LFM

Natural Fertility Awareness

Conforming to God’s design, natural fertility methods are effective and morally acceptable means of controlling fertility which also benefit marriages and women’s health.

Couples are taught to identify the signs of a woman’s fertile and infertile phases of the ovulation cycle, so that they can time intercourse to either avoid, or try to achieve, conception. When couples understand and are motivated to follow them, modern natural fertility methods are up to 99% successful in spacing or limiting births. Because they are not based on the probability of fertility (like the old ‘rhythm’ or ‘calendar’ methods) but on the detection of the signs of fertility they can also be used successfully by any woman, even if she has irregular cycles, is breast feeding, or is pre-menopausal.

Using natural fertility methods to space pregnancies for a just reason is different from using contraception. A couple using a natural method chooses to abstain from potentially fertile acts of intercourse, while a contracepting couple chooses to sterilise fertile acts of intercourse. Unlike the couple who use a natural method, the contracepting couple does something to change the meaning of their sex, preventing them from being fully open to one another and to the possibility of new life.

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