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NFP: It's Not Your Mother's Rhythm

                        Natural Family Planning is NOT the “Rhythm System” 
                                   used primarily in the 1940’s – 1960’s!

 
What is NFP? 

- An umbrella term for using the natural signs of the woman’s fertile and infertile times
- To achieve or avoid pregnancy 
- Based on the science of human reproduction
- Using no contraception to avoid pregnancy  
- And avoiding artificial fertility approaches to achieve pregnancy


Why use NFP?
It's safe, healthy, effective, cheap, morally right, "reversible", good for marriages, & good for children.


Safe
•  No medical side effects
•  No abortifacient effects (as with the Pill, Depo-Provera, Preven, RU-486, the ‘morning after pill,’ IUD, etc.)
Healthy
•  Promotes self-awareness and ‘wellness’
•  Can alert a couple to potential fertility problems or other health issues
 
Effective
•  Same range of effectiveness as the most effective artificial means (Pill, IUD, etc.)
•  More effective than barriers such as condoms, diaphragms, spermicides, etc.
•  Not the Rhythm System!
 
Cheap
•  Most instruction methods cost between $50 and $100; ongoing costs almost nil
•  Payback vs Pill is a few months
 
Morally Right
•  When used in the context of Responsible Parenthood
•  Respects the integrity of the man and wife, created in God’s image
•  Vs. contraception, which “must be excluded as intrinsically immoral”  (Familiaris Consortio, 32)
 
“Reversible”
•  Can help couples with low fertility to have the best chance of conceiving a child
•  Does not risk extended loss, reduction, or total elimination of fertility as do the Pill, Depo-Provera, IUD, etc.
 
Good for Marriages
•  Promotes communication, faithfulness, intimacy, mutual respect, chastity, love
•  NFP education is an integral part of marriage preparation
 
Good for Children
•  Helps parents appreciate children as gifts from God
•  Helps parents communicate healthy sexual attitudes to their children
LEARN MORE:

http://www.archgh.org/FamilyLife-NEW/nfp.htm

http://www.creightonmodel.com/index.html

http://ccli.org/

 

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