WHAT IS NFP?

 

AVOID PREGNANCY

SYMPTO-THERMAL METHOD (STM)


This is among the most common methods for new NFP users to learn. STM is taught in a 3-part class series. Students learn how to chart & interpret 3 fertility signs:

  • Basal body temperature
  • Cervical mucus
  • Cervical changes (optional)
STM classes are offered throughout Grand Rapids and online. Click here for the current class schedule. For more information, please visit these STM provider sites: www.ccli.org www.symptopro.org




CREIGHTON METHOD


Creighton users learn how to interpret their fertility based on precise examinations of cervical mucus. After an introductory session, clients can schedule a series of private classes with a certified FertilityCare Instructor or Practitioner. Physicians trained in NaPro Technology rely heavily on Creighton charts to diagnose & treat women's health. For more information, please visit: www.fertilitycare.org www.creightonmodel.com www.naprotechnology.com




OVERVIEW


There are several NFP methods available. Each method utilizes Fertility Awareness concepts to help couples achieve 98-99% accuracy in spacing pregnancies. Each method can be used with irregular cycles. Postpartum & Premenopause classes exist as well. For most methods, both online and in-person classes are available. Instructors provide many chart reviews to ensure students feel confident using NFP.




MARQUETTE METHOD


The Marquette Method utilizes the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor, a device used at home which measures hormone levels in urine to estimate the beginning and end of fertility in a women's menstrual cycle. The Marquette Method is backed by current and ongoing medical research and technology and is taught by licensed healthcare professionals trained by Marquette University. Additionally, the Marquette Method has effective postpartum breastfeeding-specific instructions utilizing the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor. The monitor can be used in conjunction with observations of cervical mucus, basal body temperature, or other biological signs of fertility. For more information, please visit: https://www.mmnfp.com/grandrapids




BILLINGS OVULATION METHOD


Billings relies on cervical mucus sensations to track fertility. Women use their own vocabulary to describe observations, as each woman's fertility is unique. 4 simple rules can be used at any stage of a woman's reproductive life. Instruction and private follow-up from an accredited instructor strongly recommended. For more information, please visit: www.boma-usa.org www.learnnfponline.com





ACHIEVE PREGNANCY

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO CONCEIVE?


When asked this question, most women respond: after ovulation. The truth is, having intercourse before ovulation increases your odds of conception! Cervical mucus is present before ovulation, allowing sperm to survive up to several days. Once an egg is released, it's only alive up to 24 hours, so the fertile window closes fairly soon. Fertility Awareness pinpoints ovulation (within 1-2 days) by charting mucus and waking temperature. 88% of couples using fertility awareness to conceive are successful within 6 months!




NaPro Technology: MORE EFFECTIVE THAN IVF


Maybe you've been unable to conceive for a year or more, even when using Fertility Awareness. Maybe you've spent endless hours and resources on artificial reproductive options, without success. Or maybe you've even been told by a doctor that you'll never be able to have children. Don't despair. Odds are, you just haven't met a NaPro Technology doctor yet. NaPro Technology has a much higher success rate than IVF. It actually cures the underlying causes of infertility, such as anovulation, hormonal imbalances, fibroids, scarring, and endometriosis. If these conditions are not treated first, then IVF is likely going to fail every time. For a national directory of NaPro doctors, click here.




HOW CAN NFP CHARTING HELP?


If you have irregular cycles, especially with PCOS, trying to conceive can be incredibly difficult and frustrating. NFP charting can greatly reduce that frustration. You don't necessarily need perfect 28-day cycles in order to conceive - you just need to know if & when you're about to ovulate. And as explained above, Fertility Awareness charting helps identify the fertile window whenever it happens, even if it's a rare event. With NFP, you'll know exactly when the best time to have intercourse is, and know exactly when your next period is expected to start. Yes, you read that correctly: even with irregular cycles, NFP users always know when their next period is coming! That's just part of the tremendous insight Fertility Awareness provides.





NFP METHODS

SYMPTO-THERMAL METHOD (STM)


This is among the most common methods for new NFP users to learn. STM is taught in a 3-part class series. Students learn how to chart & interpret 3 fertility signs:

  • Basal body temperature
  • Cervical mucus
  • Cervical changes (optional)
STM classes are offered throughout Grand Rapids and online. Click here for the current class schedule. For more information, please visit these STM provider sites: www.ccli.org www.symptopro.org




CREIGHTON METHOD


Creighton users learn how to interpret their fertility based on precise examinations of cervical mucus. After an introductory session, clients can schedule a series of private classes with a certified FertilityCare Instructor or Practitioner. Physicians trained in NaPro Technology rely heavily on Creighton charts to diagnose & treat women's health. For more information, please visit: www.fertilitycare.org www.creightonmodel.com www.naprotechnology.com




OVERVIEW


There are several NFP methods available. Each method utilizes Fertility Awareness concepts to help couples achieve 98-99% accuracy in spacing pregnancies. Each method can be used with irregular cycles. Postpartum & Premenopause classes exist as well. For most methods, both online and in-person classes are available. Instructors provide many chart reviews to ensure students feel confident using NFP.




