[quote=DVIN CKS]Just curious to know if there is anyone out there who, for whatever reason isn’t able to use the NFP method to avoid conception? Do you and your spouse practice 100% abstinence? I’m curious because the Church takes such a firm stand on its teaching that only NFP or other “natural” methods of birth control are allowed. What do couples do when these natural methods are not suitable to there situation (i.e. women who claim that their cycles/signs are very irregular making tracking almost impossible). Let’s assume for the sake of argument here that the couple have already been educated in NFP and find that it still isn’t a viable option for birth control. Is their only option at this point to practice total abstinence? I believe the answer would be yes. Am I right?
Anyone out there in a marriage where total abstinence is being practiced?
I haven’t ever heard of anyone where the tracking of cycles is impossible. For some women, the irregularity of cycles combined with very serious reasons for avoiding pregnancy, might make the “safe” days fewer than the couple finds acceptable. Some lifestyle changes are also called for in order to get reliable readings, such as clothing, care with OTC medications etc. If a woman really was unable to identify any safe days in her cycle and had serious reasons, then yes, the couple would need to discern if a longer period of abstinence was called for. Keep in mind that women are not fertile forever, so even “total” abstinence, doens’t mean perpetual. The issues that hinder charting could be resolved as well.
There are many times during a marriage where abstinence for varying periods of time may be called for. Using your example “for the sake of argument”, this could be one of them.
I think we need a moderator’s “call” on your last question.