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What is natural family planning?

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. Couples using NFP to avoid
pregnancy abstain from intercourse and genital contact during
the fertile phase of the woman's cycle. No drugs, devices, or
surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy. NFP reflects
the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage
and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the
value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-
giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between
husband and wife.
(Reference - The Diocesan Development
Program for NFP, National Conference of Catholic Bishops)


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