Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an element of whole-woman healthcare that enables a woman and her spouse to understand the delicate and unique balance between the reproductive system and the other systems within the female body.  NFP is often used by couples to achieve or avoid pregnancy, but that is not all it is good for! To learn more about NFP as whole-woman healthcare, go to our NFP sister page.

NFP: At a Glance

Sympto-Thermal Method (STM)
STM typically combines charting of the Basal Body Temperature (BBT) and cervical mucus with other optional indicators, such as changes in the cervix and secondary fertility signs.


Cervical Mucus Method (CMM)
The methods where a woman learns how to identify the normal, healthy, cervical mucus which indicates the days that sexual intercourse is most likely to result in pregnancy. Billings and Creighton are popular CMMs.


Sympto-Hormonal Method (SHM)
This method observes several signs of fertility and adds the use of an ovulation predictor kit (OPK) or fertility monitor to detect reproductive hormones. Popularized by the Marquette Model.


For more information and a comparison of the methods, check out the Diocese of Lansing NFP Overview.

Ready to Learn NFP?

Call the Office for Laity and Family to see if there is a local instructor in your area, or choose from an option below to learn online.

Making the Case for NFP

Humanae Vitae
The 1968 encyclical written by Pope Paul VI that re-proposed the Church’s eternal moral teaching on human sexuality and sexual activity, and
explicitly rejected the use of artificial contraception.


A Religious Perspective
Simcha Fisher gives a humorous and down-to-earth consideration of the moral differences between NFP, artificial contraception, and the “contraceptive mentality”.


A Realist Perspective
An article from First Things Magazine that makes the case for NFP without sugar-coating the difficulties many face in practicing it.


A Secular Perspective
NFP and Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) are not only popular among the religious.


NFP: Not Just for Women
Fact: men play an important role in the use of NFP and fertility awareness.


Melissa Maleski

Director of Laity and Family

Phone: 717-657-4804 x331

Shannon Gump

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 717-657-4804 x303