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What is NFP?
Whether your family planning intention is to avoid pregnancy or achieve pregnancy, NFP empowers couples with the knowledge they need to identify the fertile time.
Have you ever heard that ALL menstrual cycles are 28 days and ovulation occurs on day 14? This is called the Calendar Method and It’s been known to cause confusion surrounding NFP. This is NOT what we teach. The Sympto-Thermal Method of NFP is not about guessing. Close just isn’t good enough. In reality the time frame before ovulation varies woman to woman. This wide range can be affected by age, stress, and a woman’s body. The time after ovulation stays relatively consistent from cycle to cycle. According to World Health Organization research, 98% of women were able to observe cervical mucus traits in the very first cycle.
Several days leading up to ovulation, fertility mucus is produced. This mucus can be seen and felt throughout the day and lets the couple know ovulation is around the corner. This is the key factor for fertility! This cervical mucus acts as a medium for sperm to travel and it determines if sperm will live or if sperm will die.
After cervical mucus is observed (Sympto part), one egg is released and if not fertilized will live only about 12-24 hours.
Once ovulation has occurred, the hormone Progestrone will cause the woman’s waking temperature (thermal part) to rise about one-half of a degree and remains at this level until the start of the next menstrual period.
If you are sitting there scratching your head and wondering what all this means, try relating the cycle of fertility to the changing seasons of the year. Menstruation is like Autumn with the falling leaves. The dry days that follow are similar to the barren winter. Spring brings forth new life and prepares the couple for fertility and Summer time brings on the high temperature phase.
So if you think about it further, seeds planted during the dry season will not fertilize, however, if planted during the wet season, there will be a harvest.
Why Use NFP?
Some claim NFP is the best kept secret around and the great news is, ANYONE can use it. Whether you have short cycles, long cycles, just had a baby, breastfeeding, or entering into the premenopausal phase, NFP can work for you.
Women find NFP especially helpful because in a lot of cases they are learning their body for the very first time and this is the first step to fulfilling your family planning intention goals.
“In a secular and individualistic society, it may be surprising, but 74% of the couples choose NFP for moral and religious reasons. The negative side effects of contraception or the concern over how it can affect one’s future fertility motivates some people to switch to NFP. Concern over health and dissatisfaction with artificial birth control motivated 63% and 41% respectively to opt for NFP. As spouses blend roles and see the value in sharing important areas of their lives, a method that involves the couple is important. 41%of the couples liked the fact that NFP involved the couple.”
“Husbands gain a lot as well. One man summed it well, “NFP fulfills the goals we have in marriage: communication, faith, shared commitment, and family. It is challenging to use. But when we have struggles, I can ultimately see the benefits. I certainly don’t like the alternatives. Over the last 10 years, I’ve seen my own growth. I like to say ‘we cycle together now’.” RF
- On-going chart review for 4-6 cycles
- Ability to ask as many questions as needed
- Exclusive access to our Facebook group
- Three 2-Hour Sessions
- Personalized Follow-up
- Fourth private follow-up
- Detailed explanation of NFP
- Free one-on-one consultation after each class
- Hands on practice activities
any reproductive category
- Non-Typical (short or long cycles)
- Couples wanting to achieve pregnancy
- Pregnant Mothers
- Intensive Breastfeeding Mothers
- Mothers Who Breastfeed But Not Yet Cycling
- Mothers Not Breastfeeding But Not Yet Cycling
Included Course Materials
This 35th Anniversary Edition textbook is your comprehensive guide to the use of the Sympto-Thermal Method as developed by Northwest Family Services. Expanded and revised in 2017. For use with a full course of instruction in the SymptoPro Fertility Education method.
Twelve fertility charts and guide for using the charts.
The Mabis Professional Healthcare thermometer is a sensitive Digital Basal Thermometer is accurate to +/- 0.05° Fahrenheit. Manufactured specifically for measuring the precise basal body temperature range, this professional basal digital thermometer is not intended to be a general use fever thermometer. Meets all US Quality and Safety Standards. Large digital display, last memory recall, and beeps when ready.