Natural Family Planning

Fertility awareness methods (FAM) can provide insightful health information to women of all ages and stages of fertility, from the start of menstruation until menopause. Fertility awareness methods can also serve as effective forms of natural family planning (NFP).

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This page was last updated April 4, 2024.

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    My NFP story: How I learned my migraines weren’t hormone-related

    By Christina Valenzuela • July 2, 2024
    Here’s what my chart showed
  • ‘So much more than family planning’: Finding freedom in Fertility Awareness

    By Melayna Alicea • March 14, 2024
    FAMs helped me get help for endo, conceive, and carry my children to term
  • Misconceptions your doctor might have about NFP and fertility awareness, and how to respond to them

    By Clare Sharp • August 17, 2023
    When I had my first visit with an OB-GYN, I was already in my mid-twenties. I was blessed…
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    What are FAMs? A Natural Womanhood Exclusive Video Interview with Dr. Marguerite Duane, MD, of FACTS

    By Grace Emily Stark • June 9, 2023
    “In the beginning, it might be really challenging [to learn a fertility awareness method]. [Similarly to learning to…
  • NW Podcast S2 Ep. 9: Can Catholics Use NFP?

    By Grace Emily Stark • April 14, 2023
    It’s no secret that fertility awareness methods (FAMs) can be a controversial subject. For non-Catholics, using FAMs for…
  • NW Podcast S2 Ep. 8: Making Space for Women’s Bodies

    By Grace Emily Stark • March 31, 2023
    “Does the world we build welcome mothers, or does it treat them as a problem to be solved?”…
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    Learning to love (with) Natural Family Planning 

    By Gerard Migeon • February 17, 2023
    What dozens of couples told us about their experience with NFP
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    Birth control pills almost killed me, so I rely on fertility awareness for family planning. What happens to women like me if FAM coverage gets eliminated? 

    By Samantha Stephenson • October 14, 2022
    The first time I almost died, it was a surprise. I woke up on a Saturday morning and…
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    Tired of the Critical Comments about Your NFP Use and Pregnancy or Parenting Choices? Boundaries Can Help

    By Julia Hogan-Werner, LCPC • July 29, 2022
    “When are you having kids?” “Have you tried XYZ treatment for infertility?” “Congratulations on the new baby! We…
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    When NFP is Used to Abuse: Part II of II

    By Jeanette Flood • April 28, 2022
    Trigger warning: Spousal abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, pornography addiction Part II: Advice for NFP instructors and couples…