Natural Family Planning (NFP) is the name for a collection of methods which use the natural, biological signs of a woman’s menstrual cycle to predict fertility. With that knowledge, husbands and wives can adjust their intimacy to increase their chances of conceiving a child or – for grave reasons – to postpone or avoid pregnancy.
Unlike artificial contraceptives, Natural Family Planning does not actively change the sexual act to render it unfruitful; instead, it identifies times when intimacy should be avoided if there is a serious reason to avoid pregnancy. Thus NFP respects the two inseparable aspects of sexuality – the closer union of husband and wife, and openness to children, the fruit of sexuality. Moreover, NFP does this without introducing artificial hormones or devices into a woman’s body, while also promoting communication, intimacy, and trust within a marriage.
You may have already heard about NFP through a marriage preparation program or through resources at your parish. If so, please see our NFP – Resources page to learn more about NFP in our diocese and to get connected to an instructor.
If you are interested in learning more about NFP, please read through some of our informational pages below:
If you have any questions or concerns, or would simply like some more help finding support for your situation, please contact our office.