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
Charting Natural Family Planning can help women who are having issues with their cycles. The Pill may reduce pain, clear acne and regulate a cycle but there is a reason your cycles are acting that way. The Pill will only give you a false cycle and cover up the issue, but the condition doesn’t go away. Issues such as Endometriosis, painful periods and PCOS can be named and many times treated with the help of a NFP aware physician. There are a few NFP Only Physicians in the Greater Cleveland Area. These doctors do not prescribe any type of Artificial Contraceptives.
|NFP ONLY PHYSICIANS|
|Dr. Jack Burnham, Cross Street Family Practice, 1716 N. Cross Street, Dover, 330.364.8868
Dr. Margarita Lassaletta, LaSalette Fertility Care Center, Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, 330.336.5046
Dr. James Matheson, River of Light OB/GYN, Vermillion, Ohio, 440.967.5433
Dr. James Ohliger, Jr., Westshore Primary Care, Family Practice, Sheffield Village, 440.934.0276
Dr. John Urbancic, Family Practice, Munson Twp, Chardon, 440.286.6155
A NFP Supportive Physician/ Midwife, while generally prescribing contraceptives in their practice, have some knowledge of NFP and will respect your decision to chart an NFP method.
|NFP SUPPORTIVE PHYSICIAN|
Dr. Jeffrey Christian, MD, FACOG, University Hospital’s Westshore Womens Health, Westlake, 440.835.6996
Dr. Wendy Clinger, Lake Health Physician Group, Willoughby Hills, 440.918.4630
Dr. Peter Digiacomo, DO, Atrium OB/GYN, 4151 Holiday Street, NW, Canton, 330.492.8001
Dr. Melissa Kirven, Paragon Health Associates, 1 Park West Blvd Suite 200, Akron and Green, 330.869.9777
Dr. Jorge Romero, Canton Women’s Center, 6555 Frank NW Ave, North Canton, 330.966.9090
Dr. Michael Parker, Cleveland Clinic & Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital campus, 216-476-7000
NFP SUPPORTIVE MIDWIVES
Colleen Brezine, University Hospital’s Westshore Midwifery , Westlake, 440.827.5483
Mary Ann Durbin, CNM, Midwife, Mt. Eaton, 330.359.0580
Genevieve J. McCaslin, CNM , Middleburg Heights, 440.884.9000