Why Multiple Methods?
Just as there are multiple healthy diets, television channels, and cars, there are multiple methods of NFP. This allows couples to choose a method that fits their lifestyle, temperaments, and budget. Choosing a method does not have to be a one and done deal – many couples find that different methods “fit” better at different times. This is not a flaw! It's normal to switch from, say, a sympto-thermal method before children to a mucus-only method during breastfeeding Either way, your teachers will be there to guide you through transition times and help you learn to recognize your signs of fertility and interpret your chart. Don't be afraid or embarrassed to ask questions! There is no question your instructor has not answered (or even asked!) before. Many instructors will be happy to offer an introduction to their method while you are trying to decide which one you want to learn.
A more thorough description of each method offered in our diocese may be found below.
Billings Ovulation Method
“The Billings Ovulation Method™ is a natural method of fertility management. It teaches you to recognise
your body's natural signal of fertility - cervical mucus. Your reproductive system is wonderfully complex, yet the signals it gives you can be quite simple, helping you identify the fertile and infertile times in your cycles.”
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Couple To Couple League Sympto-Thermal Method
“The Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) taught by CCL is based on three key signs of fertility: cervical mucus, basal body temperature and changes in the cervix. By observing and recording these signs you and your spouse will be able to identify Phase I, II and III and therefore know if you’re in a time of fertility or infertility.”
Read more about CCL at www.ccli.org
Creighton Model Fertility Care System
“The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (CrMS) is a standardized modification of the Billings Ovulation Method. It is built on research, education and service (the “triangle of support” for the CrMS user) and is an integrated educational system designed to assure the highest quality service delivery possible for the FertilityCare™ Educator, Practitioner and the client couple.”
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Family of the Americas Ovulation Method
“Family of the Americas Foundation (FAF) was founded in 1977 as a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting programs for the family as well as uplifting and strengthening women and families worldwide. Through education in the Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning, we help couples who are trying to conceive or those who wish to postpone pregnancy.”
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Northwest Family Services Sympto-Thermal Method
“SymptoPro Fertility Education teaches the Sympto-Thermal method of NFP and has been providing quality Natural Family Planning education for over 30 years. Our classes are informative, personal, and discreet. More and more couples are discovering the joy of NFP, and in response, we offer two ways to take our course. Purchase of any of type of course includes lifetime support from your NFP Instructor at no extra charge.”
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FEMM (Fertility Education and Medical Management) Method
While FEMM, like other methods, can be used to effectively avoid or achieve pregnancy, it is primarily a health management program. It is a sympto-hormonal method which means the biomarkers used are cervical fluid and the presence of luteinizing hormone (LH).
Choosing a Method
Couples are encouraged to learn about their method options together and discuss these options to maximize method effectiveness. The following are some considerations to have in mind as you consider which method to practice.
1. What signs are most reliable for me?
2. What about my/our lifestyle or temperament might lead me to practice or avoid certain methods?
3. Do I have special health concerns? Am I looking to manage my overall health, aspects of my health? Am I simply looking for a method of family planning?
4. What sort of client support expectations do I have?
5. What is the NFP landscape in my area? Do certain methods have more available instructors and fellow users in my area? How important is this to me/us?