Fertility & Natural Family Planning

Understanding natural fertility, infertility, and related moral and social issues.

What Makes Creighton Unique? NaPro Technology


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“Infertility is a symptom of underlying disease. The diseases that cause infertility have a “two-pronged” effect. They not only hinder the functioning of fertility, but they also cause both short and long-term health problems. The persistent unwillingness to address infertility problems from this point of view or perspective is one of the major flaws in the current approach to the treatment of infertility.”  – FertilityCare Centers of America

What is NaPro Technology?

Short for “Natural Procreative Technology,” NaPro is “a new women’s health science that monitors and maintian’s a woman’s reproductive and gynocological health.  It provides medical and surgical treatments that cooperate completely with the reproductive system.”  More information can be found here.

What You Should Know About NaPro

  1. NaPro Medical Consultants are doctors who are specifically trained to read Creighton charts.
  2. The goal of treating patients with NaPro is to identify and treat underlying causes of reproductive health issues.
  3. NaPro provides physicians with clearly defined protocols for surgeries and other invasive treatments and procedures; often typical fertility “treatments” can cause further harm to the reproductive system.
  4. In addition to leading the way in infertility treatment, NaPro can effectively diagnose and addresses a variety of other issues, including repetitive miscarriage, PMS, irregular bleeding, infections and many other reproductive issues.

NaPro Considerations

  • Diagnosis and treatment may come slowly for some couples because of the potential complexity of identifying underlying issues.  For others, it may be a simple fix.  One couple I know achieved pregnancy with a month of receiving NaPro treatment after having tried for years.
  • The same variance that exists among different professionals within any field also exists amongst NaPro Medical Consultants.  Some patients choose to go directly to Dr. Hilgers in Omaha for treatment for this and other reasons.  Read more here.
  • While sub-fertility is often misunderstood as infertility, true infertility does exist. Even after receiving NaPro treatment, there remains a percentage of couples who will not go on to conceive.
  • Before pursuing treatment with a NaPro Medical Consultant, clients must learn the Creighton system of charting and have 2 complete months of charting completed (a period of abstinence is typically requiring during this learning phase).
  • Charting cycles with any method of NFP, or FAM, can provide additional, concrete insight into a woman’s reproductive health.

6 thoughts on “What Makes Creighton Unique? NaPro Technology

  1. I love this post! To me one of the things that makes Creighton unique and made it stand out to me when I was first learning about various methods was that it was the one method that really knew how to market itself positively to women. And I thank God for that!

    I really appreciate your NaPro Considerations section. I’ve encountered several people online who expect Dr. Hilgers to be God and don’t seem to honestly understand that even NaPro isn’t a cure-all. I’d live to give really expert “near-contact” laparoscopy a try, but realistically there is still a huge chance that it wouldn’t eliminate pain, and there are always risks.

    I am curious about the period of abstinence required while learning. Is that just for couples who are trying to avoid pregnancy, or for everyone in order to not confuse various fluids?

    • In the second paragraph that should be *love* to give, not “live” to give. I’m enthusiastic, but not quite giving my whole life for it. 😉

    • Thanks, Rae! I have been looking forward to writing this point for a while now. I never really considered how well Creigthon markets itself to women, but I totally agree with you on that point.

      All new clients learning Creighton are instructed to abstain for either a month or a complete cycle. I have yet to take on any clients who wanted to learn the system due to infertility, but I am pretty sure that a full cycle of abstinence is required for them (instead of the option of a cycle or a month). At first, it seems so counter intuitive to tell a couple trying to achieve pregnancy to abstain, but if they are going to seek NaPro treatment, the accuracy of their charting becomes even more critical. Confusion about fluids is the main issue, both for someone else reading the client’s chart, but also for the clients own ability to recognize their typical mucus pattern.

  2. I caught part of a covenent radio show driving the other day and am trying to find out more. I never heard the Drs. name only that he had a clinic and really new wonderful charting and learning individual womens cycles. So I hope this is a place where I can learn more about who & what I heard a tidbit on.

    If this is what I hope I would like to pass on the info to my son and his fiance with reference to classes for them this summer and name of doctor where they will be moving in few months. A professional who is trained and has taken to heart what he’s learned.
    It would be nice to also pass this training opportunity on to doctors in my area as I know many young women who would very much want a doctor like him. (No professional obst/gny NFP believers in our area, yet! although 1 ER & 1 orthopedic does).

    Could this also be of benefit to anyone close to menopause or a teen not yet sexually active?

    • Welcome, Rosanne! It is very likely that they were talking about Dr. Hilgers.

      The Creighton FertilityCare system can definitely be of benefit to women of all ages. For young women, it can help them become comfortable with their cyclical changes, appreciate their fertility, and monitor any cycle irregularities (PMS, irregular bleeding, long cycles, painful menstruation) that would typically be treated with “the pill,” with little attention given to the cause or actual treatment of an underlying issue. As for women nearing menopause, there can be many benefits as well, including monitoring irregular bleeding (which in some cases can become extreme), and helping women prepare for, and accurately monitor, changes in their cycles (for example, cycles becoming increasingly anovulatory). Monitoring cycles and other symptoms can also point to hormonal imbalances, beyond what is to be expected.

      I will email you regarding your specific questions 🙂

  3. Do you know where I could find some good additional resources? My fiance and I have been taking a class and I’ve been charting for 4 months, but we are both very confused by the lack of detail both in the brochure and from our instructor. I have very long cycles (90 – 120 days) and it seems like I don’t really know what to look for. When I try to explain my concerns to my instructor (I can’t get anything off the tissue, what is smooth vs. lucrative?, it is impossible to wipe front to back, etc.) she just makes me repeat the “correct” answer out loud, and then turns to my fiance and makes him repeat it.

    I know they say that NFP is supposed to help relationships, but the stress and lack of help has eroded any intimacy between my fiance and I. I really want to make this work… but hopefully without any more tears or harsh/ignorant comments from my instructor.

    Are there books I could order? Instruction materials? I’m at the point of just faking charts to graduate from the class, but ideally in the long term I’d like to get this figured out with minimal emotional distress.


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