Natural Family Planning is an umbrella term usually used to talk about any of the variety of models or systems used to acheive, avoid or space pregnancies au natural. It is medically safe, effective and does not use the reproductive-system-altering drugs, devices or surgeries that can cause harmful side effects. Natural fertility care methods work to use the signs present in a woman's body to determine fertility and infertility without having to use artificial methods or barriers such as the many different birth control pills, condoms, diaphrams, and IUD's (intra-uterine devices) that are often promoted and prescribed.
The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System is a standardized method of tracking and evaluating a woman's health and fertility that is tailor made to each individual woman's circumstances. Through the tracking of various biomarkers, which are simply natural bodily signs that indicate the presence of health or illness, fertility or infertility, a woman can use the system in a number of ways, including monitoring and maintaining health, managing menstrual and hormonal disorders, addressing the cause(s) of infertility, and avoiding or achieving pregnancies. The Creighton Model, with perfect use, is 99.5 percent effective in avoiding or spacing pregnancies and with typical use it is 96.8 percent successful. 76% of the couples, with normal fertility, who use the Creighton Model to achieve a pregnancy do so the first time that they try. That number increases to 90% by the 3rd cycle and 98% by the sixth cycle. Now you're probably wondering why you haven't heard very much about it before, if it's so amazing. Well, with the entrance of the birth control pill on the scene in the 1960’s and the widespread reputation of an earlier method that wasn’t very successful, the idea of natural methods became all but obsolete within just a few generations. Please let this be a reminder that, the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System is not the Rhythm Method that your mothers and grandmothers knew!
Because of this limited understanding of the female body, the problem that we're now dealing with in our modern society is that women's healthy bodies are often treated as if they were diseased due to fertility, but fertility is not a disease. People, oddly enough, have begun to think that having a body hormonally manipulated by pills, IUDs, injections, implants, or vaginal rings is better than, or just as good as, having a healthy body with normal hormonal function. Unfortunately, after short-term or long-term use of these artificial means, women come off to find that achieving pregnancy is not as easy as they thought it would be, due to the lasting negative effects that these hormones have on a woman's health or fertility. More and more we are seeing the dangerous and damaging physical and emotional side-effects of the use of the artificial means of birth control on women's bodies, not to mention the ill-effects of contraception, in general, on the marital relationship. According the the Wall Street Journal's August 1993 issue, among married couples who forgo artificial contraception and rely exclusively on natural family planning, the rate of divorce is almost trivial. More and more, couples are deciding to go the natural route, but don't know where to go to find a reliable system.
For centuries the truth about a woman's menstrual cycle has been covered in mystery. Men are often perplexed by menstruation, and while women usually have a better understanding, many also find their bodies to be confusing. Even some doctors can be clueless when questioned about some of the seemingly rudimentary aspects of the female reproductive system. Why is this, and why aren’t people searching high and low, far and wide, to find answers? It seems as if our society, in many ways, has given up. The other organ systems of the body have been studied, vigorously researched, and documented. We know that there is wax in our ears because it protects from infection and assists in cleaning. We know that if our urine is dark in pigment, it is most likely due to dehydration. We know that if our nose is stuffed up, we are probably the victim of a cold virus or allergies. But what about our reproductive health? Truth be told, many women don't want to be constantly thinking about their fertility, and even more so family planning, but with all of the misinformation circulating throughout society, one thing is certain: "every woman has the right to know how her cycles function in order to understand the way her body works." And our reproductive health- the health of that organ system by which we further our lineage, our bloodlines, our family history- is at least as important as knowing the function of ear wax, identifying when we're dehydrated, and knowing how to detect allergens, right?
The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System uses specific biomarkers to help women better understand their natural cycle of fertility. How many young women experienced menarche and had no idea what it was or what to do when it happened? How many were so embarrassed to ask questions that they searched the internet for answers? How many were treated strangely when they did ask questions? How many mothers didn’t feel comfortable explaining what menstruation was? How many women noticed a very characteristic and chronic discharge that seemed to start right around the time of their first menstruation? How many are still clueless as to what that monthly mucus discharge is and what it means? Well, that specific biomarker is exactly what the Creighton Model FertilityCare™System, under the research and teachings of Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers, M.D. and his three female co-developers, focuses on and tracks to help women monitor their fertility and know when they are fertile and infertile. Dr. Hilgers has come up with a system that is both standardized and personalized to be able to naturally and healthily allow women to know their bodies in a revolutionary way.
There is no other system as simple in practice that can teach women as much about their bodies as the CrMS can, but because this concept and lifestyle is so new to most women, it has to be learned from a well-trained practitioner. CrMS FertilityCare Practitioners go through a rigorous 13-month, two- part, supervised practicum, in addition to a 6-9 month process of certification. From a best practice perspective, the system should be used continuously during one's procreative years, as women’s reproductive categories are constantly changing. Ultimately, this system ought to be taught to young women, starting from an early age, to help them begin to understand that their hormonal cycle isn't just about when they can get pregnant or not, but instead an insight into their overall health.
Unlike other methods, the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System is especially appealing to women of all ages because of the employment of the brilliant feature of NaProTECHNOLOGY®, which works in conjunction with the method. Because of this system's unique aspect of NaProTECHNOLOGY®, the outcome is not just a way to determine monthly fertility, but an overall system for women's health care. NaProTECHNOLOGY® monitors the abnormal signs in a woman or man's body to help diagnose other reproductive health problems or dysfunctions that could go unnoticed, if not properly monitored. It is the specialized medical approach associated with the Creighton Model's standardized charting. Using a woman's monthly charting of her own menstrual cycle, trained NaPro medical consultants offer restorative medical evaluation and cooperative medical treatment that targets the root cause of any existing, underlying illness. You can rest assured that this is not a bandaid fix that will mask the symptoms. NaProTECHNOLOGY® medical consultants work hand-in-hand with FertilityCare practitioners to find real, effective solutions for your specific needs.
Now there is finally a system that allows women to genuinely take their health into their own hands and that sheds light on the many misconceptions about female fertility. This is a method based in years of scientific research and, therefore, clients may be assured that the method is tried and true. It is a solid system that doesn’t just focus on the sexual relationship, but focuses on the whole woman and goes to the heart of the relationship between woman and man. It is a truly wholistic approach to female health and seeks to serve, not only a woman’s reproductive health, but also one's spiritual needs, moral decision making, sexual relationship, marriage sacrament, and family planning.