What are the benefits of using NFP? The benefits of suing NFP are beyond your imagination. Its use paves the pathway for a blessed and fruitful marriage. The USCCB website and One More Soul lists many of those benefits which can be found below. NFP is good for marriage!
Supports reproductive health
Has no harmful side effects
Is environmentally friendly
Cooperates with a couple's combined fertility
Is useful to either achieve or avoid pregnancy
Can be used throughout the reproductive life cycle
Requires shared responsibility and cooperation by husband and wife
Fosters mutual communication between husband and wife
Encourages respect for and acceptance of the total person
Promotes marital chastity
Values the child
Honors God's design for married love!
Is based on scientific research
Treats each fertility cycle as unique
Teaches a couple to observe their signs of fertility on a daily basis
Builds strong marriages
Is morally acceptable
Strengthens the marital bonding
Other benefits include:
Marriage enrichment and mutual understanding
Appreciation for the blessings of every child
Assistance in achieving pregnancy
Early identification of sub-fertility
Effectiveness for spacing or limiting pregnancy
Can be used throughout life, including postpartum, breast-feeding, and perimenopause.
In NFP both husband and wife are taught to understand and live God's design for married love—this will give them countless blessings! NFP methods promote a holistic approach to family planning which both respects procreation and has the potential to deepen the intimacy of husband and wife.
NFP methods support reproductive health. They are good for the body. The natural methods have none of the harmful side effects caused by contraception, especially chemical contraceptives (e.g., pill, injection, etc.). For the woman, NFP charting can even assist in the diagnosis of underlying medical problems. And, if a couple find they are having trouble conceiving, NFP information can help them pinpoint the most fertile time of the wife's cycle. NFP methods can be marriage strengthening. NFP relies on couple communication and behavior change. NFP methods require husband and wife to cooperate with each other in the most intimate area of their lives. During times of periodic sexual abstinence, husband and wife live a renewed courtship as they discover non-sexual ways to express their love for each other. On a practical level, husbands are encouraged to "tune into" their wives' cycles, and both spouses are encouraged to speak openly and frankly about their sexual desires, hopes for number of children, and prayerful discernment of God's will for their marriage. When living the NFP lifestyle, husband and wife learn that they have a shared responsibility for safeguarding God's gifts of human sexuality, marriage and family. They also grow in their understanding of God's will for their family size. NFP has the potential to make good marriages great!