Reasons for using NFP
- Shared responsibility for observing and charting fertility.
- Morally acceptable.
- Empowers couples in knowledge of own health.
- Health and relationship benefits found under “What have we been missing”.
Efficacy of NFP
- Most methods average 97%-99+% effectiveness in achieving a couple’s desire to postpone or achieve pregnancy.
- Follow link to read about successful use of NFP to achieve and postpone pregnancy. https://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/natural-family-planning/what-is-nfp/science/nfp-and-effectiveness
Easy to use
- Methods can be used during a woman’s entire reproductive life. Charting cycles can start at puberty; once engaged, the entire course of NFP taken as a couple; used to plan pregnancy; manage breast feeding; space children; and manage menopause.
- Involves checking for biomarkers daily and documenting the most fertile sign observed that day, a process that takes very little time once learned.
- Method instruction can be done with pictures to assist with learning. Methods are available in many languages as they are taught worldwide.
- Irregular cycles are best served by charting to identify the root cause and treat it appropriately, not cover up symptoms.
When should we stop contracepting, before, during or after we take the classes?
- We recommend that contraceptives be stopped or removed prior to the start of taking the classes. This enables your body time to eliminate the hormones and start the restorative process. Abstinence is required during this time as your body recovers and renews the reproductive cycle.
- Delaying the cessation of contraceptive products delays your body’s return to health and observations become challenging as biomarkers are limited or non-existent while contraceptives are present.
Using this knowledge of fertility awareness to educate our teens.
- Teens are receptive to the truth about how their bodies work. Educating them on chastity lays the groundwork for lifelong healthy relationship choices. Using correct terminology for cycling and how to track it naturally empowers teenage girls to understand what is normal for their age group.
I’m a medical professional and this is new content for me. Where can I learn more?
- Please click on the following website link from the Family Medicine Education Consortium https://www.factsaboutfertility.org/about/
- https://www.factsaboutfertility.org/learn-more/continuing-education/ This site offers webinars for you and your patients seeking to understand more about fertility awareness.
I’m divorced/single, widowed. Can I learn how to track my cycle?
Yes, tracking your cycle is beneficial to every woman as she ages. Changes in biomarkers or irregular bleeding can indicate medical issues that need to be addressed. Please find NFP practitioners under the Resources tab for consultations.
We’re engaged. Is this the correct web page?
Congratulations! Please follow this link: https://phxmarriageprep.org/