Natural Family Planning (NFP)
‘Natural Family Planning’, also known as ‘NFP’,
is a birth control method typically used within certain particular religious
circles whose beliefs do not allow its members to practice any form of
unnatural barrier methods such as condoms, intrauterine devices, birth
control pills, spermicide, diaphragms, emergency contraception (also known
as the ‘morning after’ pill), and abortion.
does Natural Family Planning work?
The most effective practice of NFP is called the sympto-thermo
method. It teaches a woman how to correctly observe and chart
her basal body temperature (BBT) and her cervical mucus in order to determine
her fertile days from her infertile days. During a woman’s fertile
days, her BBT will be at a high level for at least three consecutive days,
and she will notice mucus at her vulva. She will remain fertile until
both the mucus has dried up completely, and her BBT is back to normal.
Abstinence from sexual intercourse must be exercised during the
How effective is Natural Family Planning?
This birth control method is not necessarily for everyone. It
is not recommended for women who tend to have chronic infections, making
it difficult to properly record menstrual cycles, and it is not recommended
for women who have irregular cycles. With meticulous tracking, careful
observation, and proper interpretation, NFP can be as effective as 95%
What are the Pros and Cons?
Here are some pros and cons to the ‘Natural Family Planning’
- Is effective with proper practice
- Requires no medicinal drugs
- Encourages female body awareness
- Is in accordance with many religious beliefs and cultures
- Offers no protection from sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s)
- Requires at least 3 to 6 menstrual cycles in order to learn the method
- Requires determination and discipline to monitor and chart cycles
- Abstinence from sexual intercourse may be a deterrent for some people