Fertility & Natural Family Planning

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

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Online Creighton Intro Sessions & FAQ

I will be offering free Creighton Introductory and FAQ sessions all day on Sunday, October 2nd.  If you, or someone you know, might be interested in learning more about the Creighton Model, Napro Technology, or natural family planning please don’t hesitate to email me at FertilityCareAZ@gmail.com – even if you just want to chat!



Creighton Intro Session in Phoenix

Thursday, August 11th at 6 pm I will be presenting an introductory session to share the basics of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System.  The session will be held in downtown Phoenix at the Diocesan Pastoral Center.  Please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested.  If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend or have any questions, please email FertilityCareAZ@gmail.com.

If you would like to attend the intro session as part of the full course of teaching sessions, please register online with the Phoenix Diocese NFP Office.

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National NFP Awareness Week

While I missed the NFP Awareness Week boat, there are lots of people who did an awesome job celebrating it.  A big thank you to all of you!

Here are some links to NFP goodness:

Happy End of NFP Week!

NFP Awareness Week from a Protestant NFP Enthusiast 

Awareness after NFP

Making Catholic Sex Sexy

Natural Family Planning: Liberator of Women

NFP Awareness

And a brand new NFP site:

Living the Sacrament


“My Unwanted Abortion”

I was on my way back to Tucson from Salt Lake City, and my excessively long layover in Vegas had become even longer than originally anticipated.  After a quick bite (i.e. a $12 fast food burrito) and some email catch-up time (thank you, free internet!), I thought a magazine was in order.  Having exhausted my favorite magazines on the flights to Salt Lake, I knew my options would be limited, and figured I could try to find something that was closer to the mildly unhealthy side of the fashion magazine spectrum.

After having flipped through a few, an article near the back of one caught my eye…

I bought the magazine and read it during the flight, but the story stuck with me long after the flight ended.  I plan on trying to articulate my thoughts soon in a follow up post, but for now, is there anything that strikes you about this article?


What Makes Creighton Unique? NaPro Technology

Dr. Hilger's new book

“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.