Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term that encompasses different methods to achieve or avoid pregnancy. These methods are based on the symptoms that signal the different phases in a woman's cycle of fertility.

This page contains resources for couples who wish to learn more about NFP.

Natural Family Planning (NFP) respects the body

Natural family planning (NFP) methods which track a woman's signs of fertility in order to help a married couple better understand fertility. These methods enable couples to plan intercourse in order to achieve or avoid pregnancy.  The beneifts of NFP include the following:

  • Natural; uses no drugs chemicals or devices

  • 97-99% effective used correctly safe, natural and effective using no drugs, chemicals or devices

  • Increases knowledge of and respect for fertility

  • Fosters communication between spouses

Overview of NFP methods

There are many NFP resources and methods out there. Here in the Archdiocese of Seattle, we have teachers for three of the most popular methods: the Sympto-Thermal method (STM), Creighton Model Fertility Care System and Billings Ovulation Method.

For a comprehensive comparison of the different NFP methods, visit this page.

Regional NFP Teachers

Ready to try Natural Family Planning? Finding an instructor is an important part of your NFP journey. One method might work better for you than another, so we are pleased to have instructors for a variety of NFP methods. Many of our instructors offer remote instruction or focus their practice in a specific area of fertility. Reach out and get a conversation started!

All our instructors listed have their method certifications on file with the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Are you an NFP instructor in the Archdiocese of Seattle? 

If you would like to be included in our list of Regional NFP Teachers, please contact Carlos Carrillo at (206) 654-4644 or