When we first started using the method years ago, we used paper charts with a clipboard. However, now that we have come back to it in the past few months, there is a very convenient Smartphone App that makes it much easier than paper!
I believe that a physician who understands Fertility Awareness Based Methods of family planning can use the patient’s observations and charting to effectively diagnose and treat a variety of problems working with the patient instead of suppressing, manipulating, or destroying her body and hormonal systems … and in a manner that is more successful than traditional diagnosis and treatment protocols.
After speaking with this newlywed couple, in addition to listening to the couples who have come into class to speak with us, I am blown away by the effectiveness of these methods in avoiding pregnancy, achieving pregnancy, and even bringing couples together.
Using NFP was a great way to start a marriage; the method helped create a solid foundation for our relationship via open and intimate communication.
This interview…highlighted the importance of women being able to understand what is going on in their bodies, and being able to keep track of their cycles. Seeing and hearing how well a couple that uses NFP communicates demonstrates again the idea that using NFP is a very collaborative process between partners, requiring the utmost respect within the relationship. NFP is not just a medical concept, but also a tool that helps man and woman recognize the beauty in each other and the magnificent complexity of what it means to be able to give life, together.
I believe that many women would like to go “green” with their fertility so that they could monitor their fertility and gynecological health without the harmful effects of artificial hormones.
When we heard different couples talk about their experiences using NFP, we were immediately drawn to the idea of natural family planning. I liked the idea of not putting any hormones in my body, and being able to keep track of my own cycles, to really get to know my body in a different way. We both liked the fact that it was a method that involved the both of us working together.
“When I began charting my own cycles, the first thing I noticed was a change in my self-confidence. I feel extremely empowered, as I have greater knowledge about my fertility and sexuality.”
There are so many benefits to NFP that I believe are important for both physicians and patients to know about.
After we decided to use NFP, we found it both interesting and encouraging to also learn that there is only a 4% divorce rate in couples who use natural family planning methods as compared to the extremely high divorce rate in couples who do not use these methods.