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By Rebecca Teti

Wednesdays: Natural Family Planning

(Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun: Changing Roles)

This weekly thread is a place where you can share your struggles, triumphs, links, resources, concerns, and questions about all things related to Natural Family Planning.

Rebecca Teti


  • A friend asked me for articles that explain the spiritual or religious dimension of NFP. She is non-Catholic and using it because it's natural and is now intrigued. There's Humanae Vitae itself of course, but do you have popular articles you learned from or that you think are especially well expressed?

    Posted on Jul 17th, 2013 at 7:15 AM by Rebecca Teti

  • Transferring Kathleen's question from yesterday here: Maybe I should wait for NFP day, but in case I don't get back here tomorrow - how much effect can I expect the weather to have on my temperatures? I've been attributing a string of unusually high temperatures to the fact that it's been in in the 90s for the past 2 weeks (and we don't have air conditioning). Is that valid? My temps have dropped the past 2 days, despite the temperature outside remaining high, so I'm wondering if maybe I was wrong about that? Or could my body just be adjusting to the summer heat?

    Posted on Jul 17th, 2013 at 7:17 AM by Kathleen

  • Rebecca, Have you searched the websites of the Couple to Couple League or One More Soul? Both have some great resources on this topic & might have something that appeals to your friend from a natural & spiritual (though not specifically Catholic) approach. Praying that she is open to seeing the beauty of God's design in the human body & for marriage as expressed by the Church through her seeking.

    Posted on Jul 17th, 2013 at 8:47 AM by Patricia

  • Hi Kathleen, I'd definitely take the heat into account for the rising temps - happened to me a couple of years ago when the heat just got too much.

    Posted on Jul 17th, 2013 at 9:26 AM by Christy

  • To follow up on Patricia's suggestions, I was going to offer two specific titles: From One More Soul, a cd "Prove it, God...And He Did!" by Patty Schneier; and from Couple to Couple League--(although others may carry it as well) Janet Smith's "Contraception--Why Not". I think that may be in more than one format, but I'm not positive. Also, at www.catholicmom.com there is a whole section of archived nfp articles by Sara Fox Peterson under women/health/nfp. Many of those also bring in the spiritual or religious dimension as well.

    Posted on Jul 17th, 2013 at 9:30 AM by Mary Therese

  • Is there NTF for women who have stopped having their menstral cycle?

    Posted on Jul 17th, 2013 at 10:03 AM by unknown

  • Do you mean for a woman who has entered menopause, or for a woman with irregular cycles, but still within the time-frame of normal fertility? Since menopause is associated with the bodily changes that lead to a loss of fertility as we age, I suppose NFP at this point would be more for keeping track of bodily changes as an eye to health, versus trying to conceive or space the birth of children.

    Posted on Jul 17th, 2013 at 10:30 AM by Patricia

  • For women who have entered menopause. Can one get pregnant then?

    Posted on Jul 17th, 2013 at 10:33 AM by unknown

  • Rebecca, I find the posts on Iusenfp.com to be very comprehensive regardless of religious affiliation.

    Posted on Jul 17th, 2013 at 12:29 PM by Danielle M.

  • Danielle M-- I just read the Open Forum craziness from yesterday, and I'm glad you're still posting!

    Posted on Jul 17th, 2013 at 6:29 PM by MR

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