Natural Family Planning
What is Natural Family Planning?
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a term for certain methods used to achieve and postpone pregnancy based on the awareness of a woman’s fertility. These scientific methods, 98% effective when practiced faithfully, are based on the fact that a woman’s fertility varies through the course of her menstrual cycle in ways that can be determined through the observation of certain physical symptoms.
For example, in the days surrounding ovulation, a woman’s cervix ascends and softens, her body secretes cervical mucus (to facilitate the sperm’s movement), and her temperature rises slightly. Through the observation of natural signs like these, a couple can determine the fertile phase of a woman’s cycle. Different NFP methods—there are several—focus on different symptoms. Couples using NFP to achieve pregnancy engage in intercourse during the woman’s fertile phase. Couples wishing to postpone pregnancy simply abstain from sexual relations during the time of fertility.
No hormones, drugs, devices or surgical procedures are used in the practice of NFP. Furthermore, the practice of NFP increases couple communication and thereby strengthens marriage.
See brochure links to the left for a schedule of Natural Family Planning courses available in our diocese in 2016.