(Closed) Questions about NFP

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Start by checking out the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Wechsler (see if you can get your SO to read it, or parts of it, too). It describes everything from a scientific rather than a religious perspective and it’s pretty thorough.

Check with your parish or your diocese to see about classes. There are different methods out there (Billings, Marquette, sympto-thermal) so I recommend reading the book first: that way you’ll have a better idea about which type of class you might want to take.

Post # 4
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes, check with your parish and diocese.  If your location is indeed correct, here’s the info the diocese has on their website: http://www.archgh.org/Our-Programs/Education-and-Formation/Family-Life/Programs/Natural-Family-Planning/

I’ve actually taken classes in two different NFP methods.  Both of them were three classes, spaced about a month apart. Most classes are going to ask that your husband attend as well. 

I’ll be praying for you!

Post # 5
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Many diocese recommend the Couple to Couple League class. It’s three (3 hour?) classes, and it can also be taught online if there isn’t a class near you. It will address a lot of your questions from the Catholic viewpoint.

Yes, you can learn NFP “just from another couple,” but I would be wary if they are not formally connected with a larger organization.

Post # 6
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It sounds like we’re in a similar boat. My husband and I use NFP to avoid conception. We do it because following my faith is very important to me. My husband, like yours, is more “along for the ride.” Fully abstaining during fertile days, and not doing other stuff during that time, is probably the hardest. I know not doing anything during that time is not my husband’s favorite thing. But he obviously does not want me to do anything I think is not right, so he’s been understanding about it. I think most spouses would be. 

In terms of learning NFP, I would give yourself 3-4 months of charting to fully understand what’s going on. Reading books and understanding the concepts doesn’t take long at all, but observing and figuring out your own body takes longer.

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