Natural Family Planning Awareness Week

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week

By Dustin | Sex & Family Planning

If you’ve been part of our community at Engaged Marriage for very long, you know that my wife and I are big believers in Natural Family Planning (NFP) and its positive impact on marriage.  One of our goals is to spread the word about NFP and simply let people know that its a viable option for planning their family without the need for artificial contraception.

Well, this week is actually Natural Family Planning Awareness Week!  In honor of the occasion, I am providing links to all of the NFP-related posts that have been featured on this site so far.

I am planning to assemble these links on their own page and highlight it as a resource called Natural Family Planning: A Handbook for the Curious.  I’d like to hear from you so I can cover the right information in that resource. 

In the comments below, can you please offer suggestions for other NFP-related topics that you’d like to see covered here at Engaged Marriage?

Previous NFP posts for your enjoyment:

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Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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I didn’t know it was NFP Awareness week, but that is AWESOME! 🙂 I don’t have any ideas for other NFP-related topics though, sorry! It looks like you’ve covered a bunch already!

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    Dustin

    Thanks, Stephanie! I didn’t realize how many had been covered until I put these links together.

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      Batrice Adcock

      Yes, it is quite a list Dustin! An incredible resource!

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Kathleen Quiring | Project M

The handbook idea is a great one! That sounds like a really useful resource.

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    Dustin

    Thanks, Kathleen. I’m thinking of something simple where I just put all of the NFP links in a central location and probably link out to some other great resources.

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Sarah S.

Dustin – awesome idea for the “Handbook for the Curious” I love it! One thing you could put in your handbook is a list of all the NFP resources and their respective websites. Here are the ones I know about: CCL, Marquette, Creighton, Billings, Serena (Canada), Northwest Family Services, NFP International. You could also post a link to nfpworksblog.com (I know you know the site). Jess has a good list of resources as well.

Keep up the great work. Love reading your stuff, and congrats on the new baby girl!

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    Dustin

    Excellent suggestions! Thanks so much Sarah.

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Ellen

Cool idea! How about info on research that is happening regarding NFP! I can just imagine when my own future children (or grandchildren perhaps) are getting married…I bet by then they will have a Clearblue Monitor that determines which point in her cycle the woman is in…No more charts, thermometers, or uncertainty… just a piece of litmus paper that reads the body’s hormones/chemicals/signs and helps determine if she’s fertile, infertile, etc. (I know the current one helps determine fertility peaks, but I am talking about for the entire cycle!) Am I crazy?
Well, regardless… I think it’d be interesting to have a section about the research being done/advances relating to NFP! 🙂

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    Dustin

    Thanks Ellen! I agree with you that the future of NFP is really fascinating to consider, and the examples you give are very realistic in my mind. When I get some time, I’d love to interview some leaders in NFP research and get their thoughts about the future of the practice.

    Cool stuff! 🙂

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      Sarah S.

      One of the pioneers in not only NFP, but also morally sound advances in reproductive technologies (namely NaPro Technology) is Dr. Thomas Hilgers at the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction (www.popepaulvi.com).

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        Batrice Adcock

        I went to a National NFP Conference this summer, and there was a research presentation closed to scientists–I’ll see if I can get hold of the info. from that session to provide to Dustin for inclusion here. And, AAFCP (Dr. Hilgers’ organization) also held a conference with a research presentation–It wasn’t what I had hoped for exactly. But, NaProTechnology is a fascinating and needed science.

        Batrice Adcock, RN, MSN
        cssnfp@charlottediocese.org

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I’m sorry if you’ve already covered it, but it seems that with NFP, there’s a week when you can’t be intimate with your spouse b/c you’re ovulating (unless you’re trying to get pregnant) and then there’s the week when you’re on your period. Sooo, does that mean you and your honey have to spend two weeks without getting it on?!

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Natalie

As a engaged woman seriously looking into NFP, I would like to see downloadable charts, Excel documents, etc. I know that everyone has their own way to chart, and I haven’t found mine yet. Thanks for a great site!

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    Stephanie

    Natalie, have you looked at tcoyf.com or fertilityfriend.com? Both are secular websites, but tcoyf.com has PDF charts you can print off and fill out, as well as online and PC-based software applications (though the interpretations for those are based on the Fertility Awareness Method, NOT NFP). fertilityfriend.com is an online-based charting program.

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      Batrice Adcock

      Yes, and Natalie, Marquette also has down loadable charts/associated website allowing online charting. If you are interested in using a chart that allows you to chart temp., I’ll be glad to email you one, or send you my CD Home Study Course. The charts are all excel files.

      http://nfp.marquette.edu/index.php

      While this method definitely is NFP and advocates for abstinence during the fertile time, there is more of a health/wellness focus than religious.

      Batrice Adcock, RN, MSN
      cssnfp@charlottediocese.org

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Jebiwot Esther

Please help me, Batrice. am a 25 year old mother to a son (Samuel, I differed college to take care of him. am in Kenya, Africa and can’t seem to find any NFP teachers. I am scared to take the pill or injections. Please help

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