NFP for fornicators? Saw this on one of National Catholic Register’s blogs. It’s interesting, at least towards the end - I just wish they would’ve made a different title for the entry. It starts as kind of the same old same old, with anti-life folk slamming NFP while soft pedaling the fatal flaws of Artificial Birth Control. But then near the end, they talk about how some in the mainstream are starting to actually use NFP as a real alternative to birth control. Not actually in a moral way, but … could it be a start towards something … well, if not good, better?
"The anchor seems about ready to wrap things up, but then begins an interview with Olga Khazan, the author of “Return of the Rhythm Method,” a 2014 article published in The Atlantic. I was surprised by Khazan’s straightforward reporting of this new trend and found her article online.
“Tired of condoms and the Pill, many women are turning to new apps that help them practice one of the oldest forms of contraception,” the article explains.
"Becca began using Daysy in June after stints on the Pill and on Nuvaring, the hormonal vaginal ring. (All of the women in this story asked me to use only their first names.) Both methods caused mood changes that she found unsettling, such as bouts of unexplained crying, and the Pill made her nauseous nearly every morning. She and her boyfriend had been together for a while, so although he was wary of “natural” contraception at first, the Pill’s nasty effects on Becca persuaded him to give it a try.
“Becca has about 10 ‘green’ days a month, and at other times, the couple uses condoms,” Khazan reports, as she describes some of the new apps that techies have developed for charting a woman’s cycle.
"Okay. So Becca isn’t exactly on the same page as Archbishop Cruz or Pope St. John Paul II. But couples that practice NFP know that the process can shift the spouses’ thinking about the whole context of their relationship.
“Maybe Becca’s life is about to be upended. Maybe we need to find a way to present an holistic vision of life to young women like her.”