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The Unique Challenges of Practicing NFP as a Military Family

Avatar by Grace Stark

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Sometimes promoters of Natural Family Planning (NFP) or Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) get criticized for painting too rosy a picture of these methods. And, truthfully, the promotional materials, workbooks, and charts for NFP—methods that help women know their cycle and their fertile time so that they can achieve or avoid pregnancy effectively without the use […]

Let’s Hear It From the Husbands

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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It’s fair to say that using Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABMs) to achieve or avoid a pregnancy will change your sex life. A couple effectively using a FABM (such as the Sympto-thermal Method, Creighton, Billings Ovulation Method, or Marquette) needs to be in constant communication with each other about their plans for a family and to have […]

Tips for When Your Husband’s Not On Board With NFP

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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They say it takes two to tango . . . and it also takes two to practice natural family planning, or NFP. When using Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABMs) to achieve or avoid a pregnancy, making observations about basal body temperature, cervical mucus, or hormones detected in urine must fall to the woman in the relationship. […]

What It’s Like to Live Out NFP, Compared to What You Learn in the Textbook

Marie Angelo by Marie Angelo

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Sometimes, among my friends who use Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM), or Natural Family Planning (NFP) as I first called it, I hear stories of how things weren’t exactly as they expected. It’s true, there are some things you experience while using Natural Family Planning that aren’t in the textbook. But I still wouldn’t choose any […]

How to Build Intimacy When Abstaining

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

I love when I hear couples exclaim how much Natural Family Planning (NFP) has increased the intimacy of their relationship. It might seem counterintuitive to some that a family-planning method requiring periods of sexual abstinence could add intimacy to a relationship, but you’d be surprised what some couples who use NFP would say. How do […]

When Men Resent Natural Family Planning

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

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“I hate NFP. I hate it!” My friend, a 36-year-old man, sitting across from me at a popular Mexican eatery for a beer, is a tall, kind, and rather quiet type. A scientist, he is also a Catholic who wants to live the teachings of his faith about sexuality, which, if a couple would like […]

One More Reason FABMs are Different From (And So Much Better Than) Birth Control

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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When I first got into charting my cycles with Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM), I considered it a (fabulous and exciting) alternative to my birth-control pill. I may have even referred to charting as hormone-free birth control. Eight years later, I now cringe at that saying. I’ll admit, phrases like natural birth control do get the […]

Is Natural Family Planning Unnatural For Relationships?

Kathleen Taylor by Kathleen Taylor

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I love when I’m out in a social setting and the topic of birth control comes up. I jump at the opportunity to mention the lesser known, natural options of Natural Family Planning (NFP) and Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABM) because I know it may be the only time someone ever hears about them. Reactions […]

How FABMs Improve Couple Communication In An Age When We Especially Need It

Jeanette Flood by Jeanette Flood

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Did you know the use of Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABMs) is associated with an enormous statistical difference in marriage success? Couples using FABMs are perhaps as much as 50 times less likely to divorce than those who don’t. Study after study shows that around 50% of marriages in the United States (the vast majority […]

Reproductive Respect: The Missing Part of the International Women’s Day Conversation

Jeanette Flood by Jeanette Flood

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International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8, applauding women’s achievements around the world and calling for accelerated gender parity. While these are definitely worth celebrating, sadly, many who campaign for gender equality have a blind spot when it comes to contraception, championing it as foundational in the fight for equal opportunities for women. Few […]