There have been five major effectiveness studies conducted, which suggest that the method is 99.5% successful (as a means of avoiding pregnancy). These figures show an effectiveness that is comparable or better than any contraceptive product available.
NFP is a totally natural approach. This avoids any reliance on contraceptive products and along with that, all the energy that would go into the marketing, production, distribution, use, destruction and waste generated by contraceptive products and contraceptive-related products. If you are looking for a safe, natural, organic and holistic approach to planning your family that does not pollute our precious planet, then this is it.
It promotes harmony with the body
NFP helps you to develop an intimate understanding of how your body works and decipher the signals that your body is giving you about your fertility and health.
It enables more communication and love
The successful use of the system relies on the couples being able to communicate about the times of fertility and infertility and in conjunction with that, their mutual desires and what they hope to achieve from the use of the system. For many couples the ability to communicate on this level really helps to develop a profound respect and love for each other and deepens the mutual commitment in their relationship.
It promotes the dignity of women
This approach promotes fundamental and profound respect between a man and a woman. This has the potential to promote respect for women and change the way women are treated and viewed on a fundamental level.
It enhances sexual relationships
NFP encourages a deeper understanding of human sexuality that goes beyond a limited genito-centric view to embrace a deeper more profound understanding of sexuality that ultimately leads to enhanced relationships.
It encourages shared responsibility
Using the system for family planning involves a process of mutual decision making by spouses. In this way, couples take equal responsibility in the use of the system. This is essential in truly sharing the responsibility of family planning.
Developing an attitude of positive parenting
The use of a method such as this acknowledges the sacred and powerful potential in the sexual act to bring forth a new life. There is no forced separation of the life-giving potential and the powerful bonding capabilities of the sexual act. In accepting this, couples acknowledge that there is always the potential gift of a child when engaging in intercourse, even though it may not be their intention to have a child at that moment. This encourages couples to develop a sense of reverence towards their role of bringing forth new life. The beginning of human life is the moment when parents become co-creators with God. This is a sacred moment and a moment of grave responsibility.
Systems like the Billings Ovulation Method, FertilityCare and the sympto-thermal method help to develop attitudes that encourage parents to develop a sense of welcome towards a child.
Why do we need natural systems if contraception is so easily and widely available? Contraception is popularly portrayed to be the only way to effectively plan your family. This system challenges that. Not only is the system as effective as any other system of contraception, it is ultimately a healthier, safer and greener approach to family planning.
A real system of family planning
NFP gives couples real flexibility in how to plan their family, since they can decide to use the system not only as a means of avoiding pregnancy but also for achieving pregnancy as well. A study published in 1992* showed that 76% of couples with normal fertility achieved a pregnancy in the very first cycle of use. By the sixth cycle of use, 98% of couples had achieved pregnancy.
These figures not only show how effective the system is as a means of achieving a pregnancy but can also help in the early identification of couples who may have difficulty in conceiving.
Using the system for family planning involves a process of mutual decision-making by spouses. In this way, couples take equal responsibility in the use of the system. This is essential in truly sharing the responsibility of family planning.