NFP is not magic. No matter what your pre-Cana instructor said, it’s not fairy dust you sprinkle on your marriage to make it happier, stronger, or longer-lasting. NFP can help you achieve or avoid pregnancy through tracking fertility signs, but if a marriage is troubled, NFP won’t fix it. It might even become the occasion for more problems.
NFP is also not guaranteed to give you the result you want. Some people, in some seasons, have an easy time. Some don’t. So, sometimes, babies come when you don’t expect them. Other times, babies don’t come when you do.
Here’s what NFP will do, though. It will help you understand your fertility, not suppress it. It will keep your body free of the cancer-causing hormones found in most forms of contraception. And it will allow you to love your spouse in a way that the Catholic Church says is in keeping with God’s design.
There’s one more thing NFP will do. And it’s the most important thing it did for me. It will shine a light on your soul, giving you the chance to see yourself—the good and bad—more clearly.
Chris and I used NFP to try to achieve pregnancy. I was the poster-child for perfect use. But no baby came. So, I tried harder. Still no baby.
Through it all, the light NFP shone on me got brighter and brighter. It highlighted my tendency to control, to dictate, to demand gifts from God. It underscored my lack of trust, my impatience, and my bad habit of getting angry when plans backfire. It showed me how stubborn and fearful and needy I really am.
NFP didn’t give me the baby I wanted. But using it helped me see myself clearly, with no filters. It also invited me to become better, to grow in virtue, trust, and holiness.
NFP provides the same opportunity for all. It will show you the parts of yourself you’d rather not see: the selfish, lustful, fearful, impatient, controlling, immature, proud, or vain parts. But, as it shows you that, it will also invite you to grow.
The seeing is hard. So hard. Which is why so many resent NFP. But if you say yes to the invitation that comes with the hard? If you ask God for the grace to do the work to which it calls you? You will never regret it.
💊THE PILL DOES NOT TREAT, FIX, OR CURE ANYTHING💊
I'm sure it's controversial to say that, but now I've said it so here goes...
There is a difference between identifying the ROOT CAUSE (underlying factor) that is causing a person to have symptoms (i.e. acne, painful periods, irregular bleeding, abnormal bleeding, amenorrhea, PMS symptoms, depression, anxiety, abdominal cramping, etc. etc.) and simply COVERING UP the symptoms with drugs — versus actually ADDRESSING IT 👍🏾
For the record, the pill is not a cure, and it does not fix anything
The pill masks symptoms, otherwise making it look like we have solved the problem when it's still there.
If a woman has irregular cycles, and is only getting her period every 2-3 months (for example), the pill will give her regular withdrawal bleeding EVERY 28 DAYS ... but did it solve the underlying problem that was causing her to have delayed ovulation?
When she is ready to get off the pill and start her family, she will be faced with the same issue — irregular periods, delayed ovulation — because the pill was only MASKING THE PROBLEM.
Now I know the pill offers relief for many women because it reduces the symptoms they were experiencing before. If you had acne, painful periods, severe PMS, irregular cycles (and the list goes on...) the pill can be a source of great relief.
As long as you understand that you have NOT addressed the real reason why you had these symptoms.
Your menstrual cycle (with regular ovulation) is a VITAL SIGN. When your cycle is off it's an indication of a deeper issue you should be paying attention to.
Taking the pill is like putting a piece of tape over your fire alarm when you have a grease fire burning in your kitchen.
You are simply silencing your #fifthvitalsign instead of paying attention to it.
What have you learned about your body by paying attention to your cycles? Let us know in the comments below!
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Today kicks off our National Natural Family Planning Awareness Week! This year’s #NFPweek theme is “Love, Naturally.” Check out our #NFP Week 2019 Sunday reflection from Fr. Paul Schenck here: https://bit.ly/2YcDdr4
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LET'S TALK ABOUT SPERM FOR A MOMENT SHALL WE?
Infertility is considered a woman's issue when 40-50% of the time MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY is at play.
I've worked with countless women who were told their partner's semen analysis results were normal, but when we went through them together they were well below optimal levels.
It happens ALL. THE. TIME.
There's a huge difference between the bare minimum required to perform a procedure like IUI or IVF (intrauterine insemination/in-vitro fertilization) versus what's OPTIMAL for natural conception.
Did you know that over the past 60 years the average man's sperm count has declined by about 60%? This is a global issue that is much bigger than your partner or your relationship. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If the decline continues at this rate the world will look very different in 50 years 😳😳😳
There is a huge disconnect happening here, and it's causing harm to couples who are trying to conceive.
The good news is that it is possible to dramatically improve sperm quality (and quantity).
In the Fifth Vital Sign I discuss evidence-based strategies to improve sperm including lifestyle changes (like reducing alcohol consumption, smoking, and EMF exposure) as well as dietary and supplements that are known to improve sperm parameters (zinc, folate, CoQ10, and many more).
What if we considered a man's sperm analysis a marker of overall health, similar to a woman's menstrual cycle?
If you're trying to conceive, have you had your partner's sperm tested? Let us know in the comments below!
And have a listen to this episode with @the_fertility_expert
for more information: fertilityfriday.com/134
Happy 7 year anniversary with the love of my life @brooksilg ❤️ I never get tired of this photo ✊ We're not together today to celebrate, but tomorrow we will meet in Paris, so I'm not mad about it 😉
P.S. this is also how we feel about our 7 year FAMiversary of using natural birth control 😂👩❤️💋👨❤️
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I was going to wait until next week to announce this but who am I kidding, I am SO excited I just can’t. I never thought I’d be so excited to go to Albany, but here’s why I am.
Whether you know me in real life or you know me online, I think everyone is aware just how obsessed I am with Natural Family Planning. Hubs and I practice the Creighton Method and we absolutely love it.
Not only does NFP empower women to truly understand their body, it also gives helps couples avoid or achieve pregnancy responsibly, while upholding the dignity of the woman and the couple in accordance with the way God designed.
I could go on and on about the benefits of practicing NFP on your marriage, about how it increases communication, fosters a sense of unity, minimizes the divorce rate down to almost nothing, helps women diagnose any fertility related health issues... Not to mention it’s SUPER effective and backed with tons of science & research. More on that later.
Ever since I first heard about NFP years ago, I couldn’t wait to start practicing it myself. The moment I stared learning and using NFP, I felt it so strong on my heart to one day be able to teach others this incredible practice.
NOWS THAT TIME! God provided this unreal opportunity that made me 1000% certain that He wanted me to do this. Next week I fly up to spend a week in Albany to become trained as a Creighton Model Fertility Care Practitioner! EEEEEEEKKK!!
That means as soon as I get home after training I can begin teaching NFP for real! Instead of just talking how amazing it is, I’m going to actually learn everything that goes into it to be able to empower women and couples to practice Natural Family Planning. I couldn’t be more excited about this. So much more on this to come. Wow, God is good💛🙌🏼
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From the entire Mobilise family we're wishing @claudiakuhar safe travels & best wishes as she heads off on her next adventure ✈
It's been a massive blessing to have Clauds on board as our social media & marketing manager over the past year 📲
She's done consistently amazing work to help us grow the movement and it's with a heavy heart that we say goodbye.
Thanks for everything and we'll see you soon ❤
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