NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING
WHY SHOULD WE CHOOSE NFP?
Natural Family Planning(NFP)is a natural and healthy way for a woman to understand her fertile and infertile days within the menstrual cycle regardless of regular or irregular cycles. It is also a healthy and morally accepted way that couples can use to postpone or plan a pregnancy without the use of drugs, surgery or devices.
The use of NFP teaches a couple to appreciate, love and respect one another’s reproductive health which promotes an intimate and loving communication with one another. A man and woman’s natural fertility is not a disease that needs to be medicated or shielded from one’s spouse. Rather, it is a core component of who we are as persons that is respected and worked with, in order to foster a loving relationship and responsible parenthood .
These methods are taught by trained and accredited NFP teachers or teacher-couples and offer ongoing support and guidance.
With NFP, a woman can learn to understand her changing cycle beginning at puberty and continuing through to her menopausal years.
NFP can also assist in determining the cause or causes of infertility. By daily charting, a couple can determine if ovulation is taking place or not, if there are irregular menstrual cycles, poor mucus secretions or possible abnormalities that need further investigation by fertility specialists.
NOTE:Studies have shown that when NFP is properly taught and competently used to prevent pregnancy, the effectiveness is comparable to that of the contraceptive pill, IUD and is more effective then the condom, diaphragm, cervical cap or spermicides.
The Family Life Office recognizes and supports all methods of Natural Family Planning which work to identify fertility and thereby allow the couple to make responsible decisions regarding seeking or postponing pregnancy. The three methods which are available most readily in Saskatchewan are Serena (Sympto thermal method) and The Billings Ovulation Method and most recently the Creighton Model of Fertility Care. Please contact the Family and Life office if you would like more information about these methods or other methods of NFP. Or, contact the following organizations directly:
Billings Ovulation Method was developed over 50 years ago by Drs. John and Evelyn Billings of Melbourne, Australia.
This method teaches a woman how to understand and interpret fertile and infertile days by daily observing, understanding and charting cervical mucus secretions only and by the softness and swelling of the vulva. To aid in the success of the method, confidential follow-up consultations with chart reviews are set up with an accredited NFP instructor.
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The Serena Sympto-Thermal Method was founded by Gilles and Rita Breault in Lachine, Quebec in the 1950’s to provide couples with a reliable method for regulating their fertility. Over the past 50 years this modern scientific method has been developed and refined by Dr. Suzanne Parenteau.
This method, taught by certified teacher couples, teaches a couple to identify the fertile or infertile days by daily observing and charting mucus secretions, cervical changes and Basal Body temperature readings.
For more information contact:
P.O. Box 7375
Saskatoon, SK S7K 4J3
1.306.934.8223 or 1.800.667.1637
Website: SERENA Saskatchewan website
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