Natural Family Planning
A Healthy Option for a Lifetime of Love
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and/or postpone pregnancies. NFP uses the naturally infertile periods in marriage as the basis for couple-centered family planning that never separates the unitive and the procreative aspects of marital intimacy. One for the most comprehensive websites on NFP, designed exclusively for and by millennials is http://iusenfp.com/, which holds a wealth of testimonies, medical information and other resources to support and witness to couples interested in NFP.
NFP education helps couples to fully understand their combined fertility, in a completely eco-friendly, organic and non-pharmacological manner. Through reciprocal respect for the male and female’s fertility, shared responsibility and mutual self control on the part of both spouses, NFP promotes the understanding of intercourse as both a physical and spiritual act, emphasizing complete openness and dialogue in a couple’s family planning.
NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. Ask any couples who practice NFP and they will all agree – by respecting the intertwined love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP enriches and strengthens the unique bond between a husband and wife.
NFP does not involve the use of any medications, drugs or devices, is completely safe and has no harmful side effects. The self-knowledge that couples gain by using it is valuable in helping them to maintain good reproductive health.
When couples receive proper instruction, understand the method and are motivated to follow it, NFP is up to 99% successful in avoiding or achieving pregnancy. For a comprehensive and list of over 90 published and peer-reviewed studies from multiple unbiased sources from 2000 through 2012 which can speak to the scientific nature and effectiveness of NFP methods, please check out www.archlou.org/nfp-studies.
There are several different “methods” for practicing NFP, but all of them involve training and accompaniment by either certified and experienced couples or medical practitioners, as follows:
- Couple to Couple League
Locally taught classes with certified instructor couples. For information or to register, visit www.ccli.org.
- Northwest Family Services
On-line classes. For more information or to register, visit www.catholicmarriageprep.com/course-info/nfp-training.
- Creighton Model
For information about this on-line, on-demand method, visit: www.learnNFPonline.com.
- Marquette Method
This method utilizes the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor in determining fertile periods in a woman’s cycle. More information can be found at nfp.marquette.edu and for online instruction, please contact Sarah Tramonte at Nfpmarquette@gmail.com.
- NaPro Technology
Natural Procreative Technology, or NaPro Technology, can help monitor and maintain a woman’s reproductive and gynecological health. NaPro Technology provides women with truly moral treatment options to a variety of issues, including infertility, PCOS, repetitive miscarriage, menstrual cramps, irregular or abnormal bleeding, hormonal abnormalities, and other reproductive health problems.
Humanae Vitae – Encyclical of Pope Paul VI on the regulation of birth
From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: