Natural Family Planning
Why Natural Family Planning?
The Catholic Church teaches that marital intercourse is a sign and symbol of committed love and is most fully human only when it is open to the gift of life. Each time a couple makes love they are reenacting their marriage vows as they give themselves freely, faithfully, fruitfully, and totally to one another.
“I can’t put a price tag on how much NFP fulfills the emotional needs of a woman.” Tessa McEwen
This belief needs to be coupled with the Church’s assertion that as stewards of God’s creation, we are responsible to care for the children we help to create. Natural Family Planning respects the life giving (procreative) and love giving (unitive) aspects of intercourse by not separating the two, the way that contraception does. Contraception not only blocks conception, it also blocks husband and wife from completely bonding. Natural methods, while avoiding pregnancy by abstinence during the fertile time, are still open to the transmission of life.
“For me, NFP keeps the excitement of dating throughout our marriage.” Jelani McEwen
Through the use of Natural Family Planning, Catholic couples can live out their marital vows in keeping with Church teaching.
Billings Ovulation Method
The Billings Ovulation Method is one of the most modern, simple, and effective methods of natural family planning. By learning to identify natural signs of fertility and infertility millions around the world have used the method to achieve, or avoid pregnancy, as well as to monitor their reproductive health. It is the most scientifically researched method of natural family planning available today.
“We have been successfully using the method for many years and have been blessed with three children. For us, it’s a way of life.” Margie and Paul Luberda
You might have heard of the Rhythm method, which is an NFP method that was promoted in the past and was based on numerical calculations, assuming all women’s cycles were the same length. It did not work very well since it only worked if the woman had normal length cycles. Modern NFP methods are not based on numerical calculations; they are based on your own personal natural signs of fertility and infertility.
Since we know that each woman is unique with menstrual cycles as individual as she is, the Billings Ovulation Method acknowledges this individuality and teaches you to identity your own unique patterns of infertility and fertility regardless of the length of your cycle. It can be used to postpone, avoid or achieve a pregnancy.
The Billings Ovulation Method was named after the two doctors that developed the method, Doctors John and Evelyn Billings, a husband and wife team from Australia. Other scientists and over 850,000 hormonal studies have validated the methodology and the rules of the method, and it has also been researched and studied by the World Health Organization.
“What we are teaching is normal physiology. It is a gift of knowledge that all women are entitled to have.” Dr. Evelyn Billings
Billings Ovulation Method can be used throughout all stages of reproductive life, whether a woman has:
- regular cycles
- irregular cycles
- cycles affected by stress
- irregularity due to breastfeeding or the approach of menopause
- following chemical contraception
Billings Ovulation Method enables you to understand, appreciate, and protect your reproductive health.
It takes into consideration the uniqueness of a woman’s cycle on a day-to-day basis. By keeping a chart and applying the Rules of the Billings Ovulation Method, the woman will learn day-by-day whether she is infertile, or potentially fertile and the timing of ovulation. She will learn what is happening in her body, based on what she has charted, and will gain confidence to successfully use the Method to manage her fertility naturally.
For your health, for your faith, for your upcoming marriage, and for a green planet, we hope you consider the Billings Ovulation Method for you and your family.
“Over 90% of women with irregular cycles have a problem, which can and should be treated without having to use artificial contraception.” Dr. Pilar Vigil