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Four Top Benefits of Natural Family Planning
Four top reasons for Natural Family Planning make it a winner in choosing how to space your children. For more information, contact Life Choices Women’s Clinics in Phoenix, AZ.
By: Life Choices Women's Clinics, Phoenix, AZ
1. Better Health
The side effects of oral contraception, the IUD, injection, the patch and other hormone or copper-based contraceptives are well documented. However, Natural Family Planning involves only a thermometer and charts, and is completely safe. “There are no health risks or side effects associated with fertility awareness,” says AmericanPregnancy.org.
Popular blogger Dustin Riechmann and his wife experienced a great relief in discovering NFP. Writing in EngagedMarriage.com, he said, “we no longer had any of the lingering, often back-of-mind, worries about whether we were harming her health, marginalizing our intimacy, or reducing our sex life to something less than it should be.”
2. Environmental Responsibility
Time magazine recently noted that NFP was becoming more popular because it is becoming known that contraceptive hormones have found their way into the environment. The article said that some of the most popular NFP instructors are “non-Catholics who praise it as a means of avoiding both ingesting chemicals and excreting them into rivers and streams.”
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3. Improved relationships
NFP teacher Colleen Norman, writing in the British Medical Journal, says that when a couple shares responsibility for family planning it deepens the relationship. Responding to a claim that NFP places an undue burden on the woman, she said, “The secret of that lay in love, understanding, and cooperation, all of which the couples had found promoted by natural family planning.” Norman has taught NFP in Europe, India and Africa.
A study by the National Institutes of Health found that “NFP couples had statistically higher self-esteem and intellectual intimacy than the OC [oral contraceptive]
Since it brings an awareness of the signs of fertility, NFP can also be used to enhance the chances of pregnancy. Unlike hormonal birth control, you do not have to wait while the women's cycle returns to normal. For example, you can avoid pregnancy in July and try to achieve in August.
“The fertility awareness method [NFP] is used both as a means of preventing pregnancy as well as targeting the most fertile time for getting pregnant,” says AmericanPregnancy.org. And FamilyDoctor.org says that as many as 2 out of 3 couples with normal fertility become pregnant if they observe the fertile time of the woman’s cycle.
Many Switch to NFP
Overall, disappointment with artificial means are often a reason why couples switch to NFP. Colleen Norman, quoted above, said that in her experience with NFP classes, “Many people who attend are casualties of other methods who welcome natural family planning as an escape to a better sexual relationship.”
There are also no religious objections to natural methods of birth control, and some couples even report that they experience spiritual growth by working in harmony with their bodies’ natural cycles.
Classes Offered by Life Choices Women’s Clinics
Women in Phoenix, AZ, as well as Peoria, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, Avondale and other cities can learn more about how their birth control works and about Natural Family Planning by contacting us. Armida, our family planning consultant, will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of different birth control methods. Reach her at 602-305-5100.
Natural Family Planning introductory sessions are offered. Call to make an appointment with Life Choices Women’s Clinics at 602-305-5100. For more information, go to http://www.lcwcaz.org.
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Life Choices Women's Clinics serves women in the Phoenix, AZ area with pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, well women exams, NaProTechnology infertility treatment, and natural family planning.