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!

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.


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.

St. Martin de Porres Church Parish Center
19767 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Taught by Louise Allard on Saturdays. For more information, please download brochure or call 714-970-2771.



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
Paz Esqueda-


Learn the Billings Ovulation Method of NFP Online – 3-part video series for $49 offered through the Archdiocese of Chicago

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.



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 or 562-377-5877
Sean and Pam Tupy at 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.

Introductory Sessions provided at the following locations:

Catholic Charities of Orange County FertilityCare Center
1820 E. 16th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Contact Marianne Dyogi, FertilityCare Practitioner for more information: or 714-803-4775. Website:

St. John the Baptist Church
1015 Baker Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
For more information or to RSVP for an introductory session, please contact Dulce Carmona
Phone:  714-540-2214 (office)  714-272-7811 (cell)

St. Joseph Church
717 N. Bradford Ln.
Placentia, CA 92870
Free Introductory Sessions
(sessions start at 7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 11, Tuesday
Nov. 5, Monday

Jan. 8, Tuesday
March 11, Monday
May 14, Tuesday

Meetings are held in Parish Office Meeting Rooms 3-4.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Samantha Aronson at or 909-270-7336.

* New online webex sessions now available! 

St. Norbert Catholic Church
300 E Taft Ave
Orange, CA 92865
Contact: Alyson del Hierro, FCP
Phone: 714-872-3740


Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABM) – NFP methods tell us what is going on with the hormones that drive a woman’s menstrual cycle: when she is fertile or infertile. At the heart of Fertility Awareness is knowledge. This knowledge helps women better understand their individual hormonal cycle and evaluate lifestyle factors or disease that may negatively influence fertility.

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

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

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

Individual referrals of couples and single women for Fertility Awareness services are offered via Skype or in person – English and Spanish. Contact Virginia Schoenfeld, Ph.D. at 949-584-1942 or by email at  – Active Member of the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) and the California Association of Natural Family Planning (CANFP), Billing Ovulation Method Teacher in Training.


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.

  • St John Neumann Church in Irvine – SymptoPro
    Winter Session includes 3 in-person classes on Wednesdays from 7:00-9:30 p.m. on February 13, March 6, and April 10, 2019, taught by certified instructors. Cost is $100. See flyer for more information or please contact:
    Kerry Ann Caswell at
    Debi Hoppe at
  •  Northwest Family Services –   A self-paced online program. $145.00