NFP – The Benefits

The Benefits of Natural Family Planning

Moral, medical, and relational

There are many benefits to using NFP, including moral, medical, and relational reasons:

For more information on NFP, please see Myths & Realites of NFP, Church Teaching on Contraception, and Christianity & Contraception. Additional information on Natural Family Planning can also be found on the USCCB’s website.

To get information on how you can learn NFP in our diocese please see our NFP page.

Relational Benefits
  • NFP is entirely moral and in line with Church teaching, and respects God’s design for married love and human sexuality.
  • NFP values children as a natural end of both sexuality and of marriage, even when couples have a serious reason for avoiding pregnancy.
  • NFP fosters respect for and acceptance of the total person.
  • NFP requires mutual responsibility by both husband and wife, and promotes couple communication.
  • NFP inspires other forms of intimacy and bonding during times of abstinence.
  • NFP is economical (typically a couple pays for the class but the rest of planning is cost free).
Medical Benefits
  • NFP teaches a couple to understand their bodies and their combined fertility.
  • NFP works with fertility, rather than masking it or overriding it.
  • NFP can be used by doctors to evaluate a woman’s health, sometimes identifying health problems early (e.g. infertility, PCOS, cancer).
  • NFP is completely organic, adding no artificial hormones or devices to your body, and has no harmful side effects.
  • NFP is effective for both achieving and avoiding pregnancy, and has helped many couples struggling with infertility to conceive.
  • NFP can be used throughout a woman’s reproductive life (e.g., post-partum, breastfeeding, perimenopause, etc.).
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