GYN prescribes natural family planning in practice

  1. I know Natural Family Planning (NFP) is not mainstream, but in my opinion it's the healthiest option for couples who are able to do it. Interesting article about a doctor who only will prescribe it.

    http://www.catholic.org/hf/marriage/story.php?id=19006


    ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. - For Dr. Daniel Greene, there's no more debating the point: God made the human body, and he knows what's best for it.

    As a result, Greene, a gynecologist and member of St. Mary of the Hills Parish in the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills, has decided that natural family planning is the only form of birth control he will prescribe...
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   imenid37
    There is an NFP only practice in Camp Hill PA too. It is affiliated w/ Holy Spirit Hospital. I do not have the discipline needed for NFP. I think if couples want this method, it is great they can have someone who shares their values and is very knowledgeable.
  4. by   PANurseRN1
    I hope he makes that crystal clear to any new pts. before they go through the trouble of making an appt., only to be refused contraceptives. I would be furious if I took time out of my day for an appt. only to be told I couldn't have BCP, then be charged for the visit on top of it. I'd refuse to pay, then dare him to send the bill to collections.
  5. by   subee
    Quote from imenid37
    There is an NFP only practice in Camp Hill PA too. It is affiliated w/ Holy Spirit Hospital. I do not have the discipline needed for NFP. I think if couples want this method, it is great they can have someone who shares their values and is very knowledgeable.
    I agree with you - it requires a major commitment and you have to have a high tolerance for failure.
  6. by   traumaRUs
    I worked for a large Catholic hospital and that is all their MDs were allowed to even discuss with pts.
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    The only 100% effective birth control method is abstinence. NFP doesn't even come close........and those who have a "high tolerance for failure" are generally best known as 'parents'.:uhoh21:

    I'm OK with the fact that this MD refuses to prescribe artificial birth control to his patients. That is his right, and if his patients disagree, they can always find another doctor. But I think anyone who claims NFP is anything more than a gussied-up game of Baby Roulette is fooling him/herself; if you are fertile and need effective birth control, you'd best consider one of the mechanical methods, or be prepared to spend most of your adult life watching Letterman.
  8. by   GardenDove
    It's proponents claim otherwise, if you adhere to it properly. I think that's the key and also the difficulty.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    In my younger "hippie" days I refused to put chemicals in my body (bcp's) or plastic caps or plastic rubber things . . . . .

    I learned about NFP on campus at the student med center . . taught by women who read "Our Bodies, Ourselves".

    I learned more about my body as a young college student than I'd ever known. I used NFP (it isn't that hard to do) for 5 years and did not get pregnant. (I was married and had sex frequently ).

    When I got older and less hippy-ish I used BCP's and then diaphragms . . . . . . . .my two oldest children are "diaphragm babies". My youngest is a "condom baby".

    I say teach NFP, give women some education about their bodies. It makes you more responsible, imo.

    And I agree with the doc being able to do this . . .and if his patients want more birth control options, they can find another doc. No one holds you hostage.

    I plan on at least teaching my daughter about this.

    steph

    edited to add . . . .we made #3 on purpose . . our dd.
  10. by   Chaya
    NFP is best suited for women whose cycles are very regular and predictable.
  11. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from stevielynn

    I learned about NFP on campus at the student med center . . taught by women who read "Our Bodies, Ourselves".

    I learned more about my body as a young college student than I'd ever known. I used NFP (it isn't that hard to do) for 5 years and did not get pregnant. (I was married and had sex frequently ).



    I say teach NFP, give women some education about their bodies. It makes you more responsible, imo.



    I plan on at least teaching my daughter about this.

    steph
    The practice of knowing about your own personal fertility isn't difficult at all. I can't believe how ignorant I was to my own body I was before I started using this. For me, I was taught by the book "taking charge of your fertility'. As a person dealing with infertility, it is a lifesaver, and gives me the 100% best chances for conception. This knowledge alone will save me thousands of dollars in tests designed for couples with infertility. I already know I ovulate, I have an adequate luteal phase, I have a normal period, and I know exactly when to 'get busy' because it is obvious when the egg is coming, I would know when I get pregnant, and I would know if I miscarried-all from a teeny bit of knowledge about me! Plus, it takes me about 30 seconds in the am just to gather all of this info. Priceless!

    That's why this method is so interesting, because it can both aide and prevent a baby.

    Quote from Chaya
    NFP is best suited for women whose cycles are very regular and predictable.
    Not true at all! Women with very regular cycles are the ones who probably need to use it the least. This method of knowing your body is perfect for all women.

    Besides, almost every woman-every woman-has the same length of their cycle after they ovulate (the luteal phase). That phases only varies by a day at most.

    That's what these methods teach. After a little education to our own bodies, we find that we are't as 'un'-regular as we previously thought.
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    The practice of knowing about your own personal fertility isn't difficult at all. I can't believe how ignorant I was to my own body I was before I started using this. For me, I was taught by the book "taking charge of your fertility'. As a person dealing with infertility, it is a lifesaver, and gives me the 100% best chances for conception. This knowledge alone will save me thousands of dollars in tests designed for couples with infertility. I already know I ovulate, I have an adequate luteal phase, I have a normal period, and I know exactly when to 'get busy' because it is obvious when the egg is coming, I would know when I get pregnant, and I would know if I miscarried-all from a teeny bit of knowledge about me! Plus, it takes me about 30 seconds in the am just to gather all of this info. Priceless!

    That's why this method is so interesting, because it can both aide and prevent a baby.



    Not true at all! Women with very regular cycles are the ones who probably need to use it the least. This method of knowing your body is perfect for all women.

    Besides, almost every woman-every woman-has the same length of their cycle after they ovulate (the luteal phase). That phases only varies by a day at most.

    That's what these methods teach. After a little education to our own bodies, we find that we are't as 'un'-regular as we previously thought.
    Your post is right on target.

    Those are banana milkshakes with whipped cream on top, btw.

    steph
  13. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from mjlrn97
    The only 100% effective birth control method is abstinence. NFP doesn't even come close........and those who have a "high tolerance for failure" are generally best known as 'parents'.:uhoh21:

    I'm OK with the fact that this MD refuses to prescribe artificial birth control to his patients. That is his right, and if his patients disagree, they can always find another doctor. But I think anyone who claims NFP is anything more than a gussied-up game of Baby Roulette is fooling him/herself; if you are fertile and need effective birth control, you'd best consider one of the mechanical methods, or be prepared to spend most of your adult life watching Letterman.
    Ditto THAT!

    A healthy dose of "under stand your body" can never hurt anyone.

    I'm just not 'comfortable' with restricting choices available to individuals. Persuasion is - and should always - be the key... not COERCION*.

    My 2 cents on the topic,




    * : Withholding information on other choices and options and alternatives IS coercion.

    PPS: Yes, this if from a "guys" point of view - not that I really think it matters anyhow *shrug*. I wish more men were involved with these things - but I don't think it diminishes my arguments any less.
  14. by   GardenDove
    There's plenty of info out there, it's not a secret that there are artificial methods available. What does seem to be supressed is fertility awareness methods. Drug companies don't make any money off of it, that's for certain.

    This doctor has every right to practice medicine in accordance with his beliefs. His pts aren't being forced to continue seeing him. Actually, the opposite is true, most doctors do not support or offer NFP in their practices.

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