Learning NFP for me was also transformative for my career as a nurse practitioner, especially because I am very passionate about women’s health. I wanted to learn more about NFP in order to inform my patients about these alternative options to birth control.
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.
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.
“I feel so much more in tune with my body and the changes that happen with it every month. I have a better understanding as to how my symptoms are related to my fertility.”
There are so many benefits to NFP that I believe are important for both physicians and patients to know about.
We both agreed that contraception seemed to be a barrier to their relationship and overall communication and decided NFP was the best plan for us.
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.
We originally had some anxiety about learning to use Creighton, but it was actually very easy to learn and we did not have any real difficulties during this learning process.
One of the major challenges that we have experienced is the difficulty we have had in finding an OB/GYN who is trained in these methods.
Using the Fertility Awareness Method these past 13 years has helped me understand my body, communicate with my partner, and enjoy my health. And now I can share this information with my daughter so she can make more informed decisions throughout her life. ~