Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning, or NFP, is a term used to describe various methods of learning about and keeping track of a woman’s fertility cycles and using this information to achieve or postpone pregnancy. Studies by many different researchers, including the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, the World Health Organization, Fairfield University, and others have indicated a 94 to 99% method effectiveness rate for NFP, depending on the method chosen, provided that couples use the method appropriately.

NFP also has other advantages. Many couples who use NFP say that it helps them be "more in tune with one another," to communicate better and to better understand one another’s needs. In fact, a Michigan State University study showed higher levels of marital satisfaction among couples who use NFP versus other methods of family planning, and research (e.g., Couple to Couple League, 1995;  Aquilar, 1980) has indicated that the rate of divorce for couples who practice NFP is between 0.6% and 4.2%.

NFP is easy to learn and use. It takes some discipline, as do many responsible choices we are called to make as people of God. For more information on Natural Family Planning, including citations of research studies documenting its effectives, see the following Web sites:

Couple to Couple League (Sympto-Thermal Method)
Creighton Model Fertility Care System
Billings Ovulation Method
NFP International (Sympto-Thermal plus Ecological Breastfeeding)