Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for the natural, healthy, morally acceptable methods of family planning that follow Catholic teaching to help couples space, achieve, or avoid pregnancy. These methods use the daily observation of signs and symptoms that reflect the hormonal changes within a woman’s menstrual cycle. Couples can learn how to interpret these to recognize the fertile and infertile phases of the cycle in order to achieve or avoid a pregnancy.
NFP methods are completely safe and natural and do not involve the use of any medications, drugs or devices. NFP has no harmful side effects. The three most common methods of NFP taught are: the Billings Ovulation Method, the Sympto-Thermal Method, and the Creighton Model System.
For an appointment with an NFP teacher, contact Family Life Apostolate at 861-6243.