What is NFP?
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is the general title for the scientific, natural and moral methods of family planning that can help married couples either achieve or postpone pregnancies. The Church has long taught that artificial contraception (birth control) is immoral because deliberately undermining the unitive and procreative aspects of sex is to sin against the nature that God has written into married love.
NFP methods are based on the observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman's menstrual cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy. Since the methods of NFP respect the love-giving (unitive) and life-giving (procreative) nature of the conjugal act, they support God's design for married love!
How Does It Work?
Barring any medical problems, men are always fertile. Women alternate between periods of fertility and infertility. By cooperating with this cycle, couples effectively achieve or avoid pregnancy. For more information and a brief description of the methods, click here or cursor over the method name to link to their national websites.
What Can NFP do for You?
- Less than 5% of couples who use Natural Family Planning have marriages which end in divorce.
- Natural Family Planning is 97-99% effective when used to avoid a pregnancy and is also effective when used to achieve a pregnancy.
- Couples who use Natural Family Planning report it improves communication and adds intimacy to the relationship.
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