Natural Family Planning
The Office of Marriage & Family Life promotes Natural Family Planning (NFP) as a highly effective, maritally enriching, spiritually enlightening, emotionally uplifting, sexually fulfilling and moral means of planning one's family.
How do I learn Natural Family Planning?
The Office of Evanzelization and Family Life Ministries currently promotes and sponsors classes in two methods of NFP instruction in the archdiocese:
THE SYMPTO-THERMAL METHOD, as taught by the (A) Couple to Couple League, (B) Symtopro Fertility Education by Northwest Family Services,
- THE MUCUS ONLY METHOD, as taught by (A) The Creighton FertilityCare System
If taking these courses for marriage preparation requirements, please note that all of these courses require at least 3-4 months of instruction before your wedding, so early registration is important. Read below for further description and registration information on the different options available to you.
***For Marriage Preparation, you need only to complete ONE of the options below. ***
The Sympto-Thermal Method involves observation of several signs of fertility that change in response to the hormones of the woman's menstrual cycle. These observations include changes in cervical mucus, basal body temperature, and changes of the cervix. Hence, the reason it is called the "sympto-thermal" method. You can learn the Sympto-Thermal method through one of the organizations listed below.
(A) Couple to Couple League
NFP Courses with the Couple to Couple League (CCL) are taught in a classroom setting by a trained married couple in a series of three meetings at monthly intervals. For registration information, please click on the NFP Schedule. http://tinyurl.com/c9awodr
(B) Northwest Family Services
NFP Courses with Northwest Family Services (NWFS) are currently being offered by Carolyn Hochanadel in the Fort Morgan/Eastern area of Colorado. This course is taught through a series of three classes and follow-up meetings. For more information and to register please contact Carolyn at 970-867-5879 (It is best to call in the evenings).
MUCUS ONLY METHOD:
(A) Creighton FertilityCare System
The Creighton FertilityCare System is a model of Natural Family Planning that involves an introductory session with a Creighton FertilityCare Practitioner who will then meet with you and your fiance/spouse as many as eight times for private and individualized follow-ups over the course of a year, based on your personal needs. The method relies on a detailed observation of external cervical mucus as the main indicator of fertility. There are several trained Creighton practitioners in the Archdiocese of Denver who work on an individual basis.
To learn more about the Creighton FertilityCare System and to locate a practitioner, please visit their Website at: www.fertilitycaredenver.com
NWFS On-line Option
If necessary, and with your pastor's approval, Natural Family Planning courses are offered in an on-line study format. Before you sign up for this class, you must have your pastor's approval. To register, go to Northwest Family Services website: www.nwfs.org or call (503)546-6377