Natural Family Planning vs. Contraceptives
Compared to contraceptives, Natural Family Planning is safer, more effective, more affordable and promotes shared responsibility between spouses.
- CrMS offers no long-term damage to the reproductive organs, unlike sterilization which is permanent.
- CrMS protects the couple’s future fertility and offers no harm to a potential pregnancy (as contraceptives have been documented to do).
- There are no side effects or health risks, and spouses play an active role in the family planning process.
- Couples may find the three mechanisms of action in chemical contraceptives (as documented in the Physician’s Desk Reference, 2006) to be unacceptable. These include the prevention of ovulation, changes in the cervical mucus so sperm find difficulty in entering, and the thinning of the uterine lining to prevent implantation should the first two mechanisms fail.
- The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System is both morally acceptable and environmentally-friendly, as it does not cause packaging waste or result in the pollution of our waterways.
Learning the CrMS™ begins with an introductory session that explains scientific foundations, methodology, applications to various reproductive categories and how to track your cycles.
Introductory classes are generally 90 minutes long and offered monthly at Sisters of Charity Hospital and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. Classes are also available by appointment at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital.
Please view our introductory sessions or call (716) 862-1944 to register or make an appointment.
Learning continues with a series of individualized follow-up teaching appointments that include professional, personal instruction on use of the system and complete chart review. At each private follow-up, the FertilityCare™ Practitioner tailors the system to your specific needs.
These sessions are recommended five times during the first three months of use and an additional three times over the remainder of a year. Subsequent follow-ups are recommended every six to twelve months as needed.
Individual follow-up sessions are usually an hour or less, although the first session can be up to one and a half hours long.
Your professional FertilityCare™ Practitioner is also available for consultation between sessions should any questions arise.
Preliminary expenses for being educated in CrMS vary from place to place but compare favorably with any form of artificial contraception or artificial reproductive technology. The materials provided for charting and tracking cycle patterns are inexpensive and provide invaluable recorded information throughout a woman’s childbearing and pre-menopausal years.
Cost information may be obtained by calling the nearest Catholic FertilityCare™ location listed above or by emailing us.
For more information about Catholic Health’s family planning services, click here to email the Catholic FertilityCare Centers of WNY or or call (716) 862-1944.