Sexual intimacy is interpersonal communion which is both unitive (love-giving) and procreative (life-giving). In harmony with the Church’s teaching on human sexuality, Natural Family Planning (NFP) does not artificially separate these components of marital intimacy. NFP is an umbrella term for certain natural methods used either to achieve or postpone pregnancy. The practice of NFP is in accord with the faithful, fruitful, and permanent nature of marriage, and with every couple’s call to responsible parenthood.
NFP respects the natural rhythms of the body and promotes shared responsibility for childbearing between husband and wife. Couples learn to identify and appreciate the signs of fertility in their own bodies. They monitor the signs of the woman’s body during her menstrual cycle to determine times of fertility and infertility. It is effective in helping to achieve as well as to postpone pregnancy. It is holistic and free of harmful side effects and allows users to work with the body rather than against it. It encourages couples to be open to the gift of children and to cooperate with God’s plan for a loving and fruitful marriage.
An introduction to NFP is part of our Regional Marriage Preparation Program, as required by the Marriage Preparation Policy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For classes on how to practice NFP (taught by experienced instructors), and any further questions, please contact the Alliance Natural Family Planning Network at 267-800-8514.
NFP courses are also available on line through the Couple to Couple League. You can register for an on line course at www.register.ccli.org/virtual
Further NFP Resources
- Natural Family Planning – FAQ
- Natural Family Planning Resources and Support Brochure
- Natural Family Planning: Responsible Parenthood and Fertility Awareness Booklet
- Differences Between Natural Family Planning and Artificial Birth Control
- “Marriage Preparation and NFP: At the Service of the Sacrament”: powerpoint presentation given by Tara Plymouth, RN, Archdiocese of Philadelphia Administrator of NFP, to the Philadelphia NFP Network conference on Mar. 19, 2011
Family Life Office articles written about Natural Family Planning
- The Benefits of Natural Family Planning
- The Importance of Teaching NFP
- NFP and Premenopause
- NFP and Infertility
- The 2010 Philadelphia Natural Family Planning Network (PNFPN) Conference: A Very Fruitful Day
- An Abundance of NFP Information at National Conferences
- What Does Being “Open to Children” Mean?
- What’s the Difference Between Contraception and NFP?
Other NFP Programs and Organizations:
- A Baby’s Breath
- Couple to Couple League
- Creighton Model FertilityCare™ Services and NaPro Technology: Creighton Model FertilityCare System | NaProTechnology | FertilityCare Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Natural Family Planning Network: (Click to view a schedule of NFP classes taught in Southeastern PA and NJ by others, based on either the Creighton Method or the Sympto-Thermal Method.)
- Marquette Model of NFP: Learning the Marquette Model of NFP | Marquette University Institute for Natural Family Planning
- Georgetown University Institute for Reproductive Health
- Family of the Americas
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