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Natural Family Planning


NFP is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman's menstrual cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of the woman's cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy.

NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.

(Standards for Diocesan Natural Family Planning Ministry, p. 23)

Young family in the yard.Announcements

  • Bishop Conley of Lincoln posted a new pastoral letter on marriage and family: Read and Share!

  • NFP Awareness Week 2014 will be celebrated on July 20-26. The 2014 slogan is: NFP, it's worth it! Join the Revolution! Currently, USCCB staff is completing the NFP poster and will post it soon. Meanwhile, are you planning your diocesan NFP celebrations?

  • Attention Diocesan NFP Coordinators: Please be advised that we are not yet ready to request data for the 2013 NFP Profile Survey. You will be sent an email when the website survey is ready.

  • Please visit our new education page for physicians!
    See: NFP Education for Healthcare Professionals


Couple smiling at their wedding.Events

  • April 25, 2014: Caring About Healthy Women, Healthy Marriages & Healthy Families The Diocese of Fresno presents a "Forum of Experts" to present a conference on these three topics. It goes from 7-9pm and only cost $10 per person. For more information see the Diocese of Fresno Webpage

  • April 25/ May 2, 2014: Fun Night Out! The Diocese of Sioux Falls hosts an evening of hors d'oeuvres and beverages for a fun night to learn more about NFP. RSVP for free!

  • June 2-6, 2014: Teen STAR Workshop.  The NFP staff of St. Louis University, School of Nursing are hosting this teacher training in teen sexuality education.  Contact: Hanna Klaus, MD, NFP Center of Washington, DC, Inc.; tel, 1-303-897-9323;



  • The St. Augustine Foundation has developed a new website to help you educate on NFP and Catholic teaching on human sexuality, the virtue of chastity, marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. A special feature is a video of interviews with Catholic physicians. See

  • BOMA-USA Billings Ovulation Method Association has available the second edition of the book, A Preachable Message. For couples who would like to learn the Billings Method online, WOOMB offers distance education. Contact: Sue Ek at
  • Women, Sex, and the Church; A Case for Catholic Teaching, (Erika Bachiochi, ed.), is  written by women who challenge "the common misconceptions that the Catholic Church's teachings are anti-women and anti-sex." This book offers a variety of faithful Catholic women writing on such issues as: love, sex, reproduction, women in the home, and women in the world. A teaching guide designed especially for students of law, feminist theory, and sexual and social ethics is also available. See: Women, Sex and the Church.

  • Now available, the video, "Saying I Do:  What Happens at a Catholic Wedding," introduces viewers to the Roman Catholic Rite of Marriage and answers frequently asked questions about Catholic marriage. This 22-minute video is available for free on the homepage of the For Your Marriage Website.
  • On-line Introduction to the Billings Method  Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago this on-line course provides an introduction to the science of NFP and the Billings Method in particular. A special feature is a video of the NFP couple who teach and witness to living the NFP lifestyle. Supplemental materials such as PDF documents for further reading are also included. Register online. For more information contact: Maria Garcia, NFP Coordinator, Archdiocese of Chicago, (312) 534-8273; e-mail:
  • On-Line Marriage Preparation  Developed by the Archdiocese of Chicago, this program allows engaged couples to experience a qualified Catholic Pre-Cana program completely at their convenience through the Internet. Interested? See: Online Marriage Prep.

  • Catholic Marriage Prep is an on-line resource and part of Agape Catholic Ministries in the Diocese of Colorado Springs.. It allows for both marriage prep and NFP classes in person or on the web. To find out more visit  their website
  • Need NFP resources to give to your parish priest? See the "Clergy Packet" published by the Couple to Couple League.
  • Daughters Forever, Sons Forever: Helping Parents Connect with Teens on Important Issues by Linda Kracht, is a resource for Catholic parents who wish to counter negative cultural messages and raise faithful teens. The book tackles such topics as gender, vocations, and fertility. The book and study guides can be purchased by visiting Fortifying Families of Faith.



Mission of the USCCB Natural Family Planning Program

Helping couples to deepen conjugal love and achieve responsible parenthood is part of the Church's total pastoral ministry to Catholic spouses. Fulfillment of this ministry includes both education and pastoral care. This means "instilling conviction and offering practical help to those who wish to live out their parenthood in a truly responsible way" (Familiaris consortio, #35).

Permission is granted for copying and reprinting the NFP information on this website. Please cite the source of the information and unless otherwise noted, please include the following text: "Used with permission from the NFP Program, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All rights reserved."

Contact Information:

Natural Family Planning Program
Secretariat for Laity, Marriage, Family Life & Youth
3211 4th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017

Telephone: (202) 541-3240

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