Check out Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the Creighton Model FertilityCare System.
What is the difference between methods?
There are various biological signs that can tell women and couples about their natural state of fertility: cervical mucus discharge, basal body temperature, and cervical position are the most commonly used signs. Some methods use only cervical mucus discharge as the indicator of fertility or infertility, while some methods use two or all three indicators.
How do I contact a teacher?
Use the link to the right called “Teachers” to find the nearest FertilityCare Practitioner. You can also e-mail or call the Family Life Office to get the name and location of the practitioner who is closest to you.
Do I have to be engaged or married to learn?
No. We have many clients who are single women who are seeking to understand their fertility more clearly. It is beneficial to learn your chosen method before being married, although women and couples can learn at any time.
Do I have to have regular cycles to use the Creighton Model FertilityCare System?
No. One of the most pervasive myths about natural methods of birth regulation is that a woman has to have picture-perfect, 28-day cycles. Many women and couples choose to learn a form of NFP precisely because there are cycle irregularities or reproductive health problems for which they would like to find a cause. In the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, women often find the root cause of problems like pelvic pain, cramping, heavy menses, ovarian cysts, premenstrual syndrome, and infertility.
I want to learn, but I’m not Catholic. Can I still take the classes?
Yes. Many women and couples investigate these methods because they are safe, effective, and low cost. FertilityCare Practitioners will teach any woman or couple, regardless of their faith background. The Creighton Model FertilityCare System has a Catholic foundation, but the science and research that fuel the system can be used by anyone.
What if I can’t pay?
There is a sliding fee scale based on income for follow-up sessions, and all FertilityCare Practitioners will work with women and couples to find a way to make the system affordable.
Can I just buy a book and learn from that? Do I have to come to follow-up sessions?
Follow-up sessions are essential. While there are many good books that can explain the principles of natural birth regulation, only a trained FertilityCare Practitioner can take the science and apply it to your specific needs. We strongly encourage couples to come together to both introductory and follow-up sessions if it is at all possible.
How can this help me understand the cause of my infertility? Is this like using in vitro fertilization?
Charting the menstrual cycle is an excellent way to begin examining the cause of infertility. After charting the cycle, a FertilityCare Practitioner can identify biomarkers that may indicate various health problems like polycystic ovarian syndrome, hormone imbalances, and thyroid dysfunction. After meeting with a FertilityCare Practitioner, a woman or couple can then meet with a doctor who is trained in the system to seek medical treatment. There are three NaPro Technology doctors in our area – two in Salina and one in Abilene. Clients can also choose to seek treatment at the Pope Paul IV Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, which is run by the physician who began the Creighton Model FertilityCare System.
And using the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaPro Technology is not like in vitro fertilization. NaPro Technology doctors seek the root cause of infertility, and all of their methods (medications, treatments, and/or surgeries) are approved by the Catholic Church.
I might be interested in becoming a teacher. How do I do that?
The process is different for each method. Please contact the Family Life Office to learn more.