Investigating NFP: How Effective is It?

You know what they call people who use Catholic-Church-Approved methods of birth control?


– comment on a Championable post

Boy, I’d love to have a dollar for every time I’ve heard that. Studies have been done before that have shown the periodic abstinence aspect of NFP to be as effective or more effective than artificial means of birth control. However, those studies weren’t widely accepted because they were regarded as Church propaganda. It seems that secular science has finally come to the Church’s defense, though.

Natural family planning as good as pill, study finds

The Catholic-backed sympto-thermal method of natural family planning has been found by a German study to be as effective in preventing pregnancies as the contraceptive pill, with researchers also surprised to find a low rate of unintended pregnancies among women who had unprotected sex during their fertile period.

The study was published on 21 February in an online report in the European reproductive medicine journal named “Human Reproduction Today” by researchers from the University of Heidelberg, Earthtimes reports.

Comments 5

  1. Jeff Miller wrote:

    Often not mentioned is that NFP is also better at achieving pregnancy for those having problems than IVF.

    Posted 23 Feb 2007 at 12:30 pm
  2. Funky Dung wrote:

    It’s been a while since you last commented here, Jester. It’s good to hear from you again. 🙂

    Posted 23 Feb 2007 at 3:36 pm
  3. Steve Nicoloso wrote:

    … and a helluva lot cheaper!!

    Posted 26 Feb 2007 at 3:54 pm
  4. RobK wrote:

    Do you know what Catholics who can have children should be?

    Posted 15 Mar 2007 at 2:31 am
  5. Jessica wrote:

    No Cost, No Negative side effects, and the divorce rate amongs NFPers is LESS THAN 2%! What. Maybe they’re on to something here. It’s not as profitable to the pharmaceutical or abortion industry though (look at contraception-abortion positive correlation rates since the 60’s).

    Posted 28 Jun 2007 at 4:38 pm

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