Natural Family Planning (NFP) is the general title for the scientific, natural and moral methods of family planning that can help married couples either achieve or postpone pregnancies. The Church has long taught that artificial contraception (birth control) is immoral because deliberately undermining the unitive and procreative aspects of sex is to sin against the nature that God has written into married love.
NFP methods are based on the observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman's menstrual cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy. Since the methods of NFP respect the love-giving (unitive) and life-giving (procreative) nature of the conjugal act, they support God's design for married love!
Barring any medical problems, men are always fertile. Women alternate between periods of fertility and infertility. By cooperating with this cycle, couples effectively achieve or avoid pregnancy. Please see below for more information on the three methods provided in the Diocese of Jefferson City.
- Less than 5% of couples who use Natural Family Planning have marriages which end in divorce.
- Natural Family Planning is 97-99% effective when used to avoid a pregnancy and is also effective when used to achieve a pregnancy.
- Couples who use Natural Family Planning report it improves communication and adds intimacy to the relationship.
Creighton Model FertilityCare System
The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (CrMS) relies upon the standardized observation and charting of biological markers essential to a woman’s health and fertility. These biomarkers tell the couple when they are naturally fertile and infertile, allowing the couple to use the system either to achieve or to avoid pregnancy, as well as telegraph abnormalities in the woman’s health. The CrMS is also the basis for the new women’s health science, NaProTechnology (natural procreative technology). Learning takes place through a series of private follow ups by a FertilityCare Practitioner after an Introductory Session is attended.
Couple to Couple League
CCL teaches a sympto-thermal method of natural family planning, which basically means it combines both mucus and temperature signs which typically accompanies ovulation. Recordings of these signs indicate naturally-occurring fertile and infertile phases. Group or individual sessions are presented by a volunteer teaching couple.
Familia de las Américas (español)
La Fundación Familia de las Américas promueve un método actualizado del Método de Ovulación Billings el cual es un método moderno y científico de planificación familiar natural que es 99% efectivo para concebir o posponer embarazos. El método se basa en la observación de los signos de fertilidad e infertilidad del cuerpo de la mujer. Puede utilizarse por mujeres con ciclos regulares o irregulares, en la fase de la pre-menopausia, que han utilizado cualquier tipo de anticonceptivo. De una manera sencilla la pareja aprende a identificar la fase fértil que dura aproximadamente 90 horas en todo el ciclo mensual sexual femenino para así efectivamente lograr o posponer un embarazo según se desee. Además de ser natural y saludable, este método ayudará a la pareja a fortalecer su comunicación y relación mutua y con Dios. Se ofrecen sesiones individuales o grupales por parejas certificadas.