Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, July 23-29, 2023, highlights the anniversary of the papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae (Latin for “Of Human Life”), which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.
Natural Family Planning is general term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. 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 and genital contact during the fertile phase of the woman’s cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy.
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 the love-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.
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Amy Karney, CFCP and lead practitioner of First Coast FertilityCare, provides an overview of NFP/Fertility Awareness in our webinar: Fertility Awareness: A Modern, Safe and Holistic Alternative to Family Planning and Reproductive Health.
Experience a taste of NFP through the open and honest dialogues of couples practicing this healthy and freeing lifestyle provided by the USCCB.
The diocese maintains a listing of NFP instructors by location to help find one closest to you.
An NFP-only Physician is a medical professional who is committed to the Church’s teaching on the gift of fertility and will not prescribe, perform, or refer for contraception, sterilization, abortion, or in vitro fertilization.
The Fertility Science Institute provides a Method Matcher that offers recommendations based on your needs.