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...