What is natural family planning? – The Couple to Couple League

March 13, 2017 – 10:26 am

What is natural family planning?Natural family planning (NFP) is fertility awareness, which is simply knowledge of a couple’s fertility. It is a means of reading the body’s signs of fertility and infertility; applying this knowledge through the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) is over 99% effective in postponing pregnancy. A married couple’s virtuous application of this knowledge either to try to achieve a pregnancy or to postpone a pregnancy is called responsible parenthood.

Practicing NFP is 100% natural — there are no drugs, chemicals or devices involved, which is one reason many today find it to be a positive and refreshing alternative to contraceptive methods. NFP honors our dignity as persons by respecting the natural rhythms and functions of the body. It is very common to hear couples who use NFP speak of an increased awe and respect for femininity and their mutual fertility, and a greater sense of empowerment through self-knowledge.

The fertility cycle

The female fertility cycle can be divided into three phases.

Phase I begins on the first day of menstrual bleeding, and normally includes a few infertile days after menstruation.

Phase II begins as soon as a woman’s daily observations detect the onset of signs of fertility. This fertile time lasts up to and a few days after the time of ovulation (when an egg is released from the ovary). In a normal, healthy woman, Phase II will typically last up to 12 days.

Three phases of the female cyclePhase III is the post-ovulation time and is a time of infertility. Phase III typically accounts for the last one-third of a healthy woman’s cycle.

The three phases of the female cycle are the result of the interplay of four key hormones – estrogen, progesterone, follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone. These hormones are also responsible for the fertility signs that a woman can learn to observe.

The Sympto-Thermal Method

The Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) taught by CCL is based on three key signs of fertility: cervical mucus, basal body temperature and changes in the cervix. By observing and recording these signs you and your spouse will be able to identify Phase I, II and III and therefore know if you’re in a time of fertility or infertility.

These signs are easily noticed by any woman who has learned to watch for them. It takes only a minute or two each day to record them in CCL’s mobile app, CycleProGo, or on a paper chart. The chart provides a daily record that can be used to identify the days of fertility and infertility. Once the fertile and infertile days have been identified, couples apply “rules” that they learn in class (and that are explained in CCL’s Student Guide) to frame the boundaries between the phases of the cycle.

Source: ccli.org

Myo-Inositol for PCOS Supplement (240 Capsules / 1 Month Supply) by Doctor MK's®, All Natural Aid for Fertility, 2000mg - 4000mg daily for Reproductive Support
Health and Beauty (doctor MK's NATURAL)
  • FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY HELP: Studies show that 2 grams - 4 grams of Myo-Inositol daily improves PCOS symptoms which may help some women to get pregnant by reducing...
  • SAVE MONEY w/ 240 CAPSULES ! (1 month supply): At 4 grams daily, it would take 240 capsules (500mg capsules) to equal 1 month of treatment. Why buy multiple bottles?...
  • ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Myo- Inositol 500 mg. 100% natural, gluten free, no additives or harmful chemicals. All products are tested for purity and contamination...
  • PHYSICIAN FORMULATED: At Doctor MK s we know that PCOS can be stressful. Our goal is to help women overcome infertility and increase pregnancy rates without the...
  • PCOS SUPPLEMENTS: Myo Inositol is a natural compound that has been shown to lower elevated blood insulin levels, which research is showing to be one of the causes...
Clinical 50 Ovulation and 20 Pregnancy Urine Test Kit FDA Approved Predictor Pack 50 LH Ovulation Strips and 20 HCG Pregnancy Tests Best for Fertility Tracking and trying to Conceive
Health and Beauty (Generation Guard)
  • OVER 99% ACCURACY - With Generation Guard s Ovulation and Pregnancy Test Kit, be confident and trust the results of each urine test
  • FDA APPROVED - The pregnancy test strips included in this OPK can read hCG levels as low as 25 mIU/ml for the earliest possible detection of pregnancy, even before...
  • OVULATION PREDICTOR - Ovulation test strips help test a woman s LH levels and predict the LH surge that signify when a woman ovulates
  • FAST AND EASY TO USE - The urine test strips included in the package are designed for simplicity of use and can give results within 3 minutes
  • VALUE COMBO - With 50 ovulation tests and 20 pregnancy tests, have enough strips to track multiple cycles
New 2017 Best Basal Body Temperature Thermometer by Enji, Highly Accurate to the 1/100th Degree Fertility Digital Thermometers for Tracking Ovulation Temp, F Read Metabolic Rate, Family Planning
Health and Beauty (Enji Prime)
  • SUPREME BASAL BODY THERMOMETER: Are you ready to come one step closer to becoming a parent? If so, then our highly accurate basal thermometer is what you are looking...
  •  ACCURATE DIGITAL BASAL THERMOMETER: Clinically tested to display your precise temperature, this thermometer will become your morning companion from now on. Ideal...
  •  OVULATION THERMOMETER WATER RESISTANT: You may rest assured that this basal thermometer is totally safe to use, as it is FDA approved and ISO and CE certified...
  •  EASY TO READ DISPLAY: This BBT is designed with your convenience in mind. That is why it bears a liquid crystal 4-digit display. It has a last reading memory recall...
  •  RESPONSE TIME THERMOMETER IN A PROTECTIVE CASE: This fertility thermometer comes in a protective case so as to easily carry it with you. It takes up to 5 minute...
Best Natural Childbirth Program - Painless Birthing Program Pain Free Pregnancy - Labor Pain and Childbirth Fears Eliminated - First Pregnancy Works Like Hypno Birthing and Hypno Babies - Reduces and Eliminates Painful Labor, Painful Childbirth, and Stress
Baby Product (GEC)
  • Studies Show A Child Delivered With Natural Childbirth Have Higher IQs and Fewer Problems Both Physically and Mentally In Their Lives. (JAMA)
  • SEEN ON NBC s DATELINE - Doctor-Approved Self-Hypnosis Program Significantly Reduces Labor Pain Associated With Childbirth, This Program Was Seen On TV s Dateline...
  • Works Well With Yoga and Waterbirths, the Bradley Method, and the Lamaze Technique, Teaches You To Be Completely Relaxed and Enjoy The Birth Of Your Baby
  • This Childbirth Without Fear, Without Pain, Program Teaches How To Minimize or Avoid Episiotomy, Reduce or Eliminate Post Partum Depression, Creates A Stress Free...
Koyal Koyal Wholesale 2.2-lb Slate Stone, DIY Deco Slate Tile, DIY Project Natural Slate, Vase Filler
Kitchen (Koyal)
  • WHAT
  • IS SLATE ROCK. Our slate tile rocks are a naturalesque flat stone. Each piece
  • is strong and durable. The thickness and strength make for great landscape
  • rocks. Premium ground cover to accent all design themes is available in 4
  • colors (sold separately).
  • 2.2LBS. Our slate slabs are packaged in a mesh bag. This practical package
  • quantity is ideal for minor at home accent.
  • Buy slate rock at large package quantities, we offer alternative
  • packaging for renovation projects, landscapes, ponds, water features or

Related posts:

  1. What are Family Planning?
  2. What are Family Planning clinics?
  3. What is the best Family Planning method?