Positive Options for Couples with Fertility Problems

The use of medical science and technology to overcome fertility problems is not wrong provided that the methods of reproductive technology show proper reverence for human life, the unity of marriage and human procreation.

 Natural Fertility

Natural Fertility teaches a woman or couple to accurately identify the time of ovulation in each of their own cycles and how to use this information to achieve or avoid a pregnancy. There are a variety of services and methods available which will be suitable for different couples depending on their needs.  

CatholicCare Natural Fertility Services

Natural Fertility Services is a non-government organisation which aims to educate the general public in fertility awareness. The organisation trains its members to promote, teach and supervise the application of fertility awareness as the basis for natural family planning methods to avoid or achieve a pregnancy. Web www.natfamplan.com.au
Phone 1800 114 010

Billings Ovulation Method

The Billings Ovulation Method is used by millions of women around the world. It was developed by Drs John and Evelyn Billings, validated by eminent international scientists and successfully trialled by the World Health Organisation. By learning to identify natural signals of fertility, the Billings Ovulation Method can be used to become pregnant or avoid pregnancy and to safeguard your reproductive health. Web www.thebillingsovulationmethod.org
Phone 1800 335 860

Fertility Care

FertilityCare combines natural fertility awareness with a medical treatment program (NaProTechnology) to help people reach full procreative health. This can be used successfully by married couples having difficulties achieving a pregnancy, married couples who have experienced miscarriages or ectopic pregnancy, women wishing to care for their own gynaecological health, and couples wanting to learn about their fertility and plan their families. A medical interpretation of the woman’s chart can itself give valuable clues in the diagnosis of fertility and women’s health problems. Web www.fertilitycare.com.au

An infertility treatment program is aimed at maximising the chances of conceiving naturally while on treatment, maintaining a pregnancy to full term, and helping to care for your fertility in the long term. Treatment plans can include:

  • the use of natural hormones and other medications to correct any hormonal/ovulatory disturbances. 
  • surgery to correct any physical problems (eg blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, adhesions) 
  • medical and/or surgical treatment for male infertility 
  • other techniques using NaProTechnology


Adoption is another positive option for couples who are unable to conceive. Adoption demonstrates how generosity of spirit and self-giving love can build loving, open and supportive relationships out of difficult and often tragic, personal circumstances.  

“To adopt a child is a great work of love. When it is done, much is given, but much is also received. It is a true exchange of gifts.” (John Paul II, Address to Adoptive Families, September 2000.)

Fidelity to God’s design for life and love undoubtedly places a heavy burden on some Catholic couples who are unable to conceive naturally. It is a sad reality that some couples will not be blessed with children of their own. No one should take their suffering lightly.  They are close to the heart of God and his Church, and their vocation to marriage and family remains a great gift to the Church and society.  Indeed, in an age where scientific ‘solutions’ are often sought at the expense of human values, the decision to not use ethically problematic reproductive technologies makes these couples authentically pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-child.


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