Natural Family Planning/
What is Natural Family Planning (Fertility Awareness)?
Natural Family Planning (NFP), or fertility awareness, is a term used to describe the various methods that are available to learn the natural times of fertility and infertility in a woman’s cycle. A couple can use this information to achieve or postpone pregnancy.
How Does it Work?
Barring any medical complications, men are always fertile. Woman, however, have natural times of fertility and infertility in each cycle. NFP/Fertility Awareness works by monitoring certain biological indicators of a woman's fertility such as cervical mucus and body temperature. By charting these observations, the fertile window in a woman's cycle can be determined.
Where Can I Learn More?
To learn more about the different methods of Natural Family Planning, use the links below. You can also call the Office of Marriage & Family Life at (225) 242-0323.
Couple to Couple League
Billings Ovulation Method
Northwest Family Services
NFP 101: The Basics of Natural Family Planning
Interested in learning more about NFP but not sure where to start? This class offers a general introduction to Natural Family Planning including basic Catholic Church teaching on human sexuality, the science of fertility, and an overview of different methods available.
Register for an upcoming class
Download flyer for NFP 101
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week: July 24 - 30, 2016
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) celebrated annually to help foster a deeper understanding of God's design for married love and the gift of life and to spread awareness of Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods.
The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) and also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26).
For Bulletin Briefs, Prayers of the Faithful and more resources, see the USCCB web site.
Love and Life - July 27, 2016