Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for a system of learning to observe, interpret, and track naturally occurring biological changes in a woman’s body, enabling a couple to accurately identify days of fertility and infertility within the cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy simply refrain from intercourse and all genital contact on days of fertility, and a couple desiring to achieve a pregnancy time intercourse to coincide with fertility. It is authentic family planning!
In plain English? There is no need for drugs or devices. A woman is only fertile for a short time in each cycle, and all the couple has to do is learn to identify those days to have a lifetime method of planning their family. Drug and device free!
NFP is more effective than those drugs and devices (including the pill) at avoiding pregnancy, and more effective than assisted reproductive technologies (like IVF) at overcoming infertility to achieve pregnancy!
All while respecting the love-giving and life-giving nature of marital relations!
The information tracked in using NFP is also a vital tool in women’s health care. The chart she maintains of the detailed events of her cycle provides important information to a physician trained to interpret it, and is indispensable in the diagnosis and treatment of a whole array of women’s health issues in addition to the obvious one, infertility: PMS, Ovarian Cysts, Irregular Cycles, Hormonal Imbalance, Peri-Menopausal Symptoms, Recurrent Miscarriage, Postpartum Depression, Premature Birth, Dysmenorrhea, Oligomenorrhea, and many more.
Bottom line? NFP empowers a woman to be an informed participant in her own health care, and is the tool for couples to exercise responsible parenthood, respecting the dignity of the human person through shared responsibility and mutual respect, with a deepened appreciation for the value of all life, especially the children they may conceive through their intimate expression of marital love.