Natural Fertility Awareness (Natural Family Planning)

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This page is a source of information for those couples who are trying to learn about their fertility in order to achieve, delay or avoid pregnancy.

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a natural, healthy and effective method which unites husband and wife in the shared responsiblity of creating and caring for their family. Research has shown that NFP is beneficial to a couple's self-knowledge, couple communication and satisfaction with the frequency of sexual intercourse.

NFP enables couples to reliably differentiate between a fertile day and a non-fertile day and enbales  spouses  to live and love in harmony with the teachings of the Church. It is also highly effective in helping couples achieve pregnancy and has been successful in enabling a third of couples who struggle with fertility issues to conceive.

The methods are easy to learn and with no harmful side effects, they are embryo-friendly and result in fewer divorces, due to the mutual understanding and joint responsibility that NFP couples practice with increased use.

For information on achieving or avoiding pregnancy we have provided the followng links for you to explore

Billings Method England. Using the body’s natural signal of fertility to achieve or avoid pregnancy and to safeguard your reproductive health. 

The Couple to Couple League in Great Britain. CCL has been teaching the Symptothermal Method of NFP for 40 years internationally, and for 30 years in the UK.

Natural Fertility Matters. Natural Family Planning, infertility treatment & women’s health services.

Natural Family Planning Website for teachers but also for those couples who are trying to learn about their fertility in order to achieve or avoid pregnancy.


If you are struggling to conceive with charting alone, please visit the websites below.
Napro Technology Natural Procreative Technolog has provided a major breakthrough in monitoring and ,aintaining a Woman's Reproductive and Gynecological Health.

Neo Fertility Ireland.

For information on Napro Technology England please email the Catholic Medical Association (UK) to Local branch enquiry 

Life Fertility Care -The Life Fertility Care programme promotes and supports reproductive health and fertility.

Natural vs Artificial Contraception: 

Contraception separates life from love as its primary purpose is to avoid pregnancy. NFP fundamentally seeks to keep life and love together; it seeks to both achieve pregnancy and avoid pregnancy, depending on the timing of sex within a woman’s natural cycle. In a Catholic marriage  the couple are asked 'Are you prepared to accept children lovingly from God?' How does this change our understanding of difference between NFP and a contraceptive mindset?

You may find the information page at our  Youth Ministry Relationships resource page