Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Definition of NFP:
– Natural Family Planning (NFP) is the general term used to describe the natural, scientific method of observing a woman’s natural signs of fertility to either achieve pregnancy or to avoid pregnancy.

How it works:
– NFP is based off scientific basis of both the male and female reproductive system.
– NFP is based off scientific knowledge of a woman’s fertility and infertility
– A woman’s body has natural signs of fertility each month due to the change in her hormones. With training, a women and her partner can learn the signs and know how to avoid pregnancy or achieve

10 Reasons Why:
-it teaches appreciation and awareness of a woman’s reproductive cycle
-it works cooperatively with a woman’s cycle
-it does not use artificial hormones or ingredients
-it is based on scientific research
-it can be used by single women, engaged women, and married women
-it fosters communication between husband and wife
-it can be used to achieve pregnancy, avoid pregnancy, and monitor a woman’s health
-there are different methods that can be tailored to every woman in every stage of her reproductive life
-it supports God’s design for married love and family life
-it can detect signs of hormonal imbalance, cancer, and other medical conditions


NFP Instructors at your local parish:

Katie Coughlin

SymptoPro Fertility Education

A little information about myself:
My husband and I have been part of St. John the Baptist church for 4 years now. We were married here in 2019 and have enjoyed getting more involved. I am a Registered Nurse and currently work in the intensive care unit. I have been using NFP for 3 years and became certified to teach the Sympto-Thermal Method. “Sympto” stands for mucus and “thermal” for temperature. Charting these signs allows couples to naturally know when they are either in a fertile time or infertile time. Having two different signs to chart allows the couple to cross-check and thus feel confident in their charting. This method helps a woman keep track of her health and can help direct the couple to seek medical care for their reproductive health through the patterns they observe during charting.


Alice Schwantes, FCPI

Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMS)

A little information about myself:
I have been a parishioner at St. John the Baptist for over 5 years. I have been using the Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMS) for 3 years and now teach women and couples how to use the system. CrMS is a natural system using standardized mucus observations made by the woman. These observations are charted, allowing the woman to know her fertility or infertility on any given day. Charting allows for monitoring biomarkers of gynecologic health and when needed, I can refer to a Naprotechnology Medical Consultant for diagnosis and treatment of reproductive disorders.