What is Natural Family Planning?

Natural Family planning refers to the use of knowledge of the woman’s menstrual cycle to guide the couple’s decision to time intercourse according to their plan to achieve or postpone a pregnancy.

  • Competent use of NFP is comparable to that of the IUD and contraceptive pill but without the side effects. It is more effective than the condom, the diaphragm, the cervical cap and spermicides.

  • Couples who use NFP have a high chance of conceiving if they time intercourse to the most fertile days of the month, which NFP can help them to identify.

What is required to use NFP Effectively?

To be effective, Natural Family Planning requires:

  • A good knowledge of the signs of fertility and infertility present during the menstrual cycle
  • Communication between the couple — both partners need to be motivated to learn and follow the rules that come with the method
  • Abstinence to be used during fertile days when pregnancy is not desired.

Putting these into practice help the couple to make informed choices about their sexual behavior depending on whether they wish to achieve or avoid pregnancy.


Natural Family Planning is a natural choice which is not only effective, but also brings personal satisfaction. It gives the benefit of self-knowledge, an admiration for nature, is cost effective and ecological. It has no negative side effects and is very user-friendly once the couple has become familiar with the method. It leads to harmony between the couple, deepens intimacy, renews romance and enriches family life.