What are the benefits of using NFP?
InNFP both husband and wife are taught to understand and live God's design for
married love—this will give them countless blessings! NFP methods promote a
holistic approach to family planning which both respects procreation and has
the potential to deepen the intimacy of husband and wife.
methods support reproductive health. They are good for the body. The natural
methods have none of the harmful side effects caused by contraception,
especially chemical contraceptives (e.g., pill, injection, etc.). For the
woman, NFP charting can even assist in the diagnosis of underlying medical
problems. And, if a couple find they are having trouble conceiving, NFP
information can help them pinpoint the most fertile time of the wife's cycle.
methods can be marriage strengthening. NFP relies on couple communication and
behavior change. NFP methods require husband and wife to cooperate with each
other in the most intimate area of their lives. During times of periodic sexual
abstinence, husband and wife live a renewed courtship as they discover
non-sexual ways to express their love for each other. On a practical level,
husbands are encouraged to "tune into" their wives' cycles, and both spouses
are encouraged to speak openly and frankly about their sexual desires, hopes
for number of children, and prayerful discernment of God's will for their marriage.
living the NFP lifestyle, husband and wife learn that they have a shared
responsibility for safeguarding God's gifts of human sexuality, marriage and
family. They also grow in their understanding of God's will for their family
size. NFP has the potential to make good marriages great!
is good for marriage!
- Supports reproductive health
no harmful side effects
with a couple's combined fertility
useful to either achieve or avoid pregnancy
be used throughout the reproductive life cycle
shared responsibility and cooperation by husband and wife
mutual communication between husband and wife
respect for and acceptance of the total person
God's design for married love!