Natural Family Planning
Natural Family planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and postpone pregnancies. These methods, also called Fertility Appreciation or Fertility Awareness methods, are based on the observation of naturally occurring signs of a woman's fertility cycle.
Training in the following NFP methods are available in the Diocese of Lafayette: Creighton Model, Billings Ovulation Method, Sympto-Thermal Method. With NFP both spouses are taught to understand the nature of fertility and work with it, whether it's to plan a pregnancy, space children, or avoid pregnancy for serious reasons. A couple that uses NFP soon learns that they have a shared responsibility for family planning. The husband is encouraged to speak openly and frankly about their sexual desires and their thoughts concerning family size.
The Diocese of Lafayette offers instruction in the Ovulation and Sympto-Thermal Methods of NFP in English and Spanish.
- effectiveness for spacing or limiting pregnancy
- no harmful side effects
- useful throughout the reproductive life cycle
- appreciation for the blessings of every child
- greater respect for and acceptance of the total person
- morally acceptable
- low cost
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is recommended that engaged couples take the course at least three to four months before the wedding. Advanced registration is required for classes. For further information about class times, locations, and registrations, please call email Susan Hoefer or call her at the Pastoral office for Formation (765) 471-8734.