Contraceptives / Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Effectiveness / Studies "There is no doubt about it: some physicians are well informed about Natural Family Planning and they strongly encourage its use. Some are so convinced about the medical and moral hazards of unnatural forms of birth control that Natural Family Planning (NFP) is the only form of conception control they will offer to their patients. Natural Family Planning Research Database "However, the fact that some methods of NFP can be 99% effective in the avoidance of pregnancy seems unknown to most of the general public — including many health professionals. The fact that the fertility awareness which is a key element of modern NFP is also very helpful to couples of marginal fertility in seeking pregnancy is also unknown… "There are three basic reasons for widespread ignorance and prejudice regarding natural family planning. "First of all, many health care prefessionals are uninformed about the modern methods of natural family planning. Therefore, they group various natural methods that are entirely different together under the title of 'rhythm'… "Secondly, many people, including health care providers, are skeptical of anything natural. Their orientation is so much towards drugs, surgery, and devices that they find it difficult to believe that common, ordinary married couples can understand their mutual fertility well enough to achieve the same effectiveness associated with powerful drugs. "Thirdly, some organizations that specialize in or are oriented towards unnatural forms of birth control have been unfair in their treatment of NFP. Old rhythm studies from Latin America with low effectiveness rates are quoted and requoted, but a recent and well designed study by the U.S. federal government showing...

Forms of NFP (Natural Family Planning)

There are two basic forms of Natural Family Planning (NFP). The oldest form of NFP is ecological breastfeeding. It is still widely practiced in certain parts of the world, and it is making a comeback in the United States. The key factor of ecological breastfeeding is frequent suckling. It requires no fertility awareness nor periodic abstinence. The term “ecological breastfeeding” was developed to sharply distinguish this form of baby care from “cultural breastfeeding” which provides little or no natural infertility. The second form of Natural Family Planning is Systematic NFP and is based on daily fertility awareness. It can be used both to achieve and to avoid or postpone pregnancy. When used to avoid pregnancy, the basic “method” is abstinence from the marital embrace during the fertile time, which is mainly checked by daily basal temperature readings and secretions. For a much broader look at NFP, go to www.ccli.org, or visit these pages: The Effectiveness of the Creighton Model Ovulation Method in Avoiding and Achieving Pregnancy“Use Effectiveness of the Creighton Model Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning”; Fehring, Richard J.; Lawrence, D.; and Philpot, D., Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Vol. 23, No. 4 . May 1994. pp. 303-309 Click here Natural Family Planning Research...

Natural Family Planning

Most adult women in the world know that they can become pregnant for only a few days each month, generally about midcycle for women who are regular in their cycle. NFP is a body of knowledge based on naturally occurring signs and symptoms, that teaches women how to identify these days. The modern methods can identify the fertile time even in women who are irregular and amenorrheic. Natural Family Planning (NFP) refers to the practice of avoiding or achieving pregnancy according to an informed awareness of a woman's fertility. It can also refer to the spacing of pregnancies through ecological breastfeeding. During each monthly cycle, a woman normally becomes fertile and then infertile. Her body provides certain signs to indicate her fertile and infertile times. Natural Family Planning's Sympto-Thermal method teaches how to observe and interpret these signs . . . enabling couples to achieve or avoid pregnancy naturally . . . by becoming aware of the woman's  natural metabolic fertility cycle. The Sympto-Thermal method is NOT Calendar Rhythm!  It was developed by leading obstetrician/gynecologists and further refined by the Couple to Couple League. With this method, a woman observes two or three fertility signs which occur naturally within her monthly cycle. As the signs are observed and recorded, her fertile and infertile times are determined. The two most commonly used signs of fertility are:     a woman's normal cervical mucus secretions and…     her waking temperature.  A third and optional sign is the physical change that occurs in her cervix. It takes just five minutes each morning for a woman to take her waking temperature. Then during the day she takes...