Natural Family Planning


Natural Family Planning (NFP) is the general title for the scientific, natural and moral methods of family planning that can help married couples either achieve or postpone pregnancy. It is not contraception.

NFP methods are based on the observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy. Since the methods of NFP respect the love-giving (unitive) and life-giving (procreative) nature of the conjugal act, they support God’s design for married love!

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. 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. The natural methods have none of the harmful side effects caused by contraception, especially chemical contraceptives (e.g. pill, injection, etc.). NFP methods can be marriage strengthening because it relies on couple communication and behavior change. When living the NFP lifestyle, husband and wife learn that they have a shared responsibility for safeguarding God’s gift 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 a good marriage great!

The Diocese of Orange strongly recommends that engaged couples take at least a basic introductory course on NFP in preparation for marriage.

Natural Family Planning (NFP), also known as Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABM), come in several varieties. You must take a full course to learn a specific method to practice NFP. In the Diocese of Orange, instructors for the following methods are available (scroll below to see local instructor information):

  • Mucus-only methods utilize observations of biomarkers during the different phases of the menstrual cycle, specifically changes in the color and consistency of cervical mucus.
    • Billings Ovulation Method 
    • Creighton Model 
    • FEMM Health 
  • The sympto-thermal method (STM) is based on the observations of cervical fluid, basal body temperature (waking temperature) and biological signs (i.e. changes in the cervix).
    • Couple to Couple League 
    • Sympto-Pro Fertility Education 

Wondering what NFP method might be best for you? Check out this “Method Matcher” tool from Fertility Science Institute to help you narrow down your options!

Check out the “Charting Toward Intimacy” podcast, sponsored by the Diocese of Oakland to expand the NFP conversation. Launched in July 2020, host Ellen Holloway brings real stories as well as deep theological discussions about Natural Family Planning. New episodes posted every other Monday.

For more information on Natural Family Planning, please see the USCCB website.

For a better understanding on why Natural Family Planning differs from contraception, please view this article by Pope John Paul II.

Catholic Couples NFP (CCNFP) promotes and offers free Natural Family Planning (NFP) instruction to couples in English and in Spanish. Remote learning options are also available.

CCNFP brochure Final English side
CCNFP brochure final Spanish side

The first class consists of a two-hour Introduction to the Billings Ovulation Method. The couple must attend together. The Intro begins at 10:30 am and ends at 12:30 pm. The three other classes consist of fifteen minutes follow-up to review charting and the use of the BOM. Follow-up sessions are offered monthly between 12:30 till 1:15 pm, on a first-come, first served basis.

Couples are asked to attend four (4) classes consecutively. All classes are taught by a certified instructor over a 4-month period and are designed to fully acquaint couples in the use of the Billings Method of Natural Family Planning. NFP is simple, natural & effective in planning or postponing pregnancy, and is fully accepted by the Catholic Church. Open to all engaged and married couples.

Contact Louise Allard at 714-970-2771.

Learn the Billings Ovulation Method of NFP Online – 3-part video series for $49 offered by The Marriage Group

This online learning experience, combined with three months of complimentary access to the Fertility Pinpoint charting application, is designed to bring women and couples up to speed about Natural Family Planning. You will gain a clear understanding of the science and “how-to” regarding the Billings Ovulation Method, followed by the opportunity to actually put the method to work for yourself.

Some couples choose to connect with a certified fertility coach for one-on-one instruction after completing this online course. Hundreds of coaches, certified in the Billings Ovulation Method of NFP, are located throughout the world. Fees for one-on-one instruction vary because the costs are generally set by each individual coach. Fees commonly range from $75—225 USD.

Website: (en Español)


Las clases en español son ofrecidas de manera personal o en línea. Las parejas primero recibirán una orientación sobre los diferentes métodos de Planificación familiar Natural con base científica al final del cual podrán decidir por el método natural de su conveniencia.

El curso del Método de Ovulación Billings consiste en cinco sesiones con un total de 6 horas. Al final de la 5ta sesión, la pareja estará lista para continuar usando el método de manera independiente, sin embargo, se darán sesiones adicionales a su solicitud.

Para las clases en línea la pareja requiere tener una computadora o laptop en casa con internet y tendrá acceso a una pagina web para hacer sus registros e interactuar con la instructora.

