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About the Methods

For Every Woman
Compatible for use by all women during regular or irregular cycles, breast feeding, post-partum, pre-menopause or after discontinuing contraceptives.

Effective
Has up to 99% effectiveness rate if properly learned and used according to instructions for avoiding or delaying pregnancy.

For Achieving Too
Assists couples trying to achieve pregnancy.

Safe
Has no medical side effects.

Inexpensive
No recurring costs after initial instruction other than charts, stamps, thermometers.

Builds Great Marriages
Designed to be a cooperative method of family planning between husband and wife as they learn to understand and responsibly use their combined fertility potential.

Morally Right
Is morally acceptable as it recognizes the inseparable elements of the unitive and pro-creative purposes of the marital embrace.


We Currently Offer the Following Methods (Español)

Natural Family Planning- all methods (NFP)

Natural Family Planning (NFP), also known as periodic abstinence, is an umbrella term to describe several methods to achieve or avoid pregnancy by monitoring signs of fertility and infertility present in women. Couples who wish to avoid pregnancy abstain from all sexual relations during the fertile phase of the cycle.

Compatible for use by all women whether they have regular or irregular cycles, are breast feeding, post-partum, pre-menopausal or are discontinuing hormonal contraceptives.

Daily observations of one or more of the observable biomarkers: cervical mucus, vaginal sensations, basal body temperatures, and cervical changes, are charted. Clients are taught to cross-check and interpret these signs to determine fertile and infertile phases in a cycle, and to follow rules for postponing or achieving pregnancy.

Different methods of NFP highlight different biomarkers of fertility. We are pleased to offer most of the major national NFP methods at the Diocese of Phoenix. You'll be able to read about each type and choose a full course of the method that seems just right for you! For marriage prep its important to know that an engaged couple takes their NFP classes together after attending God's Plan for Joy-filled Marriage. They are required to attend all classes and provide charts to their NFP Instructor for knowledge assessment.

Return/Refund Policy: Couples who need to make a change in their paid registration dates should call or email the Office of NFP to request a change in class registration. There is no fee to change class dates. Individuals requesting a refund of tuition fees, receive a complete refund less a $25 service fee.




Sympto-Thermal Method (ST)

For the Sympto-Thermal Method of NFP, observations are made daily of the biomarkers of: cervical mucus, vaginal sensation, basal body temperature, and optional cervical changes, and recorded with symbols on a chart. Clients are taught to cross-check and interpret these signs to determine fertile and infertile phases in a cycle, and the rules for postponing or achieving pregnancy.

The Diocese of Phoenix offers three options for instruction in the Sympto-Thermal Method of NFP. Each of these options involves guidance from a trained NFP instructor who will offer feedback as you learn and help you interpret your charts as you apply the rules to use Natural Family Planning. The first two options are group instruction with either parent company, Northwest Family Services' SymptoPro, or with our affiliates, Couple to Couple League International, whose certified instructors will share the class material via small group PowerPoint presentations, client-centered learning activities, and individual consultation for at least four sessions. After the formal classes are completed, follow-up meetings are scheduled to help provide client autonomy. Additional consultations are available as needed.

Another option is the online course completed entirely on the Internet as a self paced course. The only online course that is approved by the Diocese of Phoenix for marriage prep requirements is the Northwest Family Services' SymptoPro course which is monitored in Phoenix by Diocese of Phoenix NFP teachers.

All modes will connect you to a certified instructor that is assigned to you. Communication with your instructor is critical to the complete understanding and correct application of NFP in your life. It is your responsibility to stay in touch with your instructor.

NWFS SymptoPro Online Services: Individuals requesting a refund who have not logged into an online course within 30 days of enrollment in the course or started an in-person class receive a complete refund less a $10 service fee and a $10 restocking fee. Packets must be returned unused within 30 days as well. Contact Northwest Family Services to request this partial refund. After 30 days, please contact Office of NFP at the Diocese of Phoenix to request a partial refund.

Privacy Policy: Northwest Family Services in conjunction with the Diocese of Phoenix is committed to protecting the privacy of its users and customers, making your internet experience with us safe. The names and email addresses you give us are NOT sold for any type of solicitation.

NWFS websites operate secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protected systems. Any sensitive information, such as a customer's credit card number collected for a commerce transaction, is encrypted prior to transmission.




Creighton Model (CrMs)

Observations are made daily of the biomarkers of cervical mucus that are essential to a woman's health and fertility. These 'biomarkers" tell the couple when they are naturally fertile and infertile, allowing the couple to use the system either to achieve or to postpone pregnancy. These biomarkers also telegraph abnormalities in a woman's health. Group instruction is offered for the first class only. Individual, one hour long follow-ups are then scheduled for five more sessions. There is a $30 charge for additional follow up sessions, which includes a new chart and stamps, after full course is completed.

The Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMS) is built on research, education and service: an integrated educational system with gynecologic and procreative healthcare with medical consultants who are trained in NaproTechnology, a system especially helpful for couples suffering from infertility.




Family of the Americas Foundation Ovulation Method (FAF)

Observations are made daily of the biomarkers of cervical mucus and vaginal sensations. Following the Rules of this method and daily charting, the couple will recognize the beginning and the end of the fertile phase and necessary rules for avoiding or achieving pregnancy. It is not necessary to take waking temperature with this method of NFP. Group instruction is offered for the first class. Individual follow-ups are then scheduled for at least three more sessions or until clients are autonomous in their use of the method.

Our affiliate, Morning Star Ob/Gyn also offers FAF classes.




Billings Ovulation Method Association (BOMA)

Observations are made daily of the biomarkers of cervical mucus and vaginal sensations and are recorded daily by using a Billings Method chart and either stamps or symbols.

There are 4 rules to this method, and no temperature taking. Group instruction is offered for the first two classes. Individual follow-ups are then scheduled for at least two more sessions or until the clients are autonomous in their use of the method.