|Natural Family Planning Resources
We (Oneida County, NY CCL Chapter) will NOT ship you any of this stuff; please contact the vendors directly. You can order books from stores or on-line by their ISBN number. Oh yes, a lot of these links get moved and we don't get around to updating them, so go to the home page of the organization or vendor, and search around on their site.
" The Art of Natural Family Planning" by J. Kippley (Couple to Couple League Press) 529 pp.
4th Edition, 1996, US $19.95 Postpaid
Dewey 613.9434; ISBN 0-9601036-4-3. Check the CCL Web site under "basic materials" or call (800) 745-8252 ( order line only ).
Charting software for
Ovulation Method, $15 download. This doesn't
interpret your chart, just lets you record and compare 6 cycles.
use, computerized temperature recording gadgets. However, they
apparently use only the temperature sign, so it seems that long periods
of abstinence in phase 1 would be required for effective pregnancy
postponement. The failure rate is claimed to be better than 1%, typical
of temp only NFP. For pregnancy achievement, the temperature just tells
you that you're too late, so this would seem pointless and frustrating.
Other problems with them are the cost: $376 for the Lady, $547 for the
Baby. That would buy a lot of thermometers and chart paper.
The Bible and Birth Control by Charles D. Provan
published by Zimmer Printing, 410 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063. Available from CCL . Why the Protestants were against contraception, and passed laws against it. Luther, Calvin, Wesley, and dozens more quoted here. See our Theology Page for a similar short article under "The Christian Tradition".
and Natural Child Spacing " 4th edition (1999) by
Matgen Kippley, 212 pages (CCL) ISBN 0-926412-20-5
Some of this is in the Art of NFP above, but this new edition covers the subject most thoroughly. It belongs in every LaLeche League library. Sheila got an LLL award for it. Yes, breastfeeding DOES space babies (IF you do it right), and you can go right into practicing NFP, after an average 14 months of infertility. See our NFP Primer and Breastfeeding page for basic Lactation Amenorrhea info.
Sexual Ethics: A
Summmary, Explanation and Defense . Updated by
Lawler O.F.M. Cap., Joseph Boyle Jr., & William E. May.
Sunday Visitor ,
2nd edition, 1998.
is coherent and
extremely thoughful and only costs $9.95." ----Jean Gaes
"By the way the Catholic ethics book is really great....was very impressed with the explanation of the teachings" --Online NFP student
CCL Home Study Course , $79.95 postpaid.
Yes, you can learn it at home, easily. The content is the same as the CCL classes, and you can go at your own pace and convenient time & place, but you have to mail in your questions and charts. You can also go to any local class sessions for free, and write/FAX/e-mail/phone any Teaching Couple (or CCL) with questions. This is a good option even if classes are nearby, but at a bad time. It includes charts, electronic basal thermometer, book, other goodies, all you need to learn & practice NFP, plus a year's membership in CCL and their magazine.
Windows 3.1 & up. By Family of the Americas Foundation (FAF).
Helps you chart and checks rules for the Ovulation Method (there is no temperature crosscheck). It's $19.95 and you can download it as shareware from their Web page: http://upbeat.com/family/om.html . It assumes some familiarity with the OM.
Clear Plan Easy $179 & up (plus replacement indicator strips, about $18/month). Available in many local drug stores. A pee-on-a-stick hormone tester for identifying fertile times, In the USA, it's not approved for avoiding pregnancy (probably because it doesn't work so well by itsself), but a similar unit in Europe is sold for that purpose. It doesn't confirm ovulation, and false readings could be a problem, but it's easy to use.
work has shown that this and other hormone testers (like Persona) can
be of use in helping NFP users identify the fertile time. Some Clinical
data from Dr. Michael Zinaman (Loyola University -
Chicago) on the Clearplan Easy Fertility Monitor:
1. CPEFM provides a 99% accurate detection of the LH surge
2. CPEFM will give the majority of women 1-5 days warning of their Peak Fertility through monitoring of E3G
3. CPEFM will typically detect 6 days of High and Peak Fertility
4. From cycle 2 onwards, 80% of users only needed to do 10 tests per cycle
If you want to learn more about the use of the Clearplan monitor with NFP go to http://www.marquette.edu/nursing/nfp/ .
Cyclewatch is a shareware Sympto-Thermal charting app which got 4 stars from ZDnet. It is sold for avoiding pregnancy also, but no guarantees or claims of accuracy are made. From Wimoweh Software.
Der persönliche Zyklus der Frau ("A woman's personal cycle") in German
Von der Vorpubertät bis in die Wechseljahre. Josef Rötzer, MD.
