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 natural family planning instruction in a variety of formats. Continued support is provided for follow up, when seeking to optimize fertility and prepare for pregnancy, when a just need to avoid pregnancy is discerned, and during transitions such as postpartum or perimenopause.
These services are available in English or Spanish.
Additional courses exploring body literacy and menstrual cycle awareness are available for girls with their parents and for young women striving to embrace their femininity and optimize their health and well-being. NFP-friendly health professionals are available for consultation when women experience menstrual cycle problems and/or fertility problems.
*(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. Please select “Natural Family Planning” under “Area of Giving”. Thank you for your support!