Natural Family Planning


Effectiveness Study on Two Internet-based Natural Family Planning Methods


In 2006, the staff of the INFP completed a multisite effectiveness and satisfaction of use of the Marquette Method of NFP-research project.

In April 2007, a pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of the use of an online NFP education and service program for couples administered by professional nurses at Marquette University began and is ongoing. 

In February 2009, the institute launched a federally funded “Effectiveness Study on Two Internet-based Natural Family Planning Methods” for couples wishing to avoid a pregnancy for one year. To be eligible, couples must be in regular cycles and have access to the Internet (see the above link for more details). After the couple registers, they will be randomly assigned to learn and chart the signs of: mucus or urinary hormones. A ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor will be awarded to the couple assigned to the hormonal monitoring group within a few weeks after registration. Couples assigned to the mucus observation group will receive a ClearBlue Easy Fertility monitor when they have completed the study.


Professional innovative NFP services:

The Marquette University College of Nursing has been providing professional services in NFP since 1985. In 1999, a new method of NFP was developed at Marquette that integrates new technology (the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor — Unipath Diagnostics) with traditional natural biological markers of fertility.


Professional collaboration:

The Marquette University College of Nursing's INFP also collaborates with the DDP/USCCB in editing and writing current medical research (CMR), a supplement of the NFP forum. CMR is published biannually through the DDP/NFP, USCCB.


The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center

The center is designed as a nurse managed health center, under the auspices of the Marquette University College of Nursing, providing community access to health care services while enhancing educational opportunities for nursing students. Learn more about MNHC.