NFP is a holistic approach to family planning. Once learned it can be used to achieve or postpone a pregnancy. NFP is not a contraceptive as it does nothing to suppress or block conception. The video on this page is used with permission of the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona.
All natural methods are scientifically based on the woman’s pattern of fertility and infertility. Couples learn to understand, respect and appreciate their combined fertility. Today’s NFP is not the old Rhythm Method of the past. With proper instruction and following the few simple rules the methods are 98-99% effective.
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Two Basic Methods of Natural Family Planning
The Sympto-Thermal Method
A couple learns to chart her basal body temperature each morning, and to chart the changes in her cervical mucus pattern throughout the cycle and determine which days are considered fertile or infertile and follow the rules to either achieve or postpone a pregnancy.
The Ovulation Method
A couple charts her cervical mucus pattern throughout the cycle to determine her days of fertility or infertility and follow the rules to either achieve or postpone a pregnancy.
Abstinence is an important part of the success of a natural method. There will always be days of abstinence due to travel, illness, or other situations within a family. Abstinence from sexual intercourse need not be abstinence from loving each other. Abstinence can bring about communication and a feeling of shared responsibility