Please note: This page and its resources are not substitutes for formal NFP instruction, nor are they intended to be. This page is not affiliated with any of the methods of NFP which are detailed below.
WHAT IS NFP?
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a large umbrella term for any method of regulating births that uses natural, fertility markers to determine when a woman is capable of getting pregnant. All NFP methods follow the same general pattern:
How you use NFP may change over time and will vary from couple to couple. For a couple looking to postpone pregnancy, they follow rules to avoid intercourse during their fertile window. For a couple looking to achieve pregnancy, rules are applied to target their fertile window. The degrees to which you accurately observe, chart, interpret signs, and follow rules for your method will help determine the efficacy of that method.
WHAT'S YOUR METHOD?
I am a certified teacher of the Boston Cross Check method, which teaches couples ways to use the fertility markers listed below separately, or in various combinations, to suit their desired efficacy and planning needs. We use:
- Basal Body Temperature
- Hormone monitoring using the Clearblue Fertility Monitor
- Cervical Fluid (with optional cervical checks)
- Personal chart history
- Basic cycle formulas
By comparison, you can also check out:
Couple to Couple League
Creighton (Fertility Care)
FURTHER READING ON THE CHURCH AND FAMILY PLANNING:
Humanae Vitae (Pope Paul VI, 1968)
Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later (Janet E. Smith)
Familiaris Consortio (Pope Saint John Paul II, 1981)
Birth Control and NFP: What’s the Difference? (Priests for Life)
NFP- “Serious Motives” (Dr. Hogan, NFP Outreach)