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...