Pre-Conference NFP Forum

Answering the Call in the Encyclical Humanae vitae for Evidence-based Natural Family Planning

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 ~ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
InterContinental Dallas Hotel ~ Crystal Ballroom VIII
Cost per person $ 50.00
CME Credit TBD


Moderator: Kathleen Raviele, MD

Evidence for effectiveness of NFP methods to postpone pregnancy

Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, FAAFP

Discussion questions –

  • What does the current evidence tell us about effectiveness of the various methods?
  • What are the critical gaps in knowledge with respect to use of NFP when postponing?
  • Is there work currently underway to address these gaps?

Evidence for effectiveness in transition periods (postpartum/ breastfeeding, perimenopause)

Richard Fehring, PhD, RN

Discussion questions-

  • What can we state wrt effectiveness of various methods in postpartum women?
  • What can we state wrt effectiveness of various methods in peri-menopause?
  • Can we identify the critical gaps for each?

Impact of NFP on marital dynamics

Michael Manhart, PhD

Discussion questions-

  • Do marriages among NFP users differ in important ways from those using contraception?
  • How does the “complexity/difficulty” of NFP affect the relationship?
  • What is the impact of NFP on couples’ faith life?

Panel discussion  (all 3 presenters, with moderator) 

Summary, Conclusions, and Implications from today’s discussion

  • What are the priorities for future work?
  • What is the state of NFP 50 years on from Humane vitae?

Open forum Q&A from audience with the panel

  • What does the audience see as priorities for future work?