NFP Strengthens Marriages
Do you want to increase your odds of staying married? Practice NFP! Divorce is practically non-existent for couples who practice NFP!
NFP requires a couple to be in regular communication regarding their shared fertility. Honest and open communication is an essential element to every loving and lasting marriage. NFP also helps couples accept each other for who they are and treat each other with mutual respect. Furthermore, when a couple has discerned a need to avoid conception, the periods of abstinence provide opportunities to grow in other expressions of intimacy (e.g. emotional, intellectual, and spiritual intimacy). These aspects of using NFP help foster a strong couple relationship.
A scientific survey was conducted under the direction of a reputable independent statistician, Dr. Robert Lerner from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics.
The results presented from the three surveys analyzed revealed that compared to other women in general and to Catholic women of similar age, NFP users:
- have a dramatically low (0.2%) divorce rate;
- experience happier marriages;
- are happier and more satisfied in their everyday lives;
- have considerably more marital relations;
- share a deeper intimacy with spouse than those who contracept;
- realize a deeper level of communication with spouse;
- have relatively large families with many children;
- are appreciably more religious and attend church more often;
- incorporate prayer more in their daily lives;
- rely strongly on the teachings of the Church, the Bible and Almighty God;
- are personally happier;
- have strong traditional, social, and moral views;
- preserve the family unit more responsibly than the other groups;.
- are unlikely to have ever had an abortion;
- are unlikely to have ever cohabitated;
- are unlikely to work full time;
- are unlikely to be supportive of and to engage in sex outside of marriage;
“Marriage and conjugal love are by their nature ordained toward the begetting and educating of children. Children are really the supreme gift of marriage and contribute very substantially to the welfare of their parents.” Humanae Vitae 9.
- Wilson, Mercedes Arzu; “The Practice of Natural Family Planning versus the Use of Artificial Birth Control: Family, Sexual and Moral Issues.” The Catholic Social Science Review, vol. VII, November 2002, pp. 185-211. www.lifeissues.net/writers/wils/wils_01naturalfamilyplanning1.html