Natural Family Planning (or NFP) is a natural and effective form of family planning. It teaches you to understand your body's natural signs of fertility. The Billings Ovulation Method, which is taught at St. Ann, can be used by a woman at all stages of life - postponing pregnancy, achieving pregnancy, postpartum, pre-menopause, and even with irregular cycles.
Natural Family Planning has been scientifically shown to be 99.5% effective, assuming the couples properly follow the method (source).
Natural Family Planning is also the only form of family planning that is in accordance with the Catholic Church's teaching. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states (CCC 2370):
"Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self-observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality. These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom. In contrast, "every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible" is intrinsically evil"
Classes are held at St. Ann on Thursday evenings or Sunday afternoons. It is important you attend all the sessions to fully learn the family planning method and fulfill the marriage requirements (if applicable). We recommend attending the class at least 6 months prior to your wedding.
Classes cost $100, and include all materials and lifetime chart reviews.