Natural Family Planning (NFP): Users Speak Out

NFP Strengthened Our Marriage “Contraception had been distorting their view of each other.” Matt and Shannon met in college and quickly became serious. A non-practicing Catholic, Matt left the responsibility of managing their fertility to Shannon and the pill. When they became pregnant less than a year later, there were feelings of failure and blame. They married and after their daughter was born they turned to condoms. Intimacy became artificial and an act of duty. When they became pregnant again, their marriage was struggling. Then Matt and Shannon read a book that mentioned NFP, and Matt began to look into it seriously. Shannon resisted, believing all NFP families had 10 children and that it wouldn’t work with her irregular cycles. But when Shannon read … predictions that marital and societal problems would occur if contraception became the norm, this struck a chord and they took a CCL (Couple to Couple League) class. Shannon learned how to improve her cycles through nutrition and stress management. They became a team when it came to their fertility. Communication improved in all aspects of their marriage, strengthening it. During the next six years, they successfully postponed pregnancy while Shannon finished her degree… Three months after discerning that they no longer had just reasons to avoid pregnancy, their third child was conceived.     NFP Helped Us Postpone Pregnancy, Even With Serious Health Issues When Angela was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) the doctors told her the best treatment was the pill. After she and Jason became engaged, they learned NFP as part of their marriage preparation. They worked with a NaproTechnology physician...

Natural Family Planning (NFP) Builds a Culture of Life

Natural Family Planning (NFP) Builds a Culture of Life The new counter-cultural call is for couples to joyfully open their marriage to the gift of life. In our secular contraceptive culture, it is assumed that a married couple will, as a matter of course, avoid pregnancy. Only for very narrow windows of time does a couple welcome the conception of a child, if they do at all. Marriage by its very definition ought to make openness to life the default position. Many couples are learning that, instead of resorting to contraception, they can rely on one of the methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) and abstain from marital relations when conception is likely. As an added benefit, when the couple is ready to resume having children, the same fertility awareness system will identify when sex is most likely to result in pregnancy. There are multiple systems of Natural Family Planning. The Billings Method and the Creighton Model follow symptoms and changes in a woman’s cervical mucous to identify fertile periods. The Symptothermal method adds the tracking of a woman’s basal body temperature to the cervical mucous observations. They all teach a woman to know her own body and to recognize the signs and symptoms of fertility. Unlike artificial contraceptives, NFP is side-effect free and does not pollute the waterways with active hormone metabolites. The greatest benefits of NFP, however, do not necessarily lie in its usefulness to achieve or avoid pregnancy, in its safety, or even in its ecological benefits. An often forgotten feature of Natural Family Planning is that it strengthens both the spiritual and emotional aspects of...

Fertility Software the New Face of Natural Family Planning (2011)

Fertility Software the New Face of Natural Family Planning The developer of new fertility management software says it is becoming the “new face” for natural family planning. It can assist couples in conceiving or in avoiding pregnancy… “FertileView strengthens marriages and supports the natural order for marriage,” said Tim Boh, owner of the Colorado-based software developer Novuscor. Novuscor’s FertileView software collects “very specific” information about ovulation and fertility that allows women to understand “exactly what their bodies are doing” in a way that is “uniquely supporting to the individual,” Boh told CNA in a recent interview. The program helps women and their husbands structure their actions around their “fertility goals.” Users of many fertility monitoring systems, in his view, feel like they are not involved. “They don’t understand what they’re doing,” he said. “We’ve created a process by which people can have immediate feedback about themselves. That’s the part, I think, that people get really excited about.” The FertileView software handles the interpretation portion of fertility monitoring. Users only need to be trained in fertility observation. They can enter the information into the program and don’t have to use the “stickers and dots” of the standard natural family planning class. “We can literally train people on our method in 45-50 minutes,” Boh said. He explained that FertileView captures biomedical data for each user and creates an individual cycle program for each woman. The more she uses FertileView, the more data is compiled about her cycle. The software pinpoints a woman’s ovulation and predicts the best time to achieve pregnancy, helping to address fertility issues. The software comes amid widespread...

Natural Family Planning, Radical Openness to Life Gains Ground (2008)

[NOTE: Religiously oriented articles rarely appear on this website. However, the editor felt this particular article to be noteworthy.] After decades of division over issues surrounding fertility and the moral issues inherent to procreation, many protestants are now turning away from the contraceptive culture and towards the scientifically-based Natural Family Planning (NFP), a completely natural method, that allows couples to "space" children without the use of artificial contraceptives. NFP, which is based upon a thorough knowledge of the woman's fertility cycle, is also said to be equally effective for attaining pregnancy as it is for avoiding it. In an August 10th article in the Austin Statesmen entitled, "Some Protestants Find Spiritual Appeal in Natural Family Planning: Protestants are avoiding artificial contraception for religious reasons," several protestant couples are questioned on their choice. Katie Fox, 31, says that though her mother specifically left the Church for its failure to condone contraceptives, it is precisely this moral stance that she has come to share. The Taylors, a twenty-something Texonian couple, are one of the several couples at Hope Chapel, their non-denominational church, who are embracing NFP as a moral means of family planning. After reading a book about how the birth control pill often turns the uterus into a hostile environment for a newly fertilized egg, Phaedra Taylor, who was already opposed to abortion, recognized the pill as being morally wrong. "I feel like [NFP] really works in harmony with the way that God designed our bodies to work," she said. "In contrast with the pill, which works by altering and suppressing our natural systems, NFP works by supporting those systems...