Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of the woman’s cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy.
NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.*
The Office of Family Life NFP Program of the Diocese of Charlotte offers free natural family planning focused courses regularly around the diocese for small groups. Online and private instruction options are also available. Continued support is provided for follow up, when seeking to prepare for pregnancy, and during transitions, such as postpartum or perimenopause. These services are available in English or Spanish.
NFP-friendly health professionals are available for consultation when women experience menstrual cycle problems, via telemedicine, if needed. New efforts of the NFP Program, including mother/daughter retreats and a course called “Know Your Body”, focus on increasing awareness of the menstrual cycle as a vital sign, and using the cycle as a tool to obtain health and wellness, in the context of Church teaching on feminine dignity.
*(Standards for Diocesan Natural Family Planning Ministry, p. 23)
Batrice Adcock, MSN, RN
Natural Family Planning Program Director
Office of Family Life
Diocese of Charlotte
Please consider making a donation to the NFP Program at the following link: : NFP Donations. Please indicate “NFP Program” under “Special Instructions” when giving a donation. Thanks for you support!