Advantages of Natural Family Planning

Safe and Healthy

  • No medical side effects
  • No abortifacient effects (in contrast to methods using artificial hormones--PillPatchDepo shot, etc.)
  • Promotes self-awareness and wellness
  • Can alert a couple to potential fertility problems or other health issues

True Family Planning

  • Can help couples with low fertility to have the best chance of conceiving a child
  • Does not risk extended loss, reduction, or total elimination of fertility as do the Pill, Depo-Provera, IUD, etc.
  • Can be "reversed" at any time

Effective in Postponing Pregnacy

  • Same range of effectiveness as the most effective artificial means (Pill, IUD, etc.)
  • More effective than barriers such as condoms, diaphragms, spermicides, etc.


  • Instruction in methods between $ 50 and $ 400, sliding scale available in all methods
  • Payback vs contraception is a few months

Morally Right

  • When used in the context of Responsible Parenthood
  • Respects the integrity of the man and wife, created in God's image
  • Vs. contraception, which "must be excluded as intrinsically immoral" (Familiaris Consortio, 32)

Good for Marriages and for Children

  • Promotes communication, faithfulness, intimacy, mutual respect, chastity, love
  • Helps parents appreciate children as gifts from God
  • Helps parents communicate healthy sexual attitudes to their children