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NFP Methods & Instructors
As a couple there are many factors to consider when selecting an NFP method. Below are brief overviews of each method. It is recommend that you read over them and visit the provided websites for more information. Once you have narrowed down your decision, look over the instructors excel list (under the website links). If you feel you have more questions, contact the Natural Family Planning Coordinator or an instructor.
Some of the instructors offer class instruction through Skype. Please contact them individually for more information. If you do not have Skype you may download it here for free.
Billings Ovulation Method
The Billings Ovulation Method® (BOM) is a simple yet scientific method of Natural Family Planning. Ongoing research has been conducted in Australia, Sweden and Spain since it was developed over 50 years ago by physicians John and Lyn Billings of Melbourne, Australia.
Couples using the Billings Ovulation Method® track the woman's natural and unique signs of fertility and infertility each day. Based on the primary observation of sensation, four simple rules are applied within the woman's cycle (the first three rules are used before ovulation and the fourth rule is applied once the fertile phase is over) based on a couple's desire to achieve or postpone pregnancy. As published in numerous journals, the Billings Ovulation Method® is 99.5% percent effective in postponing pregnancy, providing couples follow the guidelines correctly.
Sympto-Thermal Method by CCL
The Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) taught by the Couple to Couple League (CCL) is based on three key signs of fertility: cervical mucus, basal body temperature and changes in the cervix. By observing and recording these signs you and your spouse will be able to identify Phase I, II and III and therefore know if you’re in a time of fertility or infertility.
These signs are easily noticed by any woman who has learned to watch for them. It takes only a minute or two each day to record them in CCL’s mobile app, CycleProGo, or on a paper chart. The chart provides a daily record that can be used to identify the days of fertility and infertility. Once the fertile and infertile days have been identified, couples apply “rules” that they learn in class (and that are explained in CCL’s Student Guide) to frame the boundaries between the phases of the cycle.
Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System
The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (CrMS) is a standardized modification of the Billings Ovulation Method, and utilizes the new women's health science of NaProTECHNOLOGY. CrMS relies upon the standardized observation and charting of biological markers that are essential to a woman's health and fertility. These 'biomarkers" tell the couple when they are naturally fertile and infertile, allowing the couple to use the system either to achieve or to avoid pregnancy. These biomarkers also telegraph abnormalities in a woman's health.
The CrMS is based upon a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally-occurring phases of fertility and infertility. Through this understanding, the couple is able to make decisions (choices) regarding the achievement or avoidance of pregnancy. This system provides information which deals with the complete dimension of their procreative ability. In addition, it provides women the added benefit of being able to monitor and maintain their procreative and gynecologic health over a lifetime. It is truly the only family planning system which has networked family planning with gynecologic and procreative healthcare and health maintenance. The teachers of the CrMS are trained allied health professionals and specifically-trained physicians have been educated to incorporate the CrMS into their medical practice.
Marquette Model Natural Family Planning
The Marquette Model (MM) system of NFP brings 21st century technology to NFP by using the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor, a device used at home which measures two different hormone levels in urine to estimate the beginning and end of the time of fertility in a women's menstrual cycle. The information from the monitor can be used in conjunction with other biological indicators of fertility. The MM was developed by professional nurses and physicians at Marquette University in the late 1990s. Research has shown that the Marquette Method of NFP can be up to 99% effective at avoiding unintended pregnancies when practiced correctly, and with the guidance of a Marquette Method instructor.
Brenda Reyes de Lara
Natural Family Planning Coordinator
Director of Marriage & Family Life
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