Para información sobre de las clases:
Gervaci y Cecilia Medina, Instructores Certificados BOMA-USA
714-396-9117 o 714-926-8295
[email protected]
Paz Esqueda- [email protected]

CCL provides Natural Family Planning (NFP) instruction that is both thorough and engaging. You’ll learn the Sympto-Thermal Method, a modern, scientific and highly effective way to postpone or achieve pregnancy. With the guidance of a certified teaching couple, you and your fiancé or spouse will benefit from both their knowledge of the method and experience of using NFP in their own marriage. No matter which form of our class you select, you will receive our first-rate program and ongoing support while learning and beyond. CCL offers Live Onsite, Live Online, and Self Paced Online classes. The live course consists of three classes spaced approximately a month apart. For more information please click here to visit the CCLI website or contact:

Beth and Greg Gath at [email protected] or 562-377-5877 (Long Beach)
Sean and Pam Tupy at [email protected] or 949-375-1803
St. Edward the Confessor Parish, Dana Point

The Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMS) and the new woman’s health science of NaProTechnology (Natural Procreative Technology) are available to women who want to understand their menstrual and fertility cycles. Married couples can use the system to plan their families naturally, as the CrMS can be used both to achieve and avoid pregnancy. All women can use the system to monitor their reproductive health. CrMS can be used in many reproductive categories and is “tailor-made” for any situation: regular cycles, long cycles, anovulatory states, pregnancy, breastfeeding, post-pill, pre-menopause, etc.Learning the Creighton Model FertilityCare System begins with an Introductory Session that explains the scientific foundations, methodology, application to various reproductive categories, and how to NaProTrack your cycles with the CrMS. This continues with a series of essential, individualized follow-up teaching appointments (personal instruction on use of the system and complete chart review). At each private follow-up, the FertilityCare Practitioner tailors the system to each client’s specific needs.

Local instructors:

Contact: Marianne Dyogi, FCP
Phone: 714-803-4775
e-mail: [email protected]

Contact: Alyson del Hierro, FCP
Phone: 714-872-3740
e-mail: [email protected]

Madison Griego, FCP
Location: Virtual only
e-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 714-745-443

FEMM is a comprehensive women’s health and wellness program for optimal reproductive health. It uses a simple approach to cervical fluid, similar to the Billings method, with the addition of LH monitoring. Although the method training program is not yet officially approved by the USCCB, the materials can be delivered consistently with Catholic teaching. The Diocese of Orange Office for Family is preparing to provide this method training in alignment with Church teaching, hopefully in the summer of 2024.

Have questions or interested in learning FEMM through a Catholic lens? Contact Linda Ji at [email protected].


FEMM is a comprehensive women’s health and wellness program for optimal reproductive health.

For a limited time only: The Office for Family Life is offering FEMM Family Planning classes at no cost to practice clients through January 2024 while Linda Ji, Director of the Office for Family Life, is training toward FEMM teacher certification at this time. Virtual or in-person sessions at the Pastoral Center are available.

Practice clients are required to be:

  • Adult women
  • Not pregnant
  • Not exclusively breastfeeding
  • Not on hormonal birth control/copper IUD

Practice clients will:

  • Do 3 FEMM education sessions with a teacher-in-training
  • Utilize a paper chart, app chart, and LH tests
  • Chart DAILY for at least 3 full cycles – menses to menses (for most women this is a 4-5 month commitment)
  • Share charts and ask questions with your FEMM teacher-in-training

Have questions or interested in being a practice client? Contact Linda Ji at [email protected] by January 5, 2024


Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABM) – Understanding women’s fertility with a “natural lens” is very important for a woman’s health. NFP methods are tools that help women understand their reproductive health as well as tools for family planning. At the heart of FABM is educating women to have greater awareness of their hormonal cycles and monitoring the effects of lifestyle factors, disease or stress which are known to negatively influence health and fertility health.

Fertility Awareness presentations are offered at various parishes upon request for engaged couples, Women health fairs, parents, teens, retreats, etc. These are offered in English and Spanish at various parishes and quarterly at:

Mission Basilica Pastoral Center
31520 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA

St. Edward’s The Confessor – in Dana Point, CA

Our Lady of Fatima Church – in San Clemente, CA
Fertility Awareness and NFP classes are ongoing. Contact Dr. Schoenfeld for more information.

Virginia Schoenfeld, PhD is an active Member of the Catholic Medical Association (CMA), the California Association of Natural Family Planning (CANFP) and the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science (FACTS). Contact at 949-584-1942 or by email at [email protected]

Dr. Schoenfeld is offering Fertility Education and Medical Management (FEMM) Method training. Dr Schoenfeld is in the process of becoming FEMM Method certified and is accepting no cost referrals during her FEMM Teaching Practicum.

SymptoPro Fertility Education is a highly effective, scientifically based method of natural family planning that can be used throughout a woman’s entire reproductive life to either postpone or achieve pregnancy. Regular cycles are NOT required. SymptoPro is a Sympto-Thermal Method of education based on changes in cervical fluid, waking body temperature, and changes in the cervix. After charting these observations, the couple interprets the chart and makes decisions on their family planning intention.