Preis: DM 36,00 EUR 18,41
Taschenbuch - 256 Seiten (1999)
Herder, Freibg.; ISBN: 345126885X
Versandfertig in 2 bis 3 Werktagen.
Dr. Roetzer in Austria is one of the pioneers of the Sympto-Thermal Method and founded INER, which teaches NFP in Germany.
Planning The Natural Way ,
by Dr. Josef Roetzer is
a book we've heard about but can't track down. Dr.
Roetzer is Austrian and on the medical advisory board of CCL,
contributing one of our rules. Amazon
might have a
copy. The German original is titled NATURLICHE
, Der partnerschaftliche Weg, Issued by Herder, Vienna, 1994.
There have been French and Polish editions.
2000 , for Windows 95-98. $40. Clark Consultants,
10th Ave., Miami FL
This is a full STM charting program that follows CCL rules, and gives CCL members a discount. If you try it, let us know.
"The Fertility Awareness Handbook" by Barbara Kass-Annese and Hal C. Danzer, 1986. Printed Matter, PO box 15246, Atlanta GA. ISBN 0-89793-096-7 Another mystery. Have you read it? Write us.
by Marilyn M. Shannon
Third Edition, 216 pp., 2001 (CCL Press) $12.95 from the CCL Bookstore under "nutrition"
Dewey 612.32 ISBN 0-926412-09-4
An excellent book for self-treatment of irregular or problem cycles, PMS, infertility, etc. Based on medical studies and successful treatments. This is the most popular book in our Chapter's lending library, and we keep one next to the computer for answering e-mails. Some of this information has been included in "The Art of NFP", but this continues where the other book leaves off. If you have anything funny going on, you need this. More info on this book, and some articles on this topic, at the CCL site. The third edition has a new appendix but it's more useful than your appendix. The cover is Pepto-Bismol/Barbie pink, so you can find it when you need it..
"Fertility, Fertility Awareness & NFP", 2nd ed., 1996, by Elizabeth Chubb, David & Charles, Pub., $13.80. ISBN 0715304240 Soft Cover, 192 pages. Available in US and Australia from www.opengroup.com
Australia/NZ: A$27.00 Other Countries: US$16.50
" A fully comprehensive source of authoritative information on understanding and using natural family planning", says the publisher. (In 192 pages??)...This book has no large fan club that we know of.
Fertility Friend is a place where you can get chart interpretations and post charts on-line for others to see. Although mainly for those trying to conceive, it has a lot of good info on fertility awareness, such as this page telling you how to observe symptoms in great detail.
$95 from NFP Software, Inc. in Clarks Summit, PA. A DOS-based Sympto-Thermal Method
According to their data, it conforms well to CCL and LifeCycle
interpretation. The debate is unsettled among CCL folks whether these
software programs are of any use, so if you try it let us know.
Electric Medical Systems : their newer 4D imaging ultrasound
machines help "bring good things to life" by showing pregnant women
that the child inside them is a real human being, something abortion
providers do NOT want them to know.
(On the other
hand, ultrasounds are relatively useless to NFP users, who know
precisely when they got pregnant, and how far along they are.)
News about Sex
& Marriage , Answers to
Your Honest Questions
about Catholic Teaching
Christopher West, Servant Publications, Ann Arbor, Michigan : (email@example.com)
Available from CCL among other places, a highly regarded, easy reading book. Chris is also available for talks and seminars on the book, based on Pope JP II's Theology of the Body. If he's in town don't miss him! The Gift Foundation has his audio tapes.
all it has an incredibly POSITIVE spin on it -- not a bunch of "don'ts"
but an explanation that, if taken to heart, would yield great joy, I
"I was so excited when I listened to the tape, the message is positive and exciting....I feel that I have much more joy in following the Church's teaching now that I understand it more fully. Everyone, listen to this tape and read the book!! --Dawn.
Hormone Heresy: Estrogen's Deadly Truth Interested in how hormones work, and why you should not fool with them? The drug companies do not want you to read this long article from Nexus Magazine, which came out before the recent panic about HRT. Still, millions of women are on stronger doses of the same hormones for contraception!
to the Sympto-Thermic Method of Natural Family Planning "
No ISBN number. Pub. by Cogan Productions 555 W. Illinois Ave, Aurora, IL 60506
Copyright 1986. Tel: 708-896-6555
Basic intro pamphlet to NFP, with good pictures of mucus changes. Videos in English or Spanish for $18.75 plus $3.50 S&H.
