Natural Family Planning (NFP)

The theme for Natural Family Planning Week 2015 is

What is Natural Family Planning (NFP)?

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a general term for the scientific, natural and moral methods used to achieve or postpone pregnancies.

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What are the methods of NFP?

Each NFP method is focused on one or more signs of female fertility. They can be grouped into three categories

  1. Cervical Mucus Methods (CMM)
    The methods that observe cervical mucus are commonly called the "Ovulation Method" or "OM." In NFP education, a woman learns how to identify the normal, healthy, cervical mucus which indicates the days that sexual intercourse is most likely to result in pregnancy. A number of NFP providers teach a variety of approaches to the observation and charting of cervical mucus (e.g., Billings Ovulation Method Association—USA, Creighton Model FertilityCare™ Centers, Family of the Americas, etc.).
  1. Sympto-Thermal Methods (STM)   
    The methods that observe several signs of fertility and 
    cross-check two or more of the signs to pinpoint ovulation are commonly called the "Sympto-Thermal Method" or "STM." STM typically combines charting of the Basal Body Temperature (BBT) and cervical mucus with other optional indicators, such as changes in the cervix and secondary fertility signs. A number of NFP providers teach a variety of approaches to the observation and charting of these signs (e.g., Couple to Couple League, Northwest Family Services, various diocesan programs, etc.).
  1. Sympto-Hormonal Method (SHM)
    The method that observes several signs of fertility and adds the use of an ovulation predictor kit (OPK) or fertility monitor is called the "Sympto-Hormonal Method" or "SHM." Similar to the STM, this approach adds the self-detection of reproductive hormones in the urine with the assistance of an OPK or fertility monitor. Various diocesan NFP programs make use of the SHM as well as Marquette University's Institute for NFP (Marquette Model).

APPROVED NFP PROVIDERS

The following organizations are approved in the Diocese of Austin:

Provider Method Type Language(s) Local Contact Local Website
Billings Ovulation Method Association

CMM

(Billings)

English

Amanda Ransom

(512) 415-0808

ransomsnfp@gmail.com

www.boma-usa.org
Couple to Couple League STM English, Spanish

Nick and Monica Warren

(715) 257-0857

nfp@Loswarren.com

 
Couple to Couple League STM English

Randy and Grace-Marie Kolb

(512) 891-5341

rkolb@austin.rr.com

 
Austin FertilityCare Center

CMM

(Creighton Model)

English, Spanish

Diana Arteaga

(512) 474-2757

info@austinfcc.org

www.austinfcc.org
FertilityCare Center of St. Mary's

CMM

(Creighton Model) 

English, Spanish

Several Practitioners

(979) 846-5717

fcctexas@gmail.com

www.aggiecatholic.org/fccsm-practitioners
Family of the Amercias CMM English

Mary Quevedo

(512) 773-8725

nfpmary@gmail.com

www.familyplanning.net
FertilityCare Center of St. Mary's

STM

(Standard Sympto-Thermal)

English

Kevin and Morgan Pesek

(979) 846-5717

kpesek@aggiecatholic.org

www.nfpsst.org