What is Natural Family Planning?
Natural Family Planning (NFP) or Fertility Awareness are the general titles for the scientific, natural and moral methods of family planning that can help married couples either achieve or avoiod pregnancies. NFP methods are based on the observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of the woman's cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy.
Since the methods of NFP respect the love-giving (unitive) and life-giving (procreative) nature of the conjugal act, they take advantage of God’s design for married love!
Benefits of NFP
- 100% Natural with No Side Effects
- 97-99% Effective in Avoiding Pregnancy
- Enhances Communication and Intimacy with Partner
- Can Help Diagnose Reproductive Health Issues:
- Infertility, Menstrual Cramps, Endometriosis, Etc.
- Can be used during post-partum, breastfeeding, and premenopause
Fertility Awareness Methods
These methods teach users to daily observe and chart changes in the color and consistency of cervical mucus, in order to better understand one's fertility. A woman learns how to identify the normal, healthy, cervical mucus which indicates the days that sexual intercourse is most likely to result in pregnancy.
Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMS)
Relies upon the standardized observation and charting of biological markers that are the keys to information regarding a woman’s health and fertility. These “biomarkers” tell the couple when they are naturally fertile and infertile, allowing the couple to use the system either to achieve or to avoid pregnancy. These biomarkers also reveal any health abnormalities that may be present. Classes are one-on-one with a practitioner and consist of an introductory presentation followed by monthly follow-up meetings until autonomy is achieved.
Family of the Americas
A method that is both simple and affordable, yet still very effective—it uses observation of physical symptoms to chart progress through the woman’s fertility cycle. This method is said to be ideal for a woman discontinuing the use of artificial contraception.
Offers a three-part video series that introduces the science and beauty of the Billings Ovulation Method of NFP. Three months of charting included. Follow-up coaching is available for an additional cost. To learn more and register go to learnnfponline.com
Sympto- Thermal Method
Methods that observe several signs of fertility and cross-check two or more of the signs to pinpoint ovulation are commonly called the “Sympto-Thermal Method” or “STM.”
STM typically combines charting of the Basal Body Temperature (BBT) and cervical mucus with other optional indicators, such as changes in the cervix and secondary fertility signs.
Uses a combination of basal body temperature and observations of physical changes to chart progress through the woman's fertility cycle. This information can be used effectively to either achieve or postpone a pregnancy.
Offers online courses with an experienced personal instructor. The courses consist of 3 comprehensive sessions that takes between 4-12 weeks to complete depending on your pace. It includes chart reviews and study materials. This course is encouraged to be taken as a couple. To register go to symptopro.org
Sympto- Hormonal Method
The method that observes several signs of fertility and adds the use of ovulation predictor kit (OPK) or fertility monitor is called the “Sympto-Hormonal Method” or “SHM.” Similar to Sympto-Thermal, this approach adds the self-detection of reproductive hormones in the urine with the assistance of an OPK or fertility monitor. To learn more about this method see the Marquette Model