The Benefits of Using NFP

Shared Fertility

Culturally, women still typically bear the majority of the responsibility for family planning. It is often expected that women will take the necessary steps to avoid pregnancy and their husbands may have little input into or responsibility for their family planning.

With NFP, both spouses are taught to understand the nature of fertility and work with it, either to plan a pregnancy or to avoid one. Couples who practice NFP share responsibility for family planning because they make the decision to make love or abstain together.

Greater Communication

NFP can be used as a tool to increase communication between husbands and wives because it encourages open conversations about their sexual desires and desired family size. Every fertility cycle is an opportunity to revisit the conversation together.

Stronger Marriages

Several studies have reported the divorce rate for NFP users to be between 1-5% (123) instead of the average societal rate of 50%

Greater Appreciation

Many couples who use NFP say that periodic abstinence (about 7-10 days per cycle) actually increases their appreciation for one another. The abstinence tends to have a “honeymoon effect,” causing couples to anticipate being sexually intimate in the future.

Increased Romance

Having a time each month when sexual expression is to be avoided also helps couples learn to express their love for one another in non-sexual ways. This is why NFP can cultivate greater romance between spouses and help them rediscover why they fell in love in the first place.

Increased Intimacy

NFP can encourage greater intimacy between spouses because it enables that “one-flesh union” God intends sex to be. With NFP, there is nothing between you — no latex, no chemicals, nothing. You are able to give your spouse the total gift of yourself and receive the total gift of your spouse, with nothing held back.

Greater Sexual Self-Mastery and Maturity

When a couple postpones the pleasure of being together for the greater good of each other, their children, or other family members who may need their care, they are practicing discipline, virtue, and self-mastery. The ability to temporarily sacrifice one’s personal desires for the good of another is a sign of emotional and spiritual maturity.