“With regard to physical, economic, psychological and social conditions, responsible parenthood is exercised by those who prudently and generously decide to have more children, and by those who, for serious reasons and with due respect to moral precepts, decide not to have additional children for either a certain or an indefinite period of time.” HV #10
“…to make use of the gift of conjugal love while respecting the laws of the generative process means to acknowledge oneself not to be the arbiter of the sources of human life, but rather the minister of the design established by the Creator.” HV #10
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. 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.
Downloadable NFP resources for parishes
The video on this page is used with permission of the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona.