June 12, 2006

The Natural Family Planning "Rosary"?

These “CycleBeads” (a brand name) help a woman track her cycle and identify the days she could become pregnant and the days when pregnancy is most unlikely. This particular method of family planning is more than 95% effective when used correctly by a woman whose menstrual cycles are regular and between 26 and 32 days in length. [Note well. Women whose cycles are irregular or outside this range would best use other natural methods of family planning instead of CycleBeads or together with them.] The day a woman starts her period she puts the ring on the red bead. Each day she moves the ring ahead by one bead. When the ring is on the red bead or a dark bead, there is very low likelihood of pregnancy. When the ring is on a white bead— days 8 through 19— there is a high likelihood of achieving pregnancy.

CycleBeads were developed by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University [link by clicking: here]. This institute develops and tests natural family planning methods.

Cyclebeads has its own website.
Click HERE for it.


Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

Did I read something recenty where Pope Benedict made critical comments (of some type) regarding those couples that use natural family planning to limit the number of children they have?

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

Ref above:

According to American Papist, it wasn't his holiness himself, but the Pontifical Council for the Family in a document titled "Family and Human Procreation."

I didn't read the document, but the highlighted blurbs sound interesting.

I can't help but wonder if this particular criticism of natural family planning has something to do with current birthrates of Muslims and Christians.

Wow, hope that doesn't sound cynical.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

I would say "keeping up with the Muslims" is not the motive for the criticism.

The criticism would be that NFP can be used for overtly contraceptive motives.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Fr Tim Finigan said...

I have to say it seems strange that after all the research on Natural Family Planning over the last 30 years, Georgetown University would come up with what is essentially the Rhythm Method. Blessed Mother Teresa's sisters taught the more effective Billings method to people who needed to know. Your caveat is very important.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Fr. Tim,

First of all, I'm flattered that you visit my blog.

I've now added emphasis and more details to my "caveat". Thank you.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Doogie said...

My wife and I use the sympto-thermal method, which is like the Billings method with a few bells and whistles added on, for greater effectiveness.

We have four children now (if you count the one miscarriage, which we most certainly do) and have no plans on being done.

But the use of NFP to exclusively prohibit conception, and never being open life, is a violation of Catholic marriage vows, and while not necessarily a strict contributor to the culture of death, is definitely somewhat zombie-like. Fertility is a blessing, and the more kids we have the less likely we'll be tossed in a nursing home!

2:23 PM  

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