Incorporating the beauty of natural fertility into your family planning goals.
Natural Family Planning
Natural Family Planning (NFP) includes a variety of methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancy that are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Couples who use NFP to avoid a pregnancy choose to abstain from intercourse during fertile periods of the woman’s menstrual cycle. When used correctly, NFP can be as effective as or even more effective than artificial contraceptives.
Natural Family Planning is a valid alternative for Catholics who wish to avoid or postpone pregnancy while adhering to the Church’s teaching against artificial contraceptives. In NFP, the husband and wife each give of themselves completely, fertility included.
The Marquette Model
The Marquette Method is the most recently developed method of Natural Family Planning and involves use of technology to track hormone levels including estrogen, progesterone, and LH (which triggers ovulation). The Marquette Method can also be used in conjunction with other biological symptoms, such as cervical mucus and temperature tracking.
Due to its' objectivity, the Marquette Method of Natural Family Planning is especially helpful for couples who wish to avoid or achieve a pregnancy during transitional phases, including the return of fertility postpartum, while breastfeeding, and during the menopausal transition.
Natural Family Planning can be an effective means for couples struggling with fertility to identify barriers to conception. The NFP instructor will work with the couple to make any necessary changes to optimize their chance of conception. If needed, the Marquette Provider can assist the couple with navigating medical interventions in conjunction with their physician.
As healthcare providers, Marquette instructors who have completed the medical applications course can help women manage conditions related to their menstrual cycles, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis, PMS, and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. These instructors are also trained to counsel couples on using NFP within the context of their medical conditions.