MARQUETTE METHOD


The Marquette Method utilizes the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor, a device used at home which measures hormone levels in urine to estimate the beginning and end of fertility in a women's menstrual cycle. The Marquette Method is backed by current and ongoing medical research and technology and is taught by licensed healthcare professionals trained by Marquette University. Additionally, the Marquette Method has effective postpartum breastfeeding-specific instructions utilizing the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor. The monitor can be used in conjunction with observations of cervical mucus, basal body temperature, or other biological signs of fertility. For more information, please visit: https://www.mmnfp.com/grandrapids




BILLINGS OVULATION METHOD


Billings relies on cervical mucus sensations to track fertility. Women use their own vocabulary to describe observations, as each woman's fertility is unique. 4 simple rules can be used at any stage of a woman's reproductive life. Instruction and private follow-up from an accredited instructor strongly recommended. For more information, please visit: www.boma-usa.org www.learnnfponline.com





BENEFITS OF NFP

NO SIDE EFFECTS


Research shows women are not satisfied with birth control's side effects. In fact, 40-61% of women switch birth control methods within two years. NFP frees you from prescriptions, invasive medical procedures, and unpleasant side effects. With NFP, you can avoid these birth control risks:

  • Breast cancer: 50% increased risk
  • Cervical cancer: Twice as likely
  • Stroke: 2-3 times more likely
  • Pulmonary embolism: Twice as likely
  • Crohn's disease: Three times as likely




IMMEDIATELY REVERSIBLE


If your family planning intentions change overnight, NFP can keep up. Unlike when using hormones, there is no waiting period for fertility to return. And unlike implants, vaginal rings, or IUDs, there is no need to schedule an office visit to remove or replace anything. With NFP, simply avoid or engage in intercourse based on your individual fertility charting. No waiting or scheduling required.




ORGANIC & CHEMICAL-FREE


Your groceries may be organic, but what about your hormones? Did you know artificial hormones are Class 1 Carcinogens, according to the World Health Organization? That's the same category as asbestos, tobacco, plutonium, and diesel exhaust. NFP can help you achieve a truly organic lifestyle, free from artificial chemicals.




RESPECTS LIFE


For women concerned with respecting life starting at conception, NFP is the obvious choice for spacing pregnancies. Why? The Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) lists the Mechanism of Action for all prescription birth control as follows: "alterations in the endometrium that can impair implantation" This means if a human egg is released & fertilized (and yes, breakthrough ovulation is fairly common with birth control), the newly conceived life cannot implant in the womb, and it dies at an early stage. The term for this action is abortifacient.




CURES HEALTH PROBLEMS


Many women use birth control to "treat" issues such as acne, heavy or painful periods, PCOS, endometriosis, and others. But birth control cannot cure these problems. It only masks the symptoms, hiding them for a while. By charting daily fertility signs, NFP users can gain detailed insight into hormonal imbalances causing these problems. An NFP doctor can then diagnose and actually cure them.




IMPROVES COMMUNICATION


They say if you can discuss finances with your spouse, then you can talk about anything. But we say: if you can discuss cervical mucus with your spouse, then you can discuss anything! NFP enables couples to engage in real, meaningful conversations every month. When the possibility of conceiving another baby returns each month, so does the opportunity to discuss careers, finances, emotions, and other important issues. These topics naturally arise when deciding family size and spacing children. While it's not impossible to discuss these topics when using birth control, NFP automatically encourages these conversations more frequently, leading to consistent, quality communication between spouses.





NFP MYTHS

SYMPTO-THERMAL METHOD (STM)


This is among the most common methods for new NFP users to learn. STM is taught in a 3-part class series. Students learn how to chart & interpret 3 fertility signs:

  • Basal body temperature
  • Cervical mucus
  • Cervical changes (optional)
STM classes are offered throughout Grand Rapids and online. Click here for the current class schedule. For more information, please visit these STM provider sites: www.ccli.org www.symptopro.org




CREIGHTON METHOD


Creighton users learn how to interpret their fertility based on precise examinations of cervical mucus. After an introductory session, clients can schedule a series of private classes with a certified FertilityCare Instructor or Practitioner. Physicians trained in NaPro Technology rely heavily on Creighton charts to diagnose & treat women's health. For more information, please visit: www.fertilitycare.org www.creightonmodel.com www.naprotechnology.com




OVERVIEW


There are several NFP methods available. Each method utilizes Fertility Awareness concepts to help couples achieve 98-99% accuracy in spacing pregnancies. Each method can be used with irregular cycles. Postpartum & Premenopause classes exist as well. For most methods, both online and in-person classes are available. Instructors provide many chart reviews to ensure students feel confident using NFP.




MARQUETTE METHOD


The Marquette Method utilizes the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor, a device used at home which measures hormone levels in urine to estimate the beginning and end of fertility in a women's menstrual cycle. The Marquette Method is backed by current and ongoing medical research and technology and is taught by licensed healthcare professionals trained by Marquette University. Additionally, the Marquette Method has effective postpartum breastfeeding-specific instructions utilizing the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor. The monitor can be used in conjunction with observations of cervical mucus, basal body temperature, or other biological signs of fertility. For more information, please visit: https://www.mmnfp.com/grandrapids




BILLINGS OVULATION METHOD


Billings relies on cervical mucus sensations to track fertility. Women use their own vocabulary to describe observations, as each woman's fertility is unique. 4 simple rules can be used at any stage of a woman's reproductive life. Instruction and private follow-up from an accredited instructor strongly recommended. For more information, please visit: www.boma-usa.org www.learnnfponline.com