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 Natural Family Planning (NFP)


Family Life

A Resource Guide for Natural Family Planning

In Amoris Laetita (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis tells us: “Thus the Creator made man and woman share in the work of his creation and, at the same time, made them instruments of his love, entrusting, to them the responsibility for the future of mankind, through the transmission of human life” 89  Relatio Finalis 2015, 63
For general information contact:
English: Candy Metoyer M.A.; 213.637.7250
Spanish: Graciela Villalobos; 213.637.7561
Intro / Overview:

Natural Family Planning is an educational program that helps couples plan the size of their families. It teaches them to observe, record and interpret female body changes related to ovulation. With this knowledge, couples can identify the fertile and infertile phases in the woman's menstrual cycle.

Effective Method:

Today's Natural Family Planning methods are accurate and precise. They have been developed by medical researchers who have a comprehensive understanding of human biology and fertility. These fertility awareness methods use the daily observation of signs and symptoms reflecting the hormonal changes within a woman's menstrual cycle. By learning to interpret these signals, couples can avoid, postpone or achieve pregnancy.

Women can use Natural Family Planning during their entire fertile years. These methods work for women with irregular as well as regular menstrual cycles, after childbirth, during breast-feeding and nearing menopause.

Supporting Natural Family Planning:

The Office of Family Life is committed to providing parishes with support and resources to promote Natural Family Planning.

  • Provide parishes with NFP brochures with contact information for certified teachers
  • Support Certified NFP teachers with enrichment and advertisement
  • Assist parishes with Natural Family Planning Week
  • Provide parishes with a NFP DVD at no charge for their couples to view
  • Connect NFP teachers with parishes
  • Online Resource nfp.png

Brochure (Methods and Teachers)

Archdiocese of Los Angeles Natural Family Planning Teachers:

Church approved methods of Natural Family Planning:
Methods Practiced in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:
Billings Ovulation Method Association-USA

Couple to Couple League International

Family of the Americas Foundation

Fertility Care Centers of America

Additional Natural Family Planning Methods:
Marquette University, Institute of NFP

NFP International

Northwest Family Services

Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction

WOOMB International

More information on each NFP provider at USCCB

  • DVD: Plan your Family Naturally: An Introduction to Natural Family Planning (DVD);  For more information please contact Candy Metoyer;; (213) 637-7250
  • DVD: NFP video series, "Marital Love and Responsible Parenthood" by Goya Productions is now available in English and in Spanish a
  • Pamphlet: NFP Natural Family Planning; Publication #9521, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops;
  • Pamphlet: An Introduction to Natural Family Planning; Publication 9921; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 
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