Sympto-Thermal Method (ST)
For the Sympto-Thermal Method of NFP, observations are made daily of the biomarkers of: cervical mucus, vaginal sensation, basal body temperature, and optional cervical changes, and recorded with symbols on a chart. Clients are taught to cross-check and interpret these signs to determine fertile and infertile phases in a cycle, and the rules for postponing or achieving pregnancy.
The Diocese of Phoenix offers three options for instruction in the Sympto-Thermal Method of NFP. Each of these options involves guidance from a trained NFP instructor who will offer feedback as you learn and help you interpret your charts as you apply the rules to use Natural Family Planning. The first two options are group instruction with either parent company, Northwest Family Services’ SymptoPro, or with our affiliates, Couple to Couple League International, whose certified instructors will share the class material via small group PowerPoint presentations, client-centered learning activities, and individual consultation for at least four sessions. After the formal classes are completed, follow-up meetings are scheduled to help provide client autonomy. Additional consultations are available as needed.
Another option is the online course completed entirely on the Internet as a self paced course. The only online course that is approved by the Diocese of Phoenix for marriage prep requirements is the Northwest Family Services’ SymptoPro course which is monitored in Phoenix by Diocese of Phoenix NFP teachers.
All modes will connect you to a certified instructor that is assigned to you.Communication with your instructor is critical to the complete understanding and correct application of NFP in your life. It is your responsibility to stay in touch with your instructor.
NWFS SymptoPro Online Services: Individuals requesting a refund who have not logged into an online course within 30 days of enrollment in the course or started an in-person class receive a complete refund less a $10 service fee and a $10 restocking fee. Packets must be returned unused within 30 days as well. Contact Northwest Family Services to request this partial refund. After 30 days, please contact Office of NFP at the Diocese of Phoenix to request a partial refund.
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