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Natural Family Planning Catholic – Marquette Method NFP

Catholic Speakers, Ken and Janelle share the Natural Family Planning Journey, from their introduction to the Billings Ovulation Method to the Marquette Method.

Natural Family Planning, also known as NFP is a non-hormonal way of planning one’s family. There are a variety of methods compatible with Catholic teaching: Billings Ovulations Method (billings model), Creighton method, Symptothermal method.

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The Marquette Method has been a blessing in our life.
It is one of the most effective forms of NFP. It is 99% effective in avoiding pregnancy when used correctly and with the expert advice of a trained Marquette instructor. The method is objective and relatively easy to learn, and typically requires less abstinence than other forms of NFP.

One of the strengths of the Marquette Method NFP is the educations of their instructors. All Marquette instructors are physicians or Registered Nurses. They are trained in how to personalize the method to each client’s specific needs, preferences, and medical history. This method makes use of the clear blue fertility monitor.
The Billings Ovulation Method is also another wonderful NFP method. It is a natural method of fertility management. It teaches you recognize your body’s natural signal of fertility – cervical mucus.
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The Symptothermal Method is a most trustworthy method of natural family planning. It incorporates several signs of the woman’s fertility: cervical mucus, cervix changes, morning temperature, and calculation to determine the beginning and the end of the fertile period.

Creighton Method of natural family planning

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The Creighton model relies upon the standardized observation and charting of biological markers that are essential to a woman’s health and fertility. These ‘biomarkers” tell the couple when they are naturally fertile and infertile, allowing the couple to use the system either to achieve or to avoid pregnancy. These biomarkers also telegraph abnormalities in a woman’s health. The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (CrMS) is a standardized modification of the Billings Ovulation Method. I
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38 thoughts on “Natural Family Planning Catholic – Marquette Method NFP

  1. I’m going through RCIA and I was protestant and my husband is Catholic but followed me into my faith. Anyway we had secondary infertility and went through a cycle of IVF that did not work. Shortly after we started going to a Catholic Church and joined RCIA. All this to say, this is how all the fertility doctors teach tracking fertility! So I’m surprised when I hear Catholics talking about any other method of tracking because this is how the secular world tracks and it’s so easy and most importantly the most accurate! I’m happy to hear that Catholics are finally getting on board with it.

  2. Thank you for sharing this guys, super helpful.
    Brief question :
    For people who may genuinely be unable to afford NFP methods that require ' tools ', what would be the best free NFP method for them?

  3. Wow! This is great to know!! I have had success with tracking without strips or anything, as our bodies are incredible teachers of what is going on within– but I am interested in the lesser amount of stress with this method. lol. And yes, just as you stated, definitely appears to be less time consuming. Thank you!

  4. Thanks. Very well done and very brave! There is helpful facebook site (that I have no affiliation with),
    "Clearblue Monitor Methods (MM) NFP" , that is a good peer resource.

  5. Just note that the monitor is not registering HCG… that's the pregnancy hormone. Its measuring estrogen and luteinizing hormone (LH). When estrogen rises, the monitor signals "high" and when the LH peaks, the monitor shows "peak" which signals ovulation is to occur in the next 24-48hrs.

  6. Thanks for this guys. NFP in Ireland is practically unheard of! Very difficult to find an instructor. My husband and I I try our best on my own but it is very stressful. I'm going to look into this method as I hadn't heard of it before. Sounds easier and less stressful. God bless you both.

  7. Great video! Glad it was recommended.

    The only issue with the Marquette is if anyone has PCOS or other hormone issues, this method is not reliable due to the LH, FSH, and HCG being out of balance, thus creating false positives when the time of ovulation comes around. Or that’s what I’ve been told at least! 😰

  8. This is my dream. When I become a registered nurse, I want to get into the specialty of nursing obstetrics or Nursing neonatal science. I want to be a nurse researcher and take care of teaching others about having dignity of life and death. I also want to get into this topic of natural family planning. I feel prolife is better and we need take care of those arguments people start to put such as when someone gets raped. But there is a big topic because we need to teach others about God and Jesus. We need virtue. I really want to get into this stuff. If I was not studying nursing, I would be a marriage and family therapist.
    Please pray for me. I love your videos so much because as cradle catholic and curious person, I love how you explain things. I hope God bless you. 🌿

  9. The family natural planning method is is a very confusing method to understand so we need more people explaining it. Thank you for the video. God bless you🤍

  10. I want to say something. The ppl i know who practice billings have 4 or more kids. This method requires both parties involved to participate in this and to be on the same page. For someone like me, the ppl who publicly champion billings have alot of kids and so its not a good example for me who wants to prevent pregnancy. Sorry.

  11. Thanks so much for this video, was really confused and unsure about how NFP works in a marriage,and the uncertainty of it.But it gives me hope to see that there are couples who actually do it.I felt that there's no way one can stay holy in a marriage in this day and age,but you gave me hope.I hope one day I will find someone willing to follow this.

  12. I think you both speak so well of the Billings Ovulation Method® which worked so well for you for nine years. I think that if you were mentored by accredited teachers listed on this website or through over the internet, you would not need a gadget to rely on, especially as you get older. In your late 30's and early 40's the cervix does not respond so often to produce good satisfactory mucosa (a nicer word than mucus that was used in Greys Anatomy 1958) which is vital for sperm survival and transport. I certainly had a Basic Infertile Pattern of dry sensation for most of those days meaning conception was impossible. Any slight change, however, did require Wait and See Count 1,2,3 until the fourth evening rule….very simple! The resources and help when in doubt is so incredible now with e-mail, zoom and internet that a Billings teacher is always available….lucky young women!

  13. Good information, I would like to know how much money do you spend in a month using this method? How many stick you use in a month? Do you check it every day? If you can answer this questions I really appreciate it!!

  14. I was a certified NFP instructor for 15 yrs. (Sympto-thermal method) My husband and I took the class prior to our wedding and I immediately embarked on training to become an instructor. I wouldn't have changed anything. We encouraged husband's to chart and become a part of the process. I think this makes it more of a "couple" method. I ended up charting for 25 yrs. through breastfeeding, surgeries, etc.

  15. So this is probably very silly question but … is using app calendar on the phone to track your fertility ok or not? Also do you suppose to Use NFP only for medical reasons or is there times when using NFP is a sin?

  16. I never knew of this method until my friend told me about it. I just stopped taking the pill because it was messing with my mood and i was gaining lots of weight. I am four months postpartum and i am so glad i found this!

  17. Thank you!! We are embarking on our NFP journey now and this is just what we needed. A little more tangible than just relying on my body awareness alone. I already felt the anxiety you referred to in postponing pregnancy for the time being. We have to get a bigger place first!! 🙂 Thank you again!

  18. NFP is not only important for religious purposes, but great for marriage relationships and women's health. Dr. Janet Smith published a CD many years ago, "One More Soul," in which she discussed all of the benefits of couples practicing NFP. Thanks Ken and Janelle! Great to have a couple sharing about their NFP stories.

  19. This video helped me a lot with deciding what I want to do. I’m three months postpartum and I’ve been having anxiety about pregnancy since two months postpartum. I feel like it’s nearly every day when someone mentions if I’m gonna get pregnant again. That’s the last thing I want right now… I have four kids my oldest who just turned five years old! I fear putting my body through another pregnancy so soon.

  20. But is there still uncertainty within days around fertility regarding to the life span on semen? My wife and I are doing NFP and it’s infuriatingly me with the inaccuracy of tracking her fertility.

  21. I find many types of marquette when I look to buy, could you please recommend me where I can buy the correct one, or where I can get it🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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