Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and postpone pregnancies. It is not the "rhythm method," but rather fertility awareness. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman's menstrual cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse during the fertile phase of the woman's cycle. Practicing NFP is 100% natural- no drugs, chemicals, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy- which is one reason many today find it to be a positive and refreshing alternative to contraceptive methods. NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting both the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife. 



 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. In NFP both spouses are taught to understand the nature of fertility and work with it, either to plan a pregnancy or to postpone a pregnancy. Couples who use NFP soon learn that they have a shared responsibility for family planning. 


Other benefits of NFP include: 

      low cost

      no side effects

      effectiveness for achieving, spacing or limiting pregnancy

      can be used throughout the reproductive life cycle

      marriage enrichment and mutual understanding

      appreciation for the value of a child

      fosters respect for and acceptance of the total person

      morally acceptable


NFP Certified Teachers in the Diocesan Area:


      Mark and Maureen Trettel, Milford, MA; 508-634-3865

      Contact for 2016-2017 course dates and times


      John and Celina Dellamorte, Bi-Lingual English-Spanish. Sandwich, MA; 508-833-9535  

      Contact for 2016-2017 course dates and times 

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