Konsultants is another
on-line vitamin &
mineral shop, but this one caters especially to the infertile, carrying
Optivite and other similar formulations for optimizing fertility and
stimulating ovulation. They also have a lot of good nutrition
League of St. Gerard The Redemptorists in Canada have info on St. Gerard, the
patron saint of mothers and mother wanna-bes. A good guy to have on
by Mercedes Wilson.
Second edition, 1986, paperback, ISBN: 0-9633125-0-2. About $20 from FAF
" This is an excellent book to learn the foundation of "The Ovulation Method" (AKA Billings). Very good illustrations. The beginning student definitely needs to supplement this basic information with other resources (classes, other books, etc.) to apply this knowledge to her specific situation. This book is written is very simple language (even a junior high student could comprehend it, IMO)" --- Donna, in Livonia (that's not a country, it's west of Detroit)
, John Marshall. London: Sheed & Ward, 1995. A British book from an early BBT pioneer
explores the psychological effects of NFP in an unbiased way (says the
blurb). Sounds like a good read for the unchurched. He was a
member of the 1963 papal commission that voted for the Catholic Church
to change its teaching on contraception (but seems to have mellowed a
The Missing Cornerstone: Reasons why couples choose NFP
"In a society where instant gratification and materialism are idolized, love is often misconceived as merely getting what you want when you want it. The contraceptive mentality transfers that misconception into married love, betraying the true meaning of sexuality and poisoning the heart of the family. In recent years, many married couples who used contraception have been waking up to this, and finding a healthy, effective alternative to responsible parenthood in Natural Family Planning. This volume gathers the testimonies of 44 such couples. Each couple has traveled a unique path, but they have all discovered the same wonderful reality: true joy in marriage and family life comes not from getting, but from giving, from undertaking the adventure of authentic, generous love. "
Circle Press, USA or Canada 888-881-0729
Method" interactive CD-ROM on Ovulation Method, with Charting
software, $24.95 from Family
of the Americas Foundation
"The New No Pill, No-Risk Birth Control." by Nona Aguilar. NY: Rawson
Associates, 1986. ISBN# 0-89256-299-4 and 0-89256-300-1 $17 (pbk)
This book teaches a simple STM. Nona got interested in NFP after doing research on the marriage building effect of NFP. She's a fascinating speaker on this topic, too. The book, well, it was new 20 years ago, but there are better ones now.
Open Embrace: A Protestant Couple Rethinks Contraception by Sam and Bethany Torodes, Wm. Eerdmans Publishing. Check out this long excerpt which they let us have, that's really the meat of the whole book. The book's not too long, yet packs a whole lot of good explanation of how to make a great Christian marriage.
"The Protestant Reformers...were fierce foes of contraception. But over the last seven decades, many of their spiritual descendants succumbed to modernist sexual heresies. The Torodes chart a path back to faithfulness, trust, and the fullness of Christian love."--Allan Carlson
"....wisdom from the Bible and the Christian past to challenge conventional views on contraception. Sweetly written and solidly argued, this is a head-clearing, heart-warming read." —J.I. Packer
Update: lately the Torodes did a sorta-about-face on contraception, saying it's OK if NFP is too tough. Kind of like the seed that fell on rocky ground...well, anyway there's a good article in the Richmond Catholic Diocese NFP Newsletter about their apparent change of heart, refuting their new arguments.
Optivite is a vitamin
supplement tailored to maximizing fertility and treating PMS, luteal
phase problems, and some other cycle problems. Recommended by Marilyn
Shannon and other nutritional experts, and gets lots of good buzz in
the infertility and NFP news/chat groups. vitaminsandherbsforyou.com
seems to be cheaper than Kuhar
; 180's for $9.90 and 252's for $13.70. You might
even get a good deal at the local discount drug store, if you get it
ordered for you. Read
FC&N before swallowing.
Using a urine sample, it
estrogen and progesterone levels so you can determine ovulation.
Needs recalibration and refill of the reagents occasionally. This
may be the future of NFP....if Dr. Len Blackwell in New Zealand can get
it productized better. Or, maybe not.
Preachable Message from BOMA. Pastors!
Get this book if you don't know what to say (or why) about NFP and
contraception. Testimonies from 32 priests, sample homilies, a list of
scripture citations over the liturgical year, lots of ideas. Flocks,
get this for your shepherd,
maybe you'll hear that most rare of all locutions, a sermon on
improving marriage through NFP.
$9.95 from BOMA USA or CCL
Prophet and Priests, The Hidden Face of the Birth Control Movement by Ann Farmer, $17 from Amazon. The description says, "This compelling study of the origins, development and activities of the birth control movement will prove an eye-opener to those who think of it as a force for good." In case you're wondering, NFP is not contraception and is way different from the goals of the "Birth Control Movement".
