Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a collective term for modern, healthy, accurate and reliable methods of family planning. NFP is based on scientific fact and research. It is safe and natural to use. There are no harmful side effects to the body.
NFP methods are based on observing specific body changes which occur in each woman during the menstrual cycle. These changes occur due to hormonal activity, as each cycle progresses.
NFP instruction helps a couple identify fertile and non-fertile times in each cycle. Once this is determined, the couple can make an informed decision regarding sexual intercourse based on their motivation to avoid, postpone or plan pregnancy.
Unlike artificial methods of birth control, NFP is based on the natural biology of the human person and does not rely on drugs, devices or surgical procedures. It respects the nature and dignity of our created bodies. It enables users to work with the body rather than against it.
NFP invites better marriages. 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. Marital relationships are strengthened as communication, mutual cooperation and joint responsibility are enhanced.