[The Billings Method] was very intriguing to me because it is in line with my own religious beliefs and seems like a great way to better understand my own body.
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.
It encourages communication and conversation about topics that may be difficult for other couples to discuss, including starting a family and the inner workings of the woman’s body.
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. ~
I noticed that my menstrual cycles have been different in the last year, and so I wanted to start keeping track again. Since I am nearing menopause, this information can help me better understand what is happening.
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!
“My husband was the one who actually initiated the discussion about using Natural Family Planning as opposed to contraception due to the side effects of artificial birth control. It was nice to see that not only can men be on board, but they might actually find it to be the better method as well.”
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.
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.
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.