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Jamie Rathjen

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Transcript of PMR NFP TALK

Jamie Rathjen
M.A. Community Health Education

Justin Rathjen
Middle School Teacher
The Truth About
Natural Family Planning

If its not broke, don't fix it
Natural Family Planning
Butterfly effect
What happens when the Natural Law is tampered with?
In regards to relationships and marriage, how would you say it has changed throughout the years? What issues, specifically in regards to marriage and babies are often discussed?
When conception begins...
sperm. meets.egg =
Unique human formed
Four Prophesies Pope Paul VI made if contraception became widespread:
1. Infidelity and Moral Decline
2. Lost Respect for Women
3. Abuse of Power
4. Unlimited Dominion
* We are made in the
image and likeness
of God.
* God sent his son as a
...as human, flesh and bone
* Our human bodies are
as this reality intricately connects us to
*We serve as co-creators!
*Our bodies are both
physical and spiritual-
these are interconnected!
*This is why Satan hates us,
we remind him of Jesus
...his goal is to diminish Jesus's followers, ex: same sex marriage,contraception, has convinced us our fertility is shameful
"The reason is that the fundamental nature of the marriage act, while uniting husband and wife in the closest intimacy, also renders them capable of generating new life—and this as a result of laws written into the actual nature of man and of woman. And if each of these essential qualities, the unitive and the procreative, is preserved, the use of marriage fully retains its sense of true mutual love and its ordination to the supreme responsibility of parenthood to which man is called. " (HV, par 12)
Dr. Hilgers responded to Pope Paul VI's call in HV. "
To Scientists

24. Our next appeal is to
men of science
. These can "considerably advance the welfare of marriage and the family and also peace of conscience, if by pooling
their efforts they strive to elucidate more thoroughly the conditions favorable to a proper regulation of births
." (28) It is supremely desirable, and this was also the mind of Pius XII,
that medical science should by the study of natural rhythms succeed in determining a sufficiently secure basis for the chaste limitation of offspring
. (29) In this way scientists, especially those who are Catholics, will by their research establish the truth of the Church's claim that "
there can be no contradiction between two divine laws—that which governs the transmitting of life and that which governs the fostering of married love.
" (30)
1 Corinthians 7: 4-6
4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
God created us

The Natural Law(s of attraction)
What happens when this "law" is tampered with?
The Beauty of Our Body
Natural Solutions
A NATURAL approach to your fertility:
Creighton Model FertilityCare System

*Fertility Appreciation
Avoiding effectiveness: 99%
Achieving effectiveness: 98% for couples
desiring pregnancy within first 6 months
of using
Cycle irregularity? Naprotechnology
The Natural Law(s of attraction)
Pheromones: An odorless molecule that attracts various species to one another. Attraction is meant to enhance the animal kingdom by allowing for strong/intelligent individuals to be attracted to one another.

T-shirt study...
aqua life
"organic diet"
cancer rates
lowered sex drive, increased depression
headaches, blood clots
The World operates in cycles
The Lord's intention
for his creation.
Our participation
in the Lord's Eternal
Intrinsically evil acts will
ALWAYS have bad consequences
as it violates the dignity of
the human person.
unbreakable connection
We are
with God! Only species on Earth that work with God to
create a soul
. As Janet Smith says, "When a man and woman have a child together, it's an act that
changes the cosmos
: something has come into existence that will never pass out of existence; each soul is immortal and is destined for immortal life."
In sex, we allow God an opportunity to perform His creative act.
Contraception says "no" to God.
In Sum:
1) God created us as CO-CREATORS! Such beauty in this reality!
2) God's plan for each of our natural bodies should not be disrupted..butterfly effect!
3) Pope Paul VI spoke prophetically about how contraception would affect society--he was right!
4) Satan works "to the bone" to keep us from creating new life. Convinces women that we are just an instrument for pleasure.
5) Sex is both unitive and procreative
6) Your body is NOT broken, fertility is a gift!
7) If interested in learning NFP, contact instructors! In order to practice most effectively, it is important that you have someone walking you through the steps and answering your questions.
Symptothermal Method

Works in one of three ways...
Russ and Kathy Vandaele

Increased divorce rate..? (less than 5% divorce rate within NFP users)
What comes to mind when you think of NFP?
Let's start from the beginning and crack these myths..
What IS NFP?
What it's NOT
How it works...
a natural system used for tracking fertility and using this information to naturally plan/avoid pregnancy
effective, safe, inexpensive
Healthy for mind, body, spirit AND marriage
It's NOT the "rhythm" method
It's NOT "old school"
It's not taught at med school BUT Naprotechnology is gaining recognition (more on this later)
It's NOT shared as an option for women
Cycles vary from woman to woman and from cycle to cycle. The thought that a woman "should" have a 28 day cycle has plagued medical community for years
Indicators of fertility and infertility:
changing of the cervix
changes of cervical mucus
temperature shifts
fern patterns (saliva)
abdominal pain
Body and spirit are intrinsically interwoven
Visit ccli.org for class offerings
- 3 classes
-group setting
-temp, cervical position, mucus observations
Why do this?
Body and soul interwoven, you WILL benefit from this
Barriers (hormonal/condom) falsification of conjugal love. Sex= language of the body, when barriers are introduced, its like your bodies are lying to each other
Communication..keeping an openness to life, letting God work in His timing (taking pill takes away freedom to change mind in middle of month)
honeymoon effect
"sex" problems,
I.E. Women has lowered sex drive, the pill she is on is causing her to be moody and gain weight, she is having problems with self image therefore, she doesn't want sex. Husband feels rejected, sex does not happen .. Is there a problem with this? Women is on the pill so she CAN have sex, yet sex does not happen as often as this couple anticipated VERSUS.. Woman and man WANT each other, but has mutually decided this month is not the time for a child, woman is NOT ingesting artificial hormones affecting mood and weight, husband does NOT feel rejected. Couples anticipate infertile time when they engage in intercourse and intercourse is awesome, they both feel loved.
Chocolate tastes better when you wait for it...first thing is first, couples first must understand intimacy in more ways than just genital..we are more than walking penis's and vagina's!
Partner talk time:
Is family planning something you feel comfortable discussing? Why or Why not?

Handout and Resources in folder...
An Empowering Approach to Fertility and Relationship Building
One large group presentation, 8 appointments over course of year, one-on-one.
ME! Jamie Rathjen
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