Note: This is a guest post from a researcher who is futhering the study of a particular type of Natural Family Planning. There’s even a chance for you to take part in the study at the end of the post. Enjoy!
Looking for a “greener” method for family planning? Tired of birth control pills? Ready to understand your body and cycle better? If you said yes to any of the above questions, then please read on!
Women have natural means to know when they are fertile and infertile. Specifically, by checking cervical secretions and charting the observations every day, a woman can take control and understand her cycle. This is called the Creighton Method, and it is even effective for women with abnormal menstrual cycles.
Trained practitioners at FertilityCare Centers (http://medicine.utah.edu/dfpm/Research/CEIBA/centers.htm) teach the method and help couples monitor the results of their charting. It is a safe and natural way to both achieve and prevent pregnancy.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out the following testimonial of Sarah from Missouri, a current participant in an international Creighton Model study:
“I had been on birth control since my teenage years because of issues with my menstrual cycle (irregular, heavy bleeding, unbearable cramping, mood swings, etc.) and I had seen a lot of the side effects it had on my body. As we began looking into it, we learned that using the Creighton Model would help me figure out some of my female issues as well as provide a way to avoid pregnancy.
I quickly realized that birth control was just a band-aid solution. Through learning to chart from a nurse (and having a good doctor), we would be able to figure out exactly where the issues stem from so we can fix it naturally rather than putting synthetic hormones into my body. My husband and I started learning the Creighton Model a few months before our wedding and it was not hard, it’s just a commitment. We always felt extremely supported!
We couldn’t be happier knowing that we are preventing pregnancy naturally and when the time comes for us to have children, we are confident that this model will help us achieve pregnancy just as easily as we were able to prevent it. Being a part of the CEIBA study is very important to us as well. We want to show others that Natural Family Planning is a healthy and effective way to avoid pregnancy.
We just wish that more people knew about it!”
If you are interested or you would like to learn more about the Creighton Model or the study, please visit http://medicine.utah.edu/dfpm/Research/CEIBA/index.htm, call 801-231-6434, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check us out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ceibastudy.
This is a guest post from Kaitlin Carruth, BS, MPH(c). Kaitlin’s hobbies include swimming, rock climbing, and rowing. She is currently a student at the University of Utah and a proponent of the Creighton Model and natural family planning.
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.