall relationship.  However, I am told that blog posts are best left shorter and sweeter, so I will save that for another day (but soon).

Before I wrap up this introductory post on Marriage, Sex and Family Planning, I did want to alert you to keep an eye out for what I feel will be a unique review of a product we have decided to use, the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor.  While we have successfully used Natural Family Planning for more than four years now to both quickly conceive and effectively space-out our two children, we feel like adding this monitor to our “toolbox” may help add another level of quality and effectiveness (especially since we are thinking of trying for Baby #3 soon).

I plan to purchase one of these from Amazon (based on their price and shipping offers) in the next few days, so we can start trying it out so stay tuned for updates.  If you are interested in reading more about this monitor or possibly purchasing one, you can click on the links for the MonitorClearblue Easy Fertility Monitor, the SticksClearblue Easy Fertility Monitor Sticks or the Monitor and Test Sticks Combo Package.

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About the author 


Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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    1. Thanks, Cory! You are my first commenter, and the affirmation is great to hear as I get things rolling on this site. I appreciate your interest and the work you do in this field as well.

  1. Very interesting so far my friend…I have the CLear Blue Easy monitor ( got it about 5 years ago when thinking of planning ofr Jack) and have thus been pleased! Hope you will find that too!

  2. I cannot wait to read your next postings! My sister is in a committed relationship (possibly ready to be engaged) and we have just had many of the same topics you have written about come up in recent conversations. I will definitely be passing along your site to her as a resource! I think there is such a need for twenty somethings to know that real relationships and marriage are not like the ones they see on T.V. or on soap operas – nor should they expect them to be! Marriage is the toughest challenge I have ever faced, but it can also be so rewarding! Keep up the great work, Dustin.

  3. Thanks so much for you awesome comments, Kate! You have really summarized exactly the impact that I hope this site can have as a resource for younger couples (and not-so-young couples dealing with these same issues). Obviously, this site is in its infancy with just four articles, but I do hope to build a great deal of content over time. Please let me know if you or your sister have further suggestions, especially related to content. Also, if either of you would like an easy way to keep-up-date on new postings, you can subscribe via RSS (like Google Reader if you follow any other blogs) or by email on the sidebar. Thanks again!

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