Natural Family Planning Ministry


Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies.  These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle.

NFP is a holistic approach to family planning.  Both husband and wife understand their fertility, emotions, and family planning intention (whether to have a baby or not).  Its successful use to avoid pregnancy relies upon a couple’s following what they know about the method and one another.  Successful use of NFP requires a couple to communicate.  In the daily charting of their fertility signs, couples quickly appreciate their shared responsibility for family planning.  Husbands are encouraged to “tune into” their wives’ cycles, and both spouses are encouraged to speak openly to each other about their sexual desires and their ideas on family size.

Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse and genital contact when the woman is fertile and can conceive.  The total days of abstinence will vary from woman to woman and even from cycle to cycle.  Whatever the length of the fertile phase, no barriers or chemicals are used at any time to avoid pregnancy. To achieve pregnancy couples have intercourse during the fertile time of the cycle.  NFP is not a contraceptive.  It does nothing to suppress or block conception.  Instead, couples adjust their behavior according to their family planning intention using the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of a woman’s cycle

NFP promotes God’s plan for sexual love and recognizes the value of children.  Sexual relations are understood as love-giving as well as life-giving.  It is true family planning.  Because NFP respects the two-fold nature of sexual intercourse, it can enrich the bond between husband and wife.  Indeed, it can be said that NFP promotes the understanding of “self-donation” between spouses.

Shawn and Nicki from Our Lady of Peace parish share their experience with using Natural Family Planning in their marriage.

What method is Best for You? 

Learn what makes each method unique so you can decide which one fits you best. 

The following Natural Family Planning methods are available in the Diocese of LaCrosse

SymptoPro is a symptom-thermal method of NFP that instructs couples how to observe and interpret the cervical fluid, the basal body temperature, cervical changes and various other secondary signs.  Online self-paced classes are offered; Face to Face classes by request.


CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE.  INSTRUCTOR ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE. The Marquette Model is a hormone monitoring method of NFP that teaches couples how to monitor the two female hormones that influence fertility, using the Clearblue Easy fertility monitor.  Face to Face classes are offered; Distance Ed classes by request.

The Creighton Model FertilityCare System is a standardized model of the ovulation method that is typically taught in a medical setting. It provides couples with a defined grading system for cervical fluids. Because of its standardization, charts tracked in this method can be used to detect underlying menstrual cycle irregularities.  Face to Face classes are offered; some locations have Distance Ed. by request.

Here from several couples about the life changing benefits from practicing Natural Family Planning in this video created by Couple to Couple League.

NFL quarterback Philip Rivers shares of his own experience practicing NFP and how it has benefited his marriage.

Catholic Life Articles

Here are a few Catholic Life articles. To read the full article, click on the blue colored title.

  • From Rules to Richness – The Prusinskis’ NFP journey into the Will of GodFrom Rules to Richness – The Prusinskis’ NFP journey into the Will of God
    As Catholics, we are called to live counter-culturally in nearly every aspect of life. Preparing for and living out the vocation of marriage within the Church is perhaps one of the greatest contrasts with modern societal norms. Phil and Dana Prusinski of St. John the Baptist Parish in Marshfield, having… Read more »
  • Glimpsing the DivineGlimpsing the Divine
    The Van Hemerts’ Journey of Faith and Family “I never dreamed in a million years that I would step foot in a Catholic Church, much less become Catholic myself!” shares Jacqueline Van Hemert of St. Mary Parish in Altoona. After both growing up in Protestant traditions, she and her husband… Read more »
  • Waiting for God’s giftsWaiting  for God’s gifts
    Dan and Michelle embraced God’s plan for their family From the beginning, Dan and Michelle Herricks of Cashton were focused on family and Faith. Michelle converted before the couple married in August 2005, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. It was easy to come into the Church,” says Michelle. “When Dan… Read more »
  • 5 Reasons Fertility Apps Cannot Replace a Natural Family Planning (NFP) Course5 Reasons Fertility Apps Cannot Replace a Natural Family Planning (NFP) Course
    Technology is amazing, isn’t it? Phone apps are making life so much more convenient. There are even apps that can take some of the pain out of recording and interpreting your NFP charts. Some couples, faced with the cost and rigor of going through an NFP course, might even be… Read more »
  • Why NFP Rather Than Contraception?Why NFP Rather Than Contraception?
    It is no secret that “artificial contraception” – which includes hormonal contraception, barrier contraception, and chemical contraception – has become widely accepted inside and outside of the Church, despite the Church’s constant official teaching that contraception is immoral. Many people think that the Church’s official teaching is “old fashioned” in… Read more »

Contact Information

Office for Marriage and Family Life/NFP
Phone: 608.791.2673

Chris Rogers, Director

Christy Kitzhaber
Natural Family Planning Coordinator