Calendar of Events

July 21 - July 27
2019 Natural Family Planning Awareness Week
Nationwide
July 19, 2020 - July 25, 2020
2020 Natural Family Planning Awareness Week
Nationwide

Blessings of Life

This six-part series is from Catholic women in ArkansasDana Dodge writes about how natural family planning changed her life for the better. Erin Pohlmeier explains why contraception is bad for women, followed by Anna Ostrom's writing about the physiological consequences of contraception. Mary Stengel discusses the dignity of motherhood, Franchelle Jaeger speaks about responsible parenthood, and Brooke Glover discusses being both a faithful Catholic and working woman. Read the Blessings of Life.

Natural Family Planning

Choose a Method and Register

Natural methods are generally divided into two categories: Ovulation method (OM) and Sympto-Thermal method (STM). Visit the websites provided to find out which method best fits your lifestyle as husband and wife. There is a fee for classes that includes supplies and services.

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term to describe the methods used to achieve or avoid pregnancy based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Couples using these methods to avoid pregnancy, abstain from sexual intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of the woman’s cycle. No drugs, devices or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy. The methods of NFP reflect the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life and promote openness to life and the value of the child. By complementing the love-giving and life-giving nature of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife. (Standards for Diocesan NFP Ministry, 2010)



1. Sympto-Thermal Method (STM)

Sympto-thermal methods are multi-indexed methods of NFP. A woman is taught to observe her multiple signs of fertility. STM methods teach a woman to observe her primary signs of fertility (cervical mucus, basal body temperature and cervical changes). The secondary signs of fertility (breast tenderness, back pain, etc.) are also taught. Among STM providers, variations exist in some rules, charting two or more of the primary signs of fertility, as well as differences in chart symbols. Despite the variations, all refer to the multi-indexed methods as “STM.” You may register for a class live and onsite (classroom setting held locally), live and online (virtual classroom) or self-paced and online (online classroom with guidance from teaching couple). Register online in English or Spanish.

Register for a Class


2. Ovulation Method (OM)

Approximately at the time of a woman’s ovulation, a type of mucus is secreted by the cervix. This primary sign of fertility indicates when a woman is potentially fertile. The woman’s correct observation of her cervical mucus is the basis of all cervical mucus methods (CMM). The term “Ovulation Method” or “OM" has become an umbrella term for most cervical mucus methods. The guidelines for interpretation of cervical mucus vary per CM method approach. For more information on the Ovulation Method, go to Family of the Americas in English or Spanish.

E-mail Elizabeth Reha for Information


3. St. Anne FertilityCare™Center Classes in Bentonville

The St. Anne FertilityCare™Center offers classes using the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (CrMS), which is based upon the knowledge and understanding of the naturally-occurring phases of a woman’s fertility and infertility. CrMS relies upon the standardized observation and charting of biological markers that are essential to a woman’s gynecolocical and reproductive health. Now, a woman can know her cycles and use this information for the maintenance of her health. Further, couples can use this knowledge to plan their family and build their future together.

Contact St. Anne FertilityCare™Center

Calendar of Events

July 21 - July 27
2019 Natural Family Planning Awareness Week
Nationwide
July 19, 2020 - July 25, 2020
2020 Natural Family Planning Awareness Week
Nationwide

Blessings of Life

This six-part series is from Catholic women in ArkansasDana Dodge writes about how natural family planning changed her life for the better. Erin Pohlmeier explains why contraception is bad for women, followed by Anna Ostrom's writing about the physiological consequences of contraception. Mary Stengel discusses the dignity of motherhood, Franchelle Jaeger speaks about responsible parenthood, and Brooke Glover discusses being both a faithful Catholic and working woman. Read the Blessings of Life.