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Natural Family Planning
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Married couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy for the time being abstain from intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of the woman’s cycle. Likewise, married couples open to the possibility of conceiving a child engage in intercourse during the fertile phase of the woman’s cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid or achieve pregnancy.
NFP reflects the God-given dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.