"Sexual Wisdom" by
Richard Wetzel, MD;
Arbor: Proctor Publications, 1998 is a non-denominational
ethics book that received praise from Catholic,
Jewish, Mormon, and other community leaders.
available from http://www.omsoul.com/
Sophia Fertility Computer saves 210 temp recordings and predicts fertility. $45; PC interface $95. A proprietary algorithm uses low temps to compute hormones, ignoring disturbed high spikes. This is popular in Japan with a million sold, but the developer doesn't want to pay for an effectiveness study. Whether this is less hassle than putting temps on a chart daily is up to you. You can put in other symptoms (even biorhythms, FWIW) with the PC interface. Also available at www.CatholicMind.com.
"Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth
Control, Pregnancy Achievement and Reproductive Health " by Toni Weschler, MPH. Quill, 2001 0060937645 , 496 pages, $23.95.
" .....it really gives you a good understanding of WHY a womans body does what it does. It is not judgmental or agenda based, other than promoting the methods as extremely safe and effective. There isn't much moral/sociological stuff but it does have a chapter on FAM in the age of AIDS. It is an easy read and has an appropriate level of information for the average reader.... I personally found this book to be very comprehensive and engrossing." --- Cathy C.
Toni Weschler's rules under FAM (Fertility Awareness Method) are the same as her NFP rules, except that a barrier method such as condoms or diaphram is used instead of abstaining during potentially fertile times. Obviously, this would not be as reliable as NFP, nor would it be acceptable to those who use NFP for religious reasons.
gets lots of publicity and sells lots of books, and FAM is
than contraceptives so it appeals to a wide range of folks to which NFP
would be a total shock to their moral systems. A safe gift for that
friend of yours who's mortally allergic to any whiff of "religion" and
couldn't abide the CCL book. For a comparison of FAM and NFP, see
TCOYF Fertility Software Win 95 & up: $29.95. firstname.lastname@example.org
You input all your observations and it does the work for you. This follows Toni Weschler's rules. We've heard from folks who have used LifeCycle's previous app and think it's helped them learn NFP faster. And some who think it's overly complicated and time-consuming to keep all your charts on a computer. It does work, and is approved by the FDA .
a herbal treatment for PMS, excessive bleeding and short luteal phases
" At NWFS, where we teach the sympto-thermal method, we've been referring some women to a natural alternative popular and well documented in Europe, it's called Vitex (from the "chaste tree") and it works at the level of the pituitary. Dr. Josef Roetzer [NFP pioneer] informed us of this approach. It works slowly, but in many women reduced PMS, promotes a stronger luteal phase, and reduces excesses bleeding. It is available at many health food stores." You may find it referred to as Chasteberry extract, its common name. It also may take 6 months or more to work, according to people we know who have used it. Also available at Emerson Ecologics , 30 day supply $40.
Way Home by
Mary Pride, Crossway Books, Westchester, IL 60153 is an older book on contraception from an
point of view.
WinBOM for PCs ($30) and WinBOM for Palm ($25) are apps developed by the Billings organizations to do Ovulation Method symptom recordings and chart interpretations. Downloadable demos run 30 days.
Abortion by Elizabeth
Ring-Cassidy & Ian
Even the on-line bulletized summary of this book is an eye-opener. Do you get into debates with so-called "Pro-Choice" people? Write letters to newspaper editors? If you have a friend who is convinced Planned Parenthood tells the truth, get this book. $20, CDN$25 from the Deveber Institute .
Signals" by Merryl Winstein . 1995. Smooth Stone Press, P.O. Box
Louis MO 63144. $12.95 + $1.50 postage (USA), + 6% tax in MO. ISBN 0-9619401-0-7
(also available in German)
A short, simple to understand book, but not overly thorough. Cute line drawings.
American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals Creighton Method organization which trains teachers.
Couple to Couple League (CCL)
PO Box 111184
Cincinnati OH 45211
(513) 471-2000 Orders ONLY: (800) 745-8252 email@example.com
This is the largest US NFP organization, and, in our humble opinion, the best. There are over 1000 CCL volunteer Teaching Couples, mostly in the USA. The TC Finder has most of them arranged by state, country, or area code. If you have trouble with that, write CCL and see if there's a promoter nearby.
