WHAT IS NFP?

 

AVOID PREGNANCY

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.





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

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.





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

MYTH 2: NFP is only 76% Effective


FACT: ONLINE STATS WERE MISLEADING Up until May 2019, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website stated NFP had a 24% failure rate. This was based on a 2011 study with flawed research methods. The main flaw was that researchers mixed ALL natural methods - including the ineffective Rhythm Method - into a single statistic. That would be like combining all artificial birth control into a single statistic - the pill, implant, IUD, injection, etc. This would certainly never be considered accurate reporting! After being corrected by various fertility awareness groups, the CDC has updated its information. It now states that NFP methods have between a 2-23% failure rate. This is far more accurate than before, and we need to share these updated statistics as much as possible.




MYTH 3: NFP won't work with Irregular Cycles


FACT: ANYONE CAN USE NFP EFFECTIVELY The rumor that NFP won't work for irregular cycles is based on the myth that NFP is just the Rhythm Method. As explained above, NFP does not use any calculations, averages, or estimates to guess when a woman is infertile. NFP uses daily fertility recordings (waking temperature, cervical mucus, and other signs) to pinpoint exactly where a woman is in her cycle, one day at a time. That means a woman with 28-day cycles can use NFP equally well as a woman whose cycles vary between 20-50 days, or any other length.




MYTH 1: NFP is just the Rhythm Method


FACT: NFP is FERTILITY AWARENESS, not Rhythm Decades ago, the only natural option for spacing births was the Rhythm Method. Users didn't chart their fertility signs, but instead tracked their monthly cycle length, then guessed which days were infertile based on standard calculations.​ Rhythm Method was notoriously ineffective, since it didn't work for women with irregular cycles, or women who didn't have perfect 28-day cycles each month.​ Aside from periodic abstinence, Rhythm and NFP have nothing in common. Rhythm was based on guesswork, not actual fertility chart data.​ Modern NFP, in contrast, is firmly based on Fertility Awareness concepts. There are no math equations to estimate infertile days. NFP uses empirical evidence to achieve 98-99% effectiveness.




MYTH 5: I can learn NFP on my own


FACT: NFP CLASSES ENSURE SUCCESS It seems new fertility-tracking apps become available every day, encouraging women to gain insight & control of their fertility. Unfortunately, very few of these apps are certified to effectively avoid pregnancy. (For a 2018 review & rating of fertility apps, click here) A surprisingly large number of NFP users are self-taught, and as a result, they generally do not experience the 98-99% effectiveness of NFP as taught by a certified teacher. The best way to learn NFP is from a certified instructor. Classes are available both online and in person, and some methods even offer self-paced courses.




MYTH 4: My doctor doesn't recommend NFP, so it must not be scientific


FACT: MEDICAL STUDENTS AREN'T TAUGHT NFP Brace yourself for this: Pharmaceutical companies control much of what's taught in medical school. That shouldn't be too shocking. Big Pharma controls a lot about our healthcare, from insurance reimbursements to TV ads for prescription drugs. (And did you know the US is one of only three countries in the world that allows those television ads?) The fact is, birth control is a multi-billion dollar industry. Pharmaceuticals would lose enormous profits if women chose Fertility Awareness over artificial methods. As a result, the majority of medical students never learn about Fertility Awareness at all, despite it being scientifically proven since before the 1960's.