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Roman Catholic NFP articles providing information on research within the field of fertility, family planning, and related issues.


Natural Family Planning takes the dignity of ordinary men and women seriously.

One of the constant objections to Natural Family Planning is that it asks too much of people. Many will acknowledge its positive features as a form of family planning it reverences life, is never abortifacient; it has no deadly side effects; it demands only a moderate amount of abstinence. Still! - it requires self denial and self discipline of a kind that ordinary people will not put up with. At the bottom line, this logic says, it won't work. But this objection fails to appreciate what an "ordinary person" can and will do - given a motive and loving help.

Date posted: 2007-04-08

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Kenner, Louisiana

There was a time years ago when one might sometimes hear the complaint: "All they ever talk about from the pulpit is sex!" Today the chances are you would hear the opposite "When are we going to hear a sermon on sexual morality?" Well, be disappointed no longer. Here we go - specifically on the subject of contraception.

Date posted: 2006-12-24

Natural Family Planning The Choice for a Healthy Marriage

When Natural Family Planning is used to avoid a pregnancy or to space the number of children when there are justifying reasons to do so, it is free of the detrimental moral and physical elements which are so intrinsic to artificial methods. Natural Family Planning is a method of spacing births that fully respects the beauty of human sexuality according to the design of God. But NFP is more than a technique of family planning it is actually a way of life.

Date posted: 2006-02-04

"Human Life," Thirty-Three Years Old

The '8Os and '9Os also saw great advances in research on holistic methods of birth regulation which are verifiably more effective than contraception and fully respectful of the natural meaning of conjugal love. The knowledge we have today about a built-in set of fertility signals placed in the female body by our Creator liberates couples from old-fashioned methods.

Date posted: 2005-11-06

"Responsible" Parents Are Open to Life

Interwoven among these aspects of responsible parenthood is the understanding that the two great meanings or values of marriage - the "unitive" and "procreative" - are never separated. A love that is complete and faithful, a love which holds nothing back from the other, will remain open to God's creative plan. After all, it is God's love in the first place.

Date posted: 2005-11-06

Humanae Vitae Thirty-third Anniversary Commemoration

Each of us in accord with our state of life and particular responsibilities must strive to do whatever we can to communicate the good news about Christian love and marriage. In an age that is so attuned to what is natural and suspicious about the human manipulation of nature, we must communicate anew the folly of employing chemical warfare on a woman's fertility and the tragedy of surgical interventions to render men or women infertile.

Date posted: 2005-09-18

Natural Family Planning and the New Evangelization

Embracing Natural Family Planning goes contrary to our culture. It insists upon respect for the integrity of the marital act, according to God's plan, in a society which believes that one may manipulate the marriage act, as if God did not exist, in order to eliminate its essentially life-giving nature.

Date posted: 2005-07-26

Oral Contraceptives, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Breastfeeding and the Risk of Breast Cancer

Three studies that reported on the risk of breast cancer in 3 highly respected medical journals recently received wide media coverage. They are briefly reviewed.

Date posted: 2002-10-31

Personal Home Monitoring of Fertility Received Positive Evaluation

The developers of Persona (Unipath, Ltd.) a hand held urinary hormone monitoring device, were interested in the acceptability of this new technology for home fertility monitoring and as a means of naturally avoiding pregnancy. Researchers from the department of psychology at the University of Florida recently reported on the acceptability of the use of the Persona in a longitudinal study.

Date posted: 2002-10-28

Standard Day Method(TM) Found To Be Effective

Researchers from the Georgetown University Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) recently reported on a multi-site effectiveness study of what they call the Standard Day Method (SDM) of family planning.

Date posted: 2002-10-26

Calendar Rhythm Users Often Make Incorrect Calculations of the Fertile Period

A multi-country focus group study was conducted recently to determine how couples actually use calendar methods, how they determine the fertile phase of the menstrual cycle, what behaviors they use during the fertile phase, and whether they are satisfied with natural methods of birth regulation.

Date posted: 2002-10-25