Most people know that Catholics are big supporters of Natural Family Planning (NFP), but it looks as if they are not the only ones jumping on this trending bandwagon. With the recent release of the book Sweetening the Pill and more and more couples coming forward to learn about NFP and supporting it, it almost seems like this is the trendy thing to do. It makes sense, especially for people who are into other alternative choices in living: organic/whole foods shoppers, alternative medicine, natural/home birthing, etc… Maybe this is all too crunchy for you, but give it a thought!
“Even outside of the moral draw, it’s compatible with the ‘Whole Foods’ way of life,” Sholl said. “Most of the students who take the classes are required to be there, but for those who end up using NFP, the main draw is that it is good for your body. It seems simple to the women who buy hormone-free chicken. They realize the irony when they’re putting hormones into their body every day to shut down a part of the body that is working properly.” – See more at: ‘Whole Foods’ way of life opening eyes to NFP
The great thing about NFP is that it doesn’t suppress fertility, like other contraception; it actually works with your fertility. Instead of ‘birth control’ it is ‘fertility control’. It is a comprehensive understanding of your body and how it was designed to work. There are no question marks, no guessing, no hormones, no devices, nothing artificial. All I used to know about getting pregnant was that it happened when you had sex. I had no idea that there was only a window of time in each cycle that it was even possible to conceive. Isn’t it great to know exactly when that window is and how to recognize it? Isn’t it great to know when you are pregnant right away and not have to be wondering until your period comes or doesn’t come? If you don’t want to get pregnant, or you want to get pregnant, NFP is there to help. Even in cases of having a hard time conceiving, or having repeated miscarriage, learning NFP can help diagnose complications that are causing these things to happen! This is what NFP offers.
I have become so excited about the health benefits of NFP that I want to become an instructor. There are so many methods of NFP that I admit, it can be a little daunting and confusing at first. However, there are instructors out there trained to teach couples how to start NFP and I want to join their team.
If you are an instructor please write a comment about the process to become one and any thoughts or feedback you might have about this growing field.
For some resources, check out these great websites I’ve been looking into lately. There is tons of information!