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Natural Family Planning User Manual


Natural Family Planning

or as many simply call it "NFP", is a holistic and healthy way of planning a family. Essentially, it is the ability to monitor fertility and to modify behaviors according to the intention of either achieving or avoiding pregnancy.

The Marquette Model (MM) system of NFP brings 21st century technology to NFP by using the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor, a device used at home which measures hormone levels in urine to estimate the beginning and end of the time of fertility in a women's menstrual cycle. The information from the monitor can be used in conjunction with observations of cervical mucus, basal body temperature, or other biological indicators of fertility. The MM was developed by professional nurses and physicians at Marquette University in the late 1990s. A recent (2007) study published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing demonstrated a 97-98% efficacy of the MM in avoiding pregnancy when taught by a qualified teacher and correctly applied.

Who can use the Marquette Model of NFP?

Couples seeking to space pregnancies
Couples struggling with infertility
Breastfeeding women
Peri-menopausal women
Women with irregular cycles
Women interested in health monitoring
How to get started learning and using the MM of NFP?

Click on and read the NFP Quick Instructions
Click on, download, and read the NFP User Manual
Click on, download, and start to chart your fertility indicators
This website has provided free NFP consultation since 2008. We value our families who use our service. However, we are not able to continue sustaining this website without funds. Therefore, there will be a minimal charge with registration starting May 1st, 2015. It will include access to the electronic charts and discussion forum. Past users will be allowed to continue charting and asking questions without charge until May 1st, 2015. Renewal of registration will also require a fee. This charge does not apply to open access material on this website - please note open access material will not be updated. If you have questions or concerns we recommend you contact your local Marquette Method teacher or the Institute for NFP.


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