Office of Evangelization & Family Life Ministries

Natural Family Planning

GOOD FOR YOUR BODY AND SOUL


Natural family planning helps couples “to experience the unity and grace that comes from living out marriage the way God intends.”

– Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

Through these courses in Natural Family Planning (NFP), you will learn to understand the natural cycles of fertility and infertility, and grow in your realization of how important and vital these gifts really are. You will appreciate your own fertility as a normal and healthy part of your life and marriage.

Natural Family Planning strengthens the marital relationship. It increases the quality and frequency of communication between the spouses. Couples find that the love and respect they have for each other grows as their understanding and appreciation of their fertility increases.

Natural Family Planning is:
  • Safe
  • Natural
  • Inexpensive to Use
  • Scientific
  • Effective
  • A Shared System between Husband and Wife
All Natural Family Planning courses and methods provide teaching on:
  • The biology of how NFP works
  • Method effectiveness
  • How to make daily observations
  • How to chart
  • The Catholic Church’s teaching on marital love and sexuality
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Learning NFP is Simple

The Office of Evangelization and Family Life Ministries currently promotes and sponsors three different live courses and one online course.

If taking these courses for marriage preparation requirements, please note that all of these courses require at least 3 months of instruction before your wedding, so early registration is important.  Read below for further description and registration information on the different options available to you.

***For Marriage Preparation, you need only to complete ONE of the options listed. ***

SYMPTO-THERMAL METHOD BY "THE COUPLE TO COUPLE LEAGUE" (CCL)

Live Onsite Class

This course is taught in a classroom setting by a trained CCL teaching couple. The course entails completing the three classes taught in three sequential months, as well as completing two months of personal charting.

The Sympto-Thermal Method is based on changes in a woman’s cervical fluid and basal body temperature, which change in response to the hormones of the menstrual cycle. With this method, a woman takes her temperature at the same time in the morning every day as well as observes her cervical fluid throughout the day and records this information on her chart at the end of each day.

This program is offered in the Archdiocese of Denver in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. For questions about Spanish classes call Centro San Juan Diego: 303-295-9470. It is also offered virtually, if location is restrictive.

Cost: $130 (plus shipping and handling)
To Register: http://register.ccli.org

CREIGHTON MODEL FERTILITYCARE SYSTEM

This course is taught in a private one-on-one setting, with a trained FertilityCare Practitioner. The Creighton Model Program includes an introductory session and 5 follow up sessions, spanning 3 months. This completes the marriage preparation course portion. The course highly encourages the couple to complete 3 additional follow up sessions after the wedding (with an additional fee). Each private session provides a chart review.

With this method, a woman observes her cervical fluid throughout the day and records this information on her chart at the end of each day.

The Creighton Model also features NaProTECHNOLOGY, which is a new women’s health science. Both the Creighton Model System and NaProTECHNOLOGY provide a medical framework to evaluate and treat a variety of conditions from which women of reproductive age suffer.

This method is highly recommended for women with gynecological problems (such as PMS, ovarian cysts, irregular cycles, PCOS, or endometriosis) or infertility.

This program is offered in the Archdiocese of Denver in English and Spanish.

Cost: $245 (Includes materials, Introductory Session, and five follow up sessions)
For More Information: www.fertilitycaredenver.com

BILLINGS OVULATION METHOD

This course is taught in a private setting, one-on-one with a certified teacher. The course consists of an introductory session, which provides primary instruction on the method and 5 follow up sessions spanning over 3 months. These follow up sessions occur every two weeks and include personlized instruction and chart reviews. Additional sessions are recommended following the wedding.

The Billings Ovulation Method is based on the primary observation of sensation as well as observed cervical fluid. This method has four simple rules that are applied within the woman’s cycle (the first three rules are used before ovulation and the fourth rule is applied once the fertile phase is over), based on a couple’s desire to achieve or postpone pregnancy.

This program is offered in the Archdiocese of Denver in English and Vietnamese.

Cost: $175 (Includes materials, Introductory Session, and five follow up sessions)
For More Information: billingsdenver.com

SYMPTOPRO FERTILITY EDUCATION

Self-paced Online

Note:  To take this course for marriage preparation the couple must have their pastor’s approval.

This course teaches the Sympto-Thermal Method.  It is based on 3 primary observations: sensation, observed cervical fluid, and waking temperature.  With this method, a woman takes her temperature at the same time in the morning, observes her cervical fluid and sensation during the day, and records this information on her chart at the end of each day.  This course takes approximately 3 months to complete.

Successful course completion includes completing:

  • 3 Learning Sessions
  • Quizzes
  • 3 Follow Up Forms
  • 2 Months of Personal Charting

You are assigned a personal instructor that accompanies you throughout your course, answers questions, and reviews your quizzes and follow up forms to ensure successful learning.  They are available to you by email, phone or video conference.

It is preferred that couples learn NFP in a live teaching environment, although that is not always possible,  In certain cases, this learning option is available, for example, for couples who:

  • live in different cities/states
  • don’t have live NFP classes in their area
  • have opposite work schedules

Cost: $170 (w/ paper book option) or $145 (w/ e-book option)
To Register: https://symptopro.org/denver

NFP-Only Doctors in the Archdiocese of Denver

The following Catholic physicians are trained in the methods of NFP. They can review a couple’s chart as a means of evaluating their gynecological health and fertility. None of these doctors prescribe contraceptives as a method of family planning or as a means of treating health issues.

Dr. Edwin Anselmi, Family Practice/OB
Our Lady of Hope Clinic
7920 S. University Blvd. Suite #100
Centennial, CO 80122
720-344-2680

Dr. Megan Woodman, OBGYN
Integrated OBGYN
9397 Crown Crest Blvd. Suite #220
Parker, CO 80138
303-721-1670
www.integratedobgyn.com

Dr. Carlos Vera, Family Practice/OB
Provident Healthcare
8380 Zuni St. Suite 200
Westminister, CO 80221
303-493-5200
www.providentsh.com

Bella Natural Women’s Care
180 E. Hampden Ave, Suite #100
Englewood, CO 80113
303-789-4968
www.bellanwc.org

Dr. Monica Serrano-Toy, Family Practice
Associates in Family Medicine
2121 E. Harmony Road Suite #370
Fort Collins, CO 80528
970-221-2290
www.afmfc.com

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