Family Planning

Sexual intimacy is interpersonal communion which is both unitive (love-giving) and procreative (life-giving). In harmony with the Church's teaching on human sexuality, Natural Family Planning (NFP) does not artificially separate these components of marital intimacy. NFP is an umbrella term for certain natural methods used either to achieve or postpone pregnancy. The practice of NFP is in accord with the faithful, fruitful, and permanent nature of marriage, and with every couple's call to responsible parenthood.

NFP respects the natural rhythms of the body and promotes shared responsibility for childbearing between husband and wife. Couples learn to identify and appreciate the signs of fertility in their own bodies. They monitor the signs of the woman's body during her menstrual cycle to determine times of fertility and infertility. It is effective in helping to achieve as well as to postpone pregnancy. It is holistic and free of harmful side effects and allows users to work with the body rather than against it. It encourages couples to be open to the gift of children and to cooperate with God's plan for a loving and fruitful marriage.

An introduction to NFP is part of our Regional Marriage Preparation Program, as required by the Marriage Preparation Policy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For classes on how to practice NFP (taught by experienced instructors), and any further questions, please contact the Family Life Office at 215-587-5639.( from the Family Life office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia)

Natural Family Planning

Philadelphia Natural Family Planning Network - a ministry for persons dedicated to the promotion of Natural Family Planning (NFP). The site also has a series of videos explaining the difference between NFP and contraception.

The Natural Family Planning Information Site
- Information about Natural Family Planning: what it is, how it works, and why people want to use it.

NFP Outreach - a comprehensive clearinghouse for accurate, practical, up-to-date information on Natural Family Planning, its practice, its effectiveness, its benefits and its underlying moral principles.

How To Ruin Your Marriage With NFP
- Using NFP can strengthen your marriage, but that doesn't happen automatically. A common sense look at using NFP wisely.

Couple to Couple League - an international, Catholic, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and teaching fertility awareness (natural family planning) to married and engaged couples

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
- The USCCB site about NFP
Artificial Contraception

The Church's reasoning in rejecting artificial contraception was most clearly laid out by Pope Paul VI in the encyclical Humanae Vitae.(Human Life)

A selection of articles explaining the principles and applications of Humanae Vitae can be found here

An audio presentation by Father Frank Pavone on Why Contraception Is Wrong

Medical Dangers of Artificial Contraceptives
Side effects of birth control pills can include breast cancer(increased risk 170% - 480% ), cervical cancer(increased risk 40-340%, ), blood clots(increased risk 120-300% ), infertility, and birth defects.Also, the oral contraceptive pill has been linked to stroke, pelvic inflammatory disease, ulcerative colitis, liver cell cancer, heart attacks, high blood pressure, depression, decreased libido, thrush and increased incidence of viral and bacterial infections in users (due to decreased immune response).
Articles

- Is Birth Control Safe for My Body?
from Revolution Of Love

- Side Effects Of The Pill
from The Dangers Of Contraception

- How The Pill Kills Women
from The Pill Kills