($21/yr) gets you a big newsletter (here's
full of the latest biological,
political info. CCL also supports
mother-baby and family bonding, and pro-life, Catholic, Christian,
religious, and general moral values. Plus short pamphlets to
books and videos
on marriage, chastity, and family. For instance, there's a
K-8 chastity/"sex ed" supplement for religious education called"New
which follows Catholic
teaching (maybe your school doesn't!)
of the Americas Foundation
Box 1170 Dunkirk MD 20754
(800) 443-3395 or (301) 627-3346
They have NFP books in 21 languages that teach the Ovulation Method, and a nice OM effectiveness table listing a number of studies.
FertilityCare Centres of America has teachers worldwide but the list is of the USA only
International hopes to teach
through a bead system of counting similar to the Standard Day Method.
These are the actual beads, which they sent us and we scanned in.
432 North Main Street
Butte MT 59701
Paul VI Institute
6901 Mercy Road
Omaha, NE 68106-2604 402-390-9175
This is the accrediting agent for practitioners (teachers) of the Creighton Model of the Ovulation (Billings) method. They publish a free newsletter, Love and Life, and conduct much of the NFP research in the US. Their NaProTech system incorporates NFP into medical practice; they conduct yearly training sessions. Find a local Creighton teacher here .
The ethics division of the Pope Paul VI Institute publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, The NaProEthics Forum and probes the Catholic view of marriage, family, sexuality, and procreation. $15 personal subscription, $20 institutional, $18 foreign. Got moral questions? Contact the ethics director, Sister Renee Mirkes , OSF, PhD , 402-390-6600. Dr. Tom Hilgers, the Director, wrote a lot of good theological stuff to browse on their website.
151 Holland Ave.
Ottawa ONT K1Y0Y2
(613) 728-6536 (également en français: "Planification Naturelle des Naissances" )
A large NFP provider in Canada, where they have been teaching the SymptoThermal Method since the fifties. Check the phone book, or call 888-3SERENA (888-373-7362) in Canada.
WOOMB (World Organization Ovulation Method Billings) is the Australia-based worldwide HQ for the Billings Ovulation Method, probably the world's largest and oldest (1953) provider of NFP instruction. Other Billings websites exist; this one has good pictures of cervix and mucus changes.
Your one-stop NFP center in the City of Brotherly Love. Has info on local teachers (your choice of methods ) and class dates.
4945 East Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85108
Japan Gadgets and software for predicting fertility are pretty popular in Japan.
Catholic Family Centre (Ovulation Method)
Sarayama 4-27, Minami-ku
Fumuoka City 815
Universitat Duesseldorf : Forschungsprojekt Natürliche Familienplanung: "Was ist NFP? Wiekann man NFP erlernen?"
Familienplanung Diozese Augsburg
NFP, Kappelberg 1
for Natural Family Planning a large German NFP organization. You can download STM charts
in different formats. They're in Celsius and German, which will
confuse your kids or parents if they see them on the dresser.
CCL of the United Kingdom has a big website in Sherwood Forest
An STM provider in the British Isles, they have a bunch of info on NFP, including titles of research, and downloadable STM charts (under "miscellaneous").
België, Vlaanderen, Nederland: NFP Europe Informatie over natuurlijke familie planning in het Nederlands.
Bioself Fertility Tester $217 in the USA . A Swiss gadget, does calendar-temperature indications of fertile times. It records a years' worth of temps, then predicts when you're fertile. It doesn't test hormones or mucus, so it should be used with the usual symptom chart. So, why not just use a ten dollar thermometer instead? It's pretty big (3 AA batteries), but the built-in speaker is pretty cool: you can download temps to your local Bioself Center (which is in Switzerland).
Electrolyte Tester, $385
A gadget that
measures the resistivity (electrical conductivity) of saliva and/or
cervical mucus, which changes near ovulation. Like the other
mucus-sampling gadgets, this is probably better for achieving
conception than avoiding it effectively (research is continuing). Seems
expensive, but it does have stainless steel probes. OvaCue
is a similar gadget.
is an Ogino-Knaus
Calendar Rhythm application. $28; free demo works for two months. Don't expect high effectiveness from this
or any Rhythm method, but they are simple. And, you need a good 6
cycles of data to use O-K Rhythm.
company is offering a new service for the modern professional woman
with little time to spend trying to get pregnant -- regular mobile
phone calls telling her when she is most fertile, for
'Achtung! The five best days for love are starting,' zappybaby
Deutschland GmbH said in a statement. 'We live in
hectic times and there is so little
free time for people who want to have some nice hours together and want
to have children.' " If you don't have time to conceive, will you have time to raise
that kid? Well, ZappyBaby got zapped around 2005. Ananova
ran a similar text-messaging service in Poland, using Calendar Rhythm. Also defunct.
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