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How Natural Family Planning is spreading in West Africa

In countries throughout Western Africa, the most common religions are Islam and Catholicism. Both of these religions reject the use... Read more

Why NFP is not just ‘Catholic contraception’

As someone who teaches couples about Natural Family Planning (NFP), Jeanice Vinduska most often fields questions of doubt from couples... Read more

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How three dioceses are bringing NFP to Hispanic Catholics 

Susana Diaz gets a kick out of watching couples’ faces during their first marriage preparation class.  Read more

Dioceses share couples’ stories, virtual resources for NFP awareness week

Online resources and personal stories from Catholic couples feature prominently as key parts of this year’s NFP Awareness Week, an... Read more

Why some Catholic women say an NFP-shaming article was ‘off the charts’

NFP, or Natural Family Planning, is an oft misunderstood thing.  Read more

FEMM fertility app CEO says women have the right to understand their bodies

The maker of a popular fertility awareness app says it is built on peer-reviewed research and a scientific approach to... Read more

FEMM aims for data-driven approach to fertility awareness

For some, the idea of “fertility awareness” can seem daunting- full of charts and confusing formulas. The FEMM Health App... Read more

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'Natural cycles' fertility app gets FDA approval to prevent pregnancy

The FDA has approved a fertility-tracking app that boasts a lower unintended pregnancy rate than the pill, without the side... Read more

Why so serious? Catholic professor talks NFP

Ramping up to the 50th anniversary of Humanae vitae, a Catholic professor analyzed the encyclical’s guidance on responsible parenthood- discussing... Read more

Have questions on Humanae Vitae? Social media discussion offers answers

A month-long social media conversation on Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae kicked off this week, facilitated by the Diocese of... Read more

How knowing your fertility can catch diseases early

When Maggie was in high school, she stayed after class to talk to ask a teacher what to do about... Read more

Misunderstanding NFP: Where Catholics and non-Catholics get it wrong

The encyclical Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI shocked the world when it was published in 1968.  Read more

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Humanae Vitae is needed now more than ever, say conference attendees

Fifty years after its release, the teachings of Humanae Vitae are more relevant and necessary for the life of the... Read more

The female nuclear physicist who created a fertility app

Meet Elina Berglund: a nuclear physicist who will be known as the woman who developed the first natural cycle fertility... Read more

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NFP: It's not just a Catholic thing anymore

For some, it was a health-conscious decision. For others, it was environmental. For still others, it was faith-based.  Read more

Is your birth control making you depressed?

For the millions of women using hormonal birth control, side effects are nothing new. Headaches, mood swings and weight gain... Read more

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Why this Catholic health care development is a game-changer for women

With the hope of providing authentic and ethical health care for women, Dr. Thomas Hilgers, creator of Natural Procreative Technology,... Read more

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How art and technology are clearing up 'miscontraceptions' on women’s fertility

Read the headlines of major news outlets and you might think women’s fertility is an unknowable force understandable only by... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 17, 2014.

Pope: 'Responsible parenthood' doesn't mean birth control

Pope Francis backed Blessed Paul VI's teaching against birth control and urged openness to life, but reminded couples that “responsible... Read more

Thomas and Susan Hilgers of the Pope Paul VI Institute speak with CNA in Rome, Oct. 16, 2014.

How a reproductive health pioneer became an 'instant convert' reading Humanae Vitae

As founders of an institute studying reproductive healthcare, Thomas and Susan Hilgers have seen the benefits that natural family planning... Read more