Natural Family Planning
Natural Family Planning is fertility awareness, the knowledge of a couple's fertility. It is a means of reading a woman's signs of fertility and infertility. We teach three basic signs of fertility — temperature, mucus and cervix — and how to apply this knowledge through the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) of NFP, which can be used both to achieve and to avoid or postpone pregnancy.
The art of Natural Family Planning goes beyond the method as we teach NFP within the moral constructs of the Magesterium of the Catholic Church, with an emphasis on the teachings of Pope John Paul II and the Theology of the Body. Couples learn of God's vision and plan for marriage and family, and how to live out their sexuality while upholding and respecting the dignity of each other and their union. A married couple's virtuous application of their fertility awareness knowledge, either to try to achieve a pregnancy or to postpone a pregnancy, is called responsible parenthood.
The art of Natural Family Planning also includes the return of fertility after childbirth. The Couple-to-Couple League (CCL) promotes and encourages exclusive and continued breastfeeding as best for babies, couples, and families and provides information and instruction on how these practices can impact the return of fertility and be a part of responsible parenthood.
Finally, we help couples complete their art of Natural Family Planning journey with instruction on navigating the changing fertility status of the premenopause years.
Classes are available throughout the diocese of Galveston-Houston