Availability: Classes at various parishes, see listing.
Fees: Varies. Call instructor for information.
What is Natural Family Planning?
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. With proper instruction and following the few simple rules the methods are 98-99% effective.
Today’s NFP is not the old ‘Rhythm Method’ of the past.
Two Basic Methods of Natural Family Planning:
The Sympto-Thermal Method (ST)
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 (OM)
A couple practicing the Ovulation 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.
Natural Family Planning can be learned with one of our certified instructors in a variety of methods. Which method will work best for you is a personal decision. Full autonomy is usually achieved after charting with an instructor for 6 months, and many before that! If you have an unusual circumstance, such as breastfeeding, pre-menopause or coming off a chemical contraceptive, an instructor will be happy to work with you until you are confident.
Renewing the Covenant
Please check our Renewing the Covenant Program Page to find out about an informative presentation on Church Teaching, Theology of the Body and Natural Family Planning. This presentation offers a beautiful explanation of What the Church Teaches and Why and How NFP fits with these teachings.
It can be presented within a Pre-Cana Day or to the Parish at large.