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Natural Family Planning

What Is NFP?

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a powerful tool for engaged couples preparing for marriage and married couples to learn how to monitor their reproductive health and either achieve or postpone pregnancy by practicing periodic abstinence. An NFP course teaches couples how to observe the signs of fertility and apply simple rules to space their children without using drugs or devices. For more information on NFP visit the USCCB Natural Family Planning Page, and Natural Family Planning Outreach. For information on the benefits of NFP, visit Catholic Couples NFP.

Check Out Our List of Upcoming NFP Classes

Here in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati we offer NFP courses in a variety of approved methods. Details of each method are available on the websites linked below.

NFP Awareness Week

NFP Awareness Week is July 24 – 30, 2022. This year’s theme, selected by the USCCB, is “Called to the Joy of Love.” The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25), which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love, and responsible parenthood. The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26) the parents of the Blessed Mother, grandparents of Jesus. Pope Francis has instituted the fourth Sunday in July (this year the 24th), close to the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, as World Day for Grandparents, a fitting commemoration during National NFP Awareness Week.

For more information, please see the following links:

Couple to Couple League

The mission of the Couple to Couple League is to inspire, educate and support couples in family planning that is natural, effective, healthy and consistent with God’s plan for life, love and marriage. To find out more information on Couple to Couple and to sign up for NFP classes go to their website.

Creighton Fertility Care

The CREIGHTON MODEL FertilityCare System relies on the standardized observation and charting of biological markers that are essential to a woman’s gynecological and reproductive health. A woman can use this information for the maintenance of her health, and couples can use this knowledge to plan their family and build their future together.

Billings Ovulation Method Association

Pure and simple! Based on 50 years of ongoing scientific research, the Billings Ovulation Method is a highly effective, yet simple way to postpone or to achieve pregnancy and monitor reproductive health without drugs or devices. The Billings Ovulation Method can work effectively for women, whether they are coming off of hormonal contraceptives, breastfeeding, weaning, or approaching menopause. Regardless of the particular situation, the four simple rules of the method are the same for everyone.


NFPI provides client and teacher education in the Cross-Check Method (also called “STM”), a multi-indexed method of NFP. Mr. and Mrs. Kippley are “NFP pioneers” and the co-founders of the CCLI. They are among the devoted Catholics who developed NFP methods in the United States.


MUCN-INFP provides education in the Sympto-Hormonal Method (SHM) also called the “Marquette Method” (MM) This approach integrates the basic information of cervical mucus with the added feature of an electronic hormonal monitoring device.