Whether you are single and wanting to manage your menstrual cycle, concerned about PMS or painful periods, trying to avoid or achieve pregnancy, expereince infertility, or seeking an alternative to artificial birth control, NFP is for you.
By learning to understand the clear and observable signs of fertility in a woman’s body, a woman or husband and wife can know the few days of her cycle when she is fertile and if her cycle is healthy. Once trained, daily charting of these observed biomakers allows a couple to understand, with great precision, how to pinpoint the time of a woman’s ovulation even if she has irregular cycles. A couple can thus know their times of fertility and infertility and use that information to decide when to have intercourse in order to achieve or avoid pregnancy.
There are various methods for charting these observations, but every clinical method is natural, scientific, and holisitc. No artificial ingredients. No devices.
Contraception works by artificially preventing ovulation or fertilization from occurring. These artificial methods include the birth control pill, condoms, and contraceptive implants. Because of its chemical makeup, the birth control pill may also inadvertently act as an abortifacient if an egg is fertilized. Unlike these methods that seek to prohibit con- ception, with natural fertility care, couples learn to understand their combined fertility and choose when to have intercourse based on their daily knowledge of fertility. Thus, NFP upholds the dignity of sexual intercourse within marriage and allows couples to freely and fully give of themselves to each other. With NFP, couples are empowered to remain open to life and planfully space pregnancies without introducing artificial contraception.
The benefits of practicing NFP include the knowledge and ability to determine signs of healthy fertility in a woman’s body, diagnosing and treating medical conditions, and greater communication and increased intimacy for couples.
Learning about our fertility empowers us to give the gift of ourselves at every age and stage of our lives. Your life is a gift, and so is your fertility. God made us for communion with each other, to have and to hold, to love and serve, to sacrifice for and rejoice with one another. NFP then is an invitation to understand the strength and wonder of your fertility and discover your great capacity to love as God loves.
One significant advantage of NFP over other methods of birth control or reproductive health management is its ability to cater care for every individual woman or couple. A healthy menstrual cycle can range from 21-35 days because it is determined by each woman’s specific neurological, endocrinological, and physiological makeup.
Natural fertility care works with each’s woman’s body, instead of overriding her natural health.
NFP is 99% effective in avoiding pregnancy when used as instructed. Additionally, since NFP is designed to be catered to the particular needs of the woman or couple, charting your menstrual cycle can illuminate underlying medical conditions leading to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as endometreosis, PCOS, and infertility causes.