Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”


-Pope St. John Paul the Great


Natural Family Planning (NFP) is the all natural way of deciding how many children you will have and how far apart they will be spaced that is in keeping with the teaching of the Catholic Church. When done correctly, NFP can be as effective as artificial contraception. For many years, doctors and researchers have been studying a woman’s body to see how her hormones, temperature, and fluids respond to different stages of her monthly cycle. By knowing how a woman’s body works optimally,  a couple use that information to determine their own fertility.

NFP at St. Max:

Please join us for a series of classes on March 17, April 21 and May 19. All classes will be held from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM in the youth room.  The cost  is $105 plus $30 for the course kit, however is offered FREE for registered parishioners, contact the parish office for the promo code. Free babysitting is available - please register your children by emailing

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4 most common forms of NFP:

  1. Sympto-thermal – this is the form of NFP that we will be teaching at St. Max. As with most forms, the woman’s body temperature and cervical mucus are charted each day to determine days of fertility and days of infertility. Each month, the husband and wife communicate to determine whether they will invite conception or whether they abstain until an infertile day. Each day, the wife takes her temperature and checks her cervical mucus. She reports her findings to her husband who notates them on the chart. Learn more and find additional classes in the area at
  2. Creighton Method – Creighton model NFP is a system that uses the observation of a woman’s cervical mucous to determine times of fertility with the goal of attaining or avoiding a pregnancy. It is also used to identify if there are any hormonal imbalances shown in a woman’s cycle that could point toward medical issues such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, unexplained infertility and many others. Because of it’s diagnostic nature, it works hand in hand with NaPro technology to use effective and ethical means of treating, and in some cases curing, these hormonal imbalances. Learn more at and 
  3. Billings Ovulation Method – The consistency of cervical mucus is used to determine oncoming ovulation. Learn more at  
  4. Marquette Method – this method uses the Clear Blue Easy fertility device and over the counter ovulation kits to determine fertility. In addition to a woman’s urine, cervical mucus and basal body temperature are also used to determine a woman’s fertile period during her monthly cycle.

Ministry Contacts

Dave & Jen Brunsman
(818) 983-9901