As Pope Francis writes in Amoris Laetitia, our sexuality “is a gift from God that enriches the relationship of the spouses. As a passion sublimated by a love respectful of the dignity of the other, it becomes a ‘pure, unadulterated affirmation’ revealing the marvels of which the human heart is capable. (AL, 152) In other words, as a gift of married love sexual intercourse is a symbolic reflection of the inner form of love, which is a vow. “I love you,” means I love you completely and forever.
Whatever God’s plan for a married couple, true love is always fruitful and life-giving. As married couples renew their vows through sexual intercourse, they are called to responsible openness towards co-creating new life with God. Family planning decisions are prayerfully made through mutual discernment, enlightened by faith.
What is Natural Family Planning (NFP) or Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABM)?
Natural Family Planning (NFP), or Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABM), is the umbrella term for the natural, healthy, morally acceptable methods of family planning recommended by the Catholic Church to help couples space, achieve, or avoid pregnancy. It helps married couples either achieve or postpone pregnancies, while respective the love-giving (unitive) and life-giving (procreative) nature of the sexual act. NFP enriches a couple’s relationship while encouraging a level of intimacy that reflects marital love: one that is free, total, faithful, and fruitful. Furthermore, NFP is completely natural, green, and organic – no drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid or achieve pregnancy.
During each monthly cycle, a woman normally becomes fertile and then infertile, with her body providing natural signs to indicate where she is in her cycle. Scientifically and medically researched methods of fertility awareness teach couples how to observe and interpret these signs, enabling them to achieve or avoid pregnancy naturally. When couples learn about NFP from an instructor or from an online course, most of them arrive at a greater appreciation for the wonderful gift of their fertility, their sexuality, and their own bodies.
BENEFITS OF NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING
- 100% with No Side Effects
- 97-99% Effective in Avoiding Pregnancy
- Enhances Communication with Partner
- Can Help Diagnose Reproductive Health Issues: Infertility, Menstrual Cramps, Endometriosis, etc.
FERTILITY AWARENESS PROVIDERS
Billings Ovulation Method Association offers training in the Ovulation Method (OM) that charts the presence and changes in cervical mucus. More information is available at boma-usa.org or call 651-699-8139.
Family of the Americas also offers training in the Ovulation Method. More information is available at familyplanning.net.
Learn NFP Online, by The Marriage Group offers an introduction to NFP ($25) and online training in the Billings Ovulation Method ($49). More information is available at learnnfponline.com.
Creighton Model Fertility Care System (CrMs) provides instruction in an Ovulation Method (OM) that charts the presence and changes in cervical mucus. More information is available at fertilitycare.org or call 402-505-8917.
Marquette University College of Nursing Institute for NFP offers training in the Sympto-Hormonal Method (SHM) that uses hormonal monitoring and may also use BBT and cervical mucus. More information is available at nfp.marquette.edu or call 414-288-3854.
NFP NAVIGATORS IN SAN DIEGO
To learn more about NFP and to help you navigate the NFP landscape, we encourage you to contact one of the NFP Navigators in your parish or area. NFP Navigators are familiar with the many opportunities for instruction, both in-person and online, and are equipped to help you navigate among them and get started. Some NFP Navigators are also trained instructors and may even offer classes themselves.
|North County||Carolyn Kelley (Vista)||email@example.com|
|North County||Amanda Lavelle (Poway)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|North County||Adam & Pilar Schmitz (San Marcos)||email@example.com||(Certified Instructors, Couple-to-Couple League)|
|North County||Erica Rossio (Escondido)||firstname.lastname@example.org||(Certified Instructor, Creighton Method)|
|San Diego||Brittany Reilly (Carmel Valley)||email@example.com|
|San Diego||Dave & Cheryl Ross (East San Diego)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|San Diego||Ben & Eilise Ponceemail@example.com|
|San Diego||Brenda Heymanfirstname.lastname@example.org||(Certified Instructor, Family of the Americas)|
|South Bay||Sharon Pearce (Chula Vista)||email@example.com||(Certified Instructor, Family of the Americas)|
|East County||Faiza Saroki (El Cajon)||firstname.lastname@example.org||(Certified Instructor, Family of the Americas)|
|Imperial Valley||Daniel & Arlene Ramirez (El Centro)||760-353-9923||Ramirez.email@example.com||(Certified Instructors, Family of the Americas)|