Availability: Classes at various parishes, see listing.
Fees: Varies. Call instructor for information.
NFP is a healthy, natural approach to family planning. It does not involve chemicals or devices. NFP is not a contraceptive as it does nothing to suppress or block conception. The basics of all natural methods relies on the proven science that there are days of a cycle that are considered infertile and days that are fertile. Once learned it can be used to achieve or postpone a pregnancy. 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. Current directory:
Mercy Medical Center, Canton, Ohio is a Ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, offers natural family planning classes. The fee is $40, click here for the current schedule and to register online. Or call 330.489.1329 or 1.800.223.8662.
Two Basic Methods of Natural Family Planning
The Sympto-Thermal Method
While using the Sympto-thermal Method a couple learns to chart the woman’s basal body temperature each morning, and to chart the changes in her cervical mucus pattern throughout the cycle to determine which days are considered fertile or infertile. Following the rules the rules of the method they are able to either achieve or postpone a pregnancy. The effectiveness rate of the ST Method is 98-99% when followed correctly.
The Ovulation Method
A couple practicing the Ovulatioan Method of NFP charts the woman’s 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 better communication and a feeling of shared responsibility.