Natural Family Planning

It’s safe, healthy, effective, environmentally sound, inexpensive and nurtures your relationship! 

Natural Family Planning (NFP) refers to methods for achieving or avoiding pregnancy through knowledge and charting of fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. This is done through observing certain biological markers that correlate with fertility. Research shows Natural Family Planning methods to have 99.5% method effectiveness in avoiding pregnancy.

Natural Family Planning also enables a woman to both monitor and manage her gynaecological health throughout her entire reproductive life. Information obtained through charting biological markers can be used by medical consultants (FertilityCare) using the new reproductive science NaProTechnology to treat and diagnose gynaecological problems such as infertility, PCOS, irregular cycles and endometriosis with great success.

Natural family planning recognises fertility as a normal healthy function of a woman’s body. It is free of drugs and devices, using knowledge to empower couples to understand how to work co-operatively with their fertility rather than suppress it. The method itself encourages couples to nurture their communication and cooperation with one another in all aspects of their sexuality.

Would you like to learn how to chart your fertility naturally with 99.5% effectiveness?
 Contact FertilityCare practitioner for the Diocese of Broken Bay
Katie Fullilove or 02 9847 0486

Natural Fertility Upcoming Events

Natural Fertility Conference

16-18 September 2016, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

Theme: Restoring Fertility Holistically

Attached is a flyer and preliminary program.  For more information go to:              

Natural Fertility Information Sessions

Are you interested in managing your fertility naturally and looking for a method that is 99.5% effective? Are you or someone you love struggling with infertility and looking to treat your reproductive system in a holistic and effective way? To hear about the current approach to effectively managing fertility naturally for yourself or just to be informed please contact Caitlin Byrne, Fertility Care Practitioner at  

Broken Bay Youth School Events

Education sessions offered to year 12 female students as part of the Broken Bay Youth Ministry Events. The sessions focus on empowering our young women to make healthy choices for their long term fertility and understanding how their fertility can be effectively managed in married life through knowledge of their biology.

  • No sessions are currently planned.  To find out more please email Caitlin at

Past Events

Natural Fertility Information Sessions

Wine and cheese night for married couples without children

  • Holy Name Parish Wahroonga, 17th October 2015

FertilityCare for infertility, reproductive disorders and effective family planning

  • An education session presented to the Catholic Women’s League Kincumber, 15th September 2015

The beauty and science of female biology and how to care for it in the long term

  • Mercy College Chatswood, Monday, 10th August 2015

Introduction to FertilityCare for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Mothers

  • Our Lady of Dolours meeting room, 9.30am Friday, 27th February 2015

Update on current offerings of natural fertility options for parishioners in Broken Bay Diocese

Presentations conducted for all clergy of Broken Bay Diocese on the current scientific approach to natural fertility services in effectively managing family size and treating reproductive disorders and how to refer parishioners. Offered to Clergy in 2014 / 2015.

National Fertility Conference

19 - 21 September 2014 
John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne
A nationwide fertility conference that brings together both medical practitioners and Natural fertility teachers to share current research and approaches to the field of reproductive health.

The Mystery of your Fertility

Afternoon tea & information session for Frassati bushwalking group & friends
Saturday 30th August 2014, 3-4pm, St. Leonard’s parish hall, Naremburn

Methods of Natural Family Planning

There are 3 main methods of Natural Family Planning:

  1. FertilityCare, Creighton Model System: Uses observations of cervical mucus.Developed by Dr.Hilgers. This method can also be used in combination with NaProtechnology to treat and diagnose infertility and other gynaecological issues. For more information visit: 
  2.  Sympto-thermal method: Uses observations of cervical mucus and temperature changes. For more information visit:
  3. Billings Ovulation Method: Uses observations of cervical mucus. Developed by Drs John and Evelyn Billings. For more information visit:  



Download the brochure "Contraception & Natural Fertility Methods" [PDF/2MB]                                                                                                          


Did you know the World Health Organisation listed the oral contraceptive Pill as a carcinogen in 2005? As stated in the IARC’s review, the use of combined oral contraceptives increase the risk of cervical, breast and liver cancer.


  • Oral Contraceptives increase risk for breast cancer “A meta-analysis published in the October issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings indicts oral contraceptives as putting premenopausal women at significantly increased risk for breast cancer, especially women who use them prior to having a child.” 

For more information on NFP or referral to a NFP practitioner near you please contact:

Caitlin Byrne
NFP Educator Officer
Telephone: 9847 0486

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Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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