In this week’s episode Declan and Justin talk about the only Catholic Church approved method of family planning – Natural Family Planning (NFP)
NFP ain’t your grandma’s Rhythm Method. It’s a much more sophisticated (and scientific) method which involves tracking the Basal body temperature and cervical mucus patterns of the woman to determine her fertility time. If your goal is to get pregnant, you do the deed when she’s fertile, if your goal is to delay pregnancy, you hold off from having sex during that time.
Simple. Or is it?
Since Justin is in seminary, Declan guides the audience through some of the difficulties surrounding NFP and gives his reasoning why he believes the Catholic Church is correct in saying that NFP is the only true way a married couple can plan their family.
Listen to the episode
- What the heck is NFP
- This sounds like a church approved method of birth control, isn’t it the same thing?
- Although birth control and NFP have the same “end” in mind, they differ in terms of the “means” of achieving it.
- Contraception necessitates a step taken, a physical or chemical interference in the life-giving process of human sexuality.
- NFP or fertility awareness is using one’s knowledge of fertility to delay contraception via self-control
- Why is this a big deal?
- The truth about NFP: It’s hard