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Does Natural Family Planning Work?

Can Natural Family Planning Work For You?

We're excited to share this post from our partners at BabyCenter! Every week, we will be bringing you the best parenting and lifestyle stories from the experts at BabyCenter, including this post from Sabrina Garibia about using natural family planning as a form of birth control.

It’s much, much worse than the secret assemblies we had in middle school about menstruation. At least we were kids and all girls that time.

I’m a sophomore in college, and the old priest who is teaching my theology of marriage class is talking about natural family planning. He uses the words sex, cervical mucus, cervix, and orgasm all in one class.

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Mortifying. I turn my head to giggle with my friend about the way we should have learning about our periods in middle school, and my eye accidentally catches the cute senior.


Even more mortifying.

That section of the class stayed with me for years, and when I got married, I knew I wanted to try natural family planning (NFP), first to prevent and later to achieve pregnancy. I read the book in full, and several months into my marriage, my husband and I decided to use NFP (or actually, the fertility awareness method) to prevent pregnancy.

It worked perfectly, but we followed the rules by the book (literally). Just like any other form of birth control, it is only effective when done properly. When we were ready for a baby, we followed those rules and got pregnant fairly easily (after a miscarriage and a bit of chart obsession).

When I’m done nursing, I think we will use natural family planning or the fertility awareness method again. It is natural and effective when done right. My husband and I both believe in it (unlike Jennifer’s husband and probably Jennifer herself).

What about you? Do you think NFP works?

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waterbabie waterbabie 3 years
would NFP really help me have a baby? im 24 and about 250lbs but trying hard to loss it theres some other things going on but besides that ever since i could remember i have had to be on birth control for my pds. i will get them for 6months strait and its not light its heavy knife staping kinda bleed i have to take ion pills just to keep me awake and some days i had to call off work. then it will stop for maybe 3-7days and start agian for another 6 months. me and my husband want to start a family but because of my weight n my pd i can't get off birth pills i don't know what to do. and my dr is no help its like taking to a wall all he keeps saying is stay on ur pills and eat more salads. but im afraid that if i try this NFP im still going to bleed all the time. What should i do?
kindo1313 kindo1313 5 years
It definitely works if you follow all the rules! We have used NFP for the entire 8 years we have been married. We have 3 kids (all planned), which were all conceived within 4 months of us trying to conceive...usually within 2 months. Furthermore, it has helped me become much more attuned to my body, which is a definite plus in my opinion.
wvmother wvmother 5 years
We use the Creighton Model, which we're really happy with. It's really accurate and helps people actually find why their infertile when they have those issues, and you can actually even spot a double ovulation. Most of my friends use the pill and we actually are more active than our friends. I think because we have to wait a few days when I have fertile readings, it keeps us very excited for when we can do it! Haha! Another plus is my husband never asks me if it's my time of the month because he knows!
austinmommyof4 austinmommyof4 5 years
Yes it works, and yes it can fail just like any type of BC. We use NFP and the only time it failed for us was a double ovulation due to stress which I missed when tracking. It does cut down on your "active" time compared to BC, but besides that we have no problems with NFP.
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