Natural Family Planning/
Fertility Awareness Based Methods
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. Women, 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
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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.
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