Fertility Awareness &

Natural Family Planning

Fertility Awareness & Natural Family Planning 

NFP is an umbrella term for certain methods wherein the couple observes the naturally occurring signs of fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle for the purposes of either achieving or postponing pregnancy. It is a comprehensive acceptance of the divine gift of fertility within marriage. NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of every child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP enriches the bond between husband and wife.

How do I choose a method?

Catholic blogger Emily Frase interviewed instructors and users from 5 different methods.  In these conversations, they describe the major differences between the methods and why you might choose one method over another.

A Practical Guide to Discerning Openness to Children

Is right now a good time for us to have a child?  How can we know God’s will for us?  What does it mean to discern and how do we do it? How often do we need to discern?  How can we know if our reason for not having a child right now is sufficiently serious?

Looking for a Class?

There are 3 different categories of NFP/Fertility awareness-based methods: mucus only, sympto-thermal, and sympto-hormonal.

Click on the categories below to see a listing of all of the methods that are available in that category and a listing of both online and in-person classes that are available. 

We will also update this page with live sessions that are scheduled around the Diocese of Tyler (in-person and online). 

Live Online NFP Intro Class

Do you need an introductory course to NFP but you are not sure which one to take?  This live online course offered by Vitae Fertility Education will help to establish your fertility knowledge so that you’re equipped to choose an NFP method that works for your life and your specific circumstances.

This presentation is offered monthly, on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, at 7:30pm central time. It meets the NFP marriage formation requirement for engaged couples in the Diocese of Tyler. Click this box to register. 

Mucus Only Methods

Description from Managing Your Fertility (used with permission)
Mucus-only methods teach users how to observe biomarkers during the phases of the menstrual cycle, specifically, through observing and charting changes in the color and consistency of cervical mucus.

This method requires the individual to track the characteristics and sensations of cervical fluid. By observing changes in cervical mucus each day throughout the menstrual cycle, a woman is able to note the fertile and infertile times in a cycle. Additionally, she is able to monitor overall gynecological health. In addition to helping couples achieve or avoid pregnancy, these methods can help evaluate infertility, repetitive miscarriage, recurrent ovarian cysts, pelvic pain, premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and more.

Methods & Instructors Available

Below is a listing of the various types of Mucus-Only NFP/Fertility Awareness methods that are available in our diocese and online. You can click the name of each method to learn more. We have also listed the instructors and medical professionals who are available to work with couples and individuals.

Creighton Model & FertilityCare Centers of America

FertilityCare Medical Consultant: Dr. Cami Jo Tice Harouff, DNP APRN-FNP
Phone: 502.550.6462
Email: HesedHealthClinic@outlook.com
Introductory sessions are available by request and will also be scheduled live and online.

FertilityCare Medical Consultant: Dr. Sarah Chavez, M.D. (Bilingual)
Diagnostic Clinic of Longview Website

FertilityCare Medical Consultant: Dr. Amy Hogan, MD, CFCMC
available via Telemedicine

One Body Wellness Center

Billings Ovulation Method Association – USA (BOMA-USA)

Live Sessions available by request at the following parishes:

  • St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Athens TX
    Contact Carmen Delgado at 903.275.8373 or stedsmarriageprep@gmail.com
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Nacogdoches TX
    Contact the parish office at 936.564.7807

Online, self-paced classes are available at Learn NFP Online and Aprende PFN en Linea.
Available in English and Spanish


FEMM Health (medical management)

Online classes and the FEMM App are available here.
Available in English and Spanish. Telemed also available.

Sympto-Thermal Methods

Description from Managing Your Fertility (used with permission)
The sympto-thermal method (STM) is based on the observations of cervical fluid, basal body temperature (waking temperature) and biological signs (i.e. changes in the cervix).

This method requires the individual to track the characteristics and sensations of cervical fluid (i.e. wet feeling, stretchy mucus when wiping) and monitor the basal body temperature (i.e. taking your temperature at the same time every day when you wake up). By following these signs and consistent charting, an individual is able to determine the beginning and ending of the fertile window of a cycle.

Methods & Instructors Available

Below is a listing of the various types of Sympto-Thermal NFP/Fertility Awareness methods that are available in our diocese and online. You can click the name of each method to learn more. We have also listed the instructors and medical professionals who are available to work with couples and individuals.

Couple to Couple League

Teaching Couple: Dan & Natalie Herrera
Location: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (423 S. Broadway, Tyler, Texas)
When: Scheduled throughout the year
Cost: $135 (including materials) plus shipping
This class meets 3 times, each session lasting about two hours and spaced one month apart.  This gives the couple the opportunity to start charting and discuss observations with the instructor.
Registration: For more information on upcoming classes, please contact Dan and Natalie Herrera at nvherrera1@gmail.com.

Online live and self-paced classes are also available on the CCL website. .

Liga de Pareja a Pareja

Tiene cursos en linea, cursos virtuales, y clases en vivo en varias partes de la diocesis. 

Para encontrar una clase en línea o virtual, haga clic aquí.

Las clases en vivo están disponibles en las siguientes parroquias:

  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Tyler
  • St. Jude Catholic Church, Gun Barrel City
  • St. Matthew Catholic Church, Longview
  • Christ the King Catholic Church, Kilgore
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Texarkana

SymptoPro Fertility Education

Online Classes available on their website


Additional resources for this method:

Sympto-Hormonal Methods

Description from Managing Your Fertility (used with permission)

The hormonal-only method detects production of key fertility hormones with daily at-home urine tests with an electronic fertility monitor and cross checking it with daily cervical mucus observations.

This method uses the sympto-hormonal method and its a system that involves an electronic fertility monitor, which is a device that is used at home to measure hormone levels in urine, which estimate the beginning and ending of the fertile window of the cycle. The information from the monitor is used in conjunction with observations of cervical mucus and basal body temperature.

Methods & Instructors Available

Below is a listing of the various types of Sympto-Hormonal  NFP/Fertility Awareness methods that are available in our diocese and online. You can click the name of each method to learn more. We have also listed the instructors and medical professionals who are available to work with couples and individuals.

Marquette Method

Instructor: Dr. Cami Jo Tice Harouff, DNP APRN-FNP
Phone: 
502.550.6462
Email: HesedHealthClinic@outlook.com
Introductory sessions are available by request and will also be scheduled live and online.

 

Whole Mission (Marquette)

Available in English and Spanish. Variety of live online class options (Group, individual, post-partum, and others) taught through a secure video meeting platform.   All class options include individual follow-up for a minimum of 1 full year, and course documents are included. To see a listing of all available course options, please click here

Videos from the St. Philip Institute

Additional Resources

Are you interested in becoming a Certified NFP Instructor or
Teaching Couple? Contact the Family Life Office!

Deanna Johnston, Director of Family Life

djohnston@stphilipinstitute.org