natural family planning (NFP)


    Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for various methods of charting a woman's natural signs of fertility in order that the married couple may achieve or postpone pregnancy.  NFP methods are inexpensive and can become a normal part of a couple's daily routine  and assist the woman in general health awareness.  NFP works with a couple's fertility, not against it.  Engaged or married couples interested in learning NFP are encouraged to enroll in a certified course of study offered through the programs listed below.                    

    Catholic Diocese of Arlington

    Click here for a brochure on NFP Classes in NORTHERN VIRGINIA


    Couple to Couple League teaches the Sympto-Thermal Method. 

    • For a list of classes and local chapter information, go to 
    • To register for classes, visit and click on "Search/Register for Classes."  You may contact the Chapter Coordinator, Len Rice

      at (703) 222-5121 or

    Creighton Model FertilityCare

    To find certified Creighton Model teachers in VA, visit:

    Northwest Family Services

    Northwest Family Services has been providing quality and effective NFP instruction for 30 years. If you are unable to attend a course in person, taking this online is the next best thing.

    The Marquette Model

    The Marquette Model brings 21st century technology to NFP by using the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor.




      Medicine that Makes You Sick


      by Robert F. Conkling, MD


      NFP & the Couple's Relationship


      by Dr. Mary Shivanandan


      NFP: Myths and Reality


      by the USCCB Program for NFP


      Is NFP Good for Your Marriage?

      by Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life & Youth

      Myths & More Myths

      by Theresa Notare

      NFP Charting Helps Detect Health Problems

      by Juliette Glasow

      "In 1968 Something Terrible Happened to the Church"-
      Cardinal James Francis Stafford reflects on how dissenters on Humane Vitae tore the Church apart- and how the rift has left scars to this day.

      Infertility resources

      Pope Paul VI Institute
      Internationally recognized for its outstanding achievements in the field of natural fertility regulation & reproductive medicine, which includes Napro Technology.           

      Reproductive Technology
      Evaluation and Treatment of Infertility from the US Catholic Bishops                                     

      Donum Vitae
      Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation