Birth control methods???

Melany - posted on 04/22/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )




Hi. I was wondering if anyone knows about the birth control method that is practised by most catholics where you abstain during certain time frames, etc... Don't know much about it but if anyone can give me any details I'd appreciate it.


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Tia Melissa - posted on 01/27/2011




You've gotten good replies. It's called Natural Family Planning or NFP. There are essentially three forms. Temp only, temp & mucus cross check and mucus only. (Marquette, STM and Billing/CreightonModel) There are several different methods in each category. You need to choose which one works best for you and STICK with it closely. Follow the rules and stay in contact with the people who teach it. (maybe not the teachers specifically but the organization where they can help for more difficult protocols) Learn your method. Anyone would expect a pregnancy from incorrect use of ABC and NFP is no different.

Priscilla - posted on 10/07/2010




NFP and it has many different methods. I used to chart my time cycle and check my discharge for signs of ovulation. It worked for nearly 2 years...then we decided it was time.

Bailey - posted on 09/16/2010




We used the Creighton Method as well after my youngest was born, and it worked for about 9 months. In our parish you need permission to practice NFP. We have 4 children aged 3 and under, so that warranted NFP. I'm physically unable to breastfeed, so I've never had much of a space before now. My youngest was about a week shy of 1 when I got pregnant this time. This baby is due in March.

Jennifer - posted on 08/12/2010




There are a few different versions of NFP.
Sympto thermal uses basal body temps, mucous observations and cevix position to cross check fertility

Billings is mucous only

Creighton is a medical model mucous only method

Marquette offers the addition of a fertility monitor to observing other fertility markers

NFP should only be used for serious/grave/just reasons as determined by prayerful consideration between the couple and God with the addition of a trusted priest or spiritual advisor as needed.

Donna - posted on 07/28/2010




I'm coming into this discussion a little late, I know, but if you are having trouble finding a NFP class close to you, you can do some research on infertility/trying to conceive, and get the same information (used for the opposite purpose, of course). Although I live in a large metropolitan area, and would have had no trouble finding an NFP class, my husband and I decided to wait, because we wanted to try to conceive sooner rather than later. My plan was to have my family, THEN learn NFP. It turned out that we experienced fertility issues, and I learned how to track my cycles in order to try to conceive. We planned intercourse during fertile times; to try to avoid conception, you would avoid intercourse during those times.

Di - posted on 06/16/2010




I've never heard of the Creighton Method but the Billings Method uses a woman's mucus to tell which are her fertile times. It can work to avoid pregnancy or used to achieve pregnancy. Hope this helps

Steph - posted on 05/27/2010




If you're after information on the moral side of things, I'd highly recommend reading the encyclical Humanae Vitae ( which explains the intrinsic relationship between the marriage act and the procreation and education of children and the Kimberly Hahn book "Life-giving Love". While NFP is considered morally neutral by the Church, living in abstinence is still the exception rather than the norm for Catholic couples and we have to guard against it becoming "Catholic contraception" in the same way we have to guard against annulment becoming "Catholic divorce" by having a solid understanding of where it sits morally and what attitudes we have to bring into it. It really saddens me to hear young Catholic couples talking about using NFP as flippantly as I hear non-Catholics talking about going on the pill.

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i use creighton method.. fabulous lol.. if you want more infor i can get you in touch with my practitioner and see what she can do to help you

Melany - posted on 04/23/2010




Thanks for the info... The nearest couple to couple League is too far for us so I will see if I can find a home study kit. Thanks again...

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Yes, CCL or Couple to Couple League. Google it. You can buy the home study kit if there isn't a class near you. That's what we did.

Angie - posted on 04/22/2010




The only type of birth control that is considered moral by the Catholic church is natural family planning. Until my hysterectomy, we used the basal-thermal method taught by The Couple to Couple League. NFP is not something that can be taught in this type of forum. Check with your parish and they will be able to help you find teachers. Every other type of birth control is either, a sin against Onanism or could cause the murder of a baby.

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