St. Elizabeth FertilityCare System

What is NFP and the Creighton Model™ ?

What is NFP and the Creighton Model™?

NFP stands for ‘Natural Family Planning’ and the Creighton Model™ FertilityCare System Is just one method of many in the NFP family. The Creighton Model™ FertilityCare system is a very reliable method because we look at the biological markers to determine ovulation, and not temperature or calendar date. No internal examinations are necessary. Women become active participants in their own health and learn to read the signs of their own body.

The Creighton model is divided into two parts:

  1. FertilityCare- This is what I teach. Where women or couples are instructed how to chart their fertility using the markers explained in this system.
  2. NaPro Technology- This is where Doctors and nurses, trained in the Creighton Model and NaPro technology, are able to diagnose and treat fertility problems utilizing the charts and information gathered in part 1.

Does The Creighton Model™ medically treat anything?

The Creighton Model does not cure any reproductive issues, however, it does help diagnose many issues such as PMS, recurring miscarriage, and the underlying causes for infertility. This is like a map to what is happening inside your body. There are doctors trained in NaPro technology that utilize the information in your chart to help diagnose and eventually treat reproductive issues.

Common difficulties in using NFP

Abstinence – Depending on the couple or individual's intention, planned abstinence is used in the Creighton Method™ . This can be difficult for couples, especially those coming off of any form of birth control (the pill, the shot, IUD, or condom). We offer resources and support to help with this transition. One benefit of planned abstinence is the opportunity to rediscover the beauty and appreciation for the gift of our sexuality each month, deepening our appreciation for our bodies.

Too much work – in this method the woman/couple becomes an active participant in their reproductive health. This means that we become more involved. In the beginning this can be overwhelming. This is why follow-up sessions are so important. They help the woman/couple gain confidence in the use of the system. This is a common feeling among participants, but is usually alleviated by a change in habit. This takes a little time, but becomes easy and routine. Couples have an added benefit of sharing the work of observing and charting, which may also improve marital communication.