When you and your spouse are ready to discuss family planning and you desire to go about it the most natural way possible, you have passionate and knowledgeable support in Dr. Anthony Caruso. At A Bella Baby OBGYN, in Woodridge, Illinois, Dr. Caruso and his team provide a compassionate, supportive environment for natural family planning. For your first consultation with Dr. Caruso, call or book your appointment online today.
Natural Family Planning Q & A
What is natural family planning?
Natural family planning (NFP) is a method for tracking fertility that allows for both the postponement of pregnancy and also increased the potential for pregnancy by natural means. An area of passion for Dr. Caruso, this system is hormone free and one of the safest methods for preventing or achieving pregnancy.
This method involves you knowing your body well enough to recognize when you most likely to get pregnant. Armed with this information, you are able to avoid pregnancy or increase your chances of getting pregnant, by either having or abstaining from sexual intercourse.
How can I know if I am fertile when using natural family planning?
There are various systems for tracking fertility. All involve having enough awareness of your body to be able to recognize changes that occur when you are fertile.
Depending on the system used, you may be attentive to changes in your body related to:
- Cervical mucus
- Basal temperature
- Changes in cervix
Some methods, like the sympto-thermal method, involve the use of all three indicators to determine fertile days within your monthly cycle. Other methods may only utilize one indicator, either mucus or basal temperature.
Some systems utilized for NFP are:
- Billings Ovulation Method®
- Marquette Method
- Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System
- Sympto-thermal methods
- Methods developed by Georgetown University
Dr. Caruso is both knowledgeable and supportive of whatever natural family planning system you and your partner choose.
What are the benefits of using the natural family planning method?
There are many benefits to using this method for family planning. In addition to its being as effective as hormonal contraception if used correctly, benefits also include:
- No hormonal manipulation
- No harmful side effects
- Increased awareness of cycles
- Documentation of cycles
- Shared effort of the couple
Finally, one of the primary benefits of using this method as compared to traditional contraception is that there is no increased risk for breast cancer, blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
While there is a learning curve associated with NFP, Dr. Caruso will partner with you to get you up to speed and to determine the best approach for your natural family planning. You are not alone in the process.
For your first consultation with Dr. Caruso to begin your natural family planning journey, call or book your appointment online today.