Natural Family Planning (NFP)

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   Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a method through which a married couple may either achieve, avoid or space a pregnancy.  It is based on the natural signs and symptoms which occur during a woman’s menstrual cycle. By learning to carefully observe and chart these signs, a couple may then apply the appropriate rules based on their family planning intention. NFP is based on scientific knowledge while remaining faithful to the Church’s teaching on upholding the love and life connection in the marital act. NFP methods are natural methods used for avoiding or achieving pregnancy which are based on a couple’s awareness of the woman’s naturally occurring times of fertility and infertility. 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. When couples are taught by competent teachers, understand the methods, and are motivated to follow them, NFP is up to 99% successful in spacing or limiting births.
Fertility Awareness Methods for Natural Family Planning


1Ovulation Method

The methods that observe cervical mucus are commonly called the "Ovulation Method" (OM). In NFP education, a woman learns how to identify the normal, healthy, cervical mucus which indicates the fertile and infertile times in your cycles. A number of NFP providers teach a variety of approaches to the observation and charting of cervical mucus:

2Ovulation + Temperature Method

The Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) of Natural Family Planning involves the observation and charting of cervical mucus as well as the Basal Body Temperature. Secondary signs are considered as well in determining fertility. The STM method is the result of the work of various scientists including Dr. Billings and Dr. Josef Roetzer. A number of NFP providers teach a variety of approaches to the observation and charting of these signs:

NFP Classes in the Diocese of Savannah:

The Diocese of Savannah offers instruction using the different methods of NFP. The best way to learn NFP is from a qualified instructor who is certified.  NFP couple classes are scheduled by appointment with the instructor. Cost varies between $75 and $90 depending on the method used. To take the NFP class as a couple, contact the instructors listed below directly to set up appointments:

Sally Kennedy - Creighton Method                                           $  75              912-663-5738 or
Betsy DeBry - Sympto-Thermal Method                                   $  75              912-756-2949 or
Patrick & Jacque Kelly - STM Couple to Couple League           $ 85              912-321-2212 / 912-432-8706 or

Michelle and Jeff Chardos - STM Couple to Couple League   $ 85            706-569-8512 or

Mary Stroupe - Northwest Family Services method (STM)        $90            478-394-3196 or

Patrick & Jacque Kelly - STM Couple to Couple League            $ 85             912-321-2212 / 912-432-8706 or

Lorin Beier   -   Sympto-Thermal Method (STM)                          $75             334-464-0710 or


Additional resources that provide good practical suggestions for your wedding preparations:

  • Natural Family Planning Current Medical Research
  • Discover Natural Family Planning visit USCCB for other resources - Posters, Liturgy & Prayers, Couples' Stories, Church Teachings and Articles.
  • Church teachings on human sexuality, conjugal love, responsible parenthood, and marriage and family life are especially contained in the following 20th century documents.

    • Married Love and the Gift of Life (November 14, 2006)
    • Evangelium vitae, The Gospel of Life (1995), John Paul II
    • Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994)
    • Domum vitae, Instruction on Respect for Human Life (1987)
    • Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
    • Familiaris consortio: The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World (1980), Pope John Paul II
    • Humanae vitae, On the Regulation of Births (1968), Pope Paul VI
    • Gaudium et spes (1965)
    • Casti connubial: On Christian Marriage (1930), Pope Pius XI

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