Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Helping couples to deepen conjugal love and achieve responsible parenthood is part of the Church’s total pastoral ministry to Catholic spouses. Fulfillment of this ministry includes both education and pastoral care.

This means “instilling conviction and offering practical help to those who wish to live out their parenthood in a truly responsible way” (Familiaris consortio, #35).

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

NFP is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of the woman’s cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy.

NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.

Click here to view the official USCCB NFP site

Couple to Couple League

Billings Ovulation Method

Northwest Family Services

Family of the Americas

Creighton System 

NFP and More Site

NFP Outreach

FREE NFP Tracking Software for your Palm Pilot

Theology of the Body Site

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2 Comments

  1. My husband and I took an NFP class 20 years ago and it saved our marriage! The Church’s wisdom is amazing in this area and I pray more couples are awaken to the truth!

  2. Great story! You may be interested in my article titled “Organic Birth Control”


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