top of page

Marquette Model NFP

 Let us love, since that is what our hearts were made for.

 - St. Therese of Lisieux

Home: Welcome

Natural Family Planning

What is it?

Natural Family Planning is a holistic, non-contraceptive approach to tracking your fertility and planning your family size. Using your own body as a guide, NFP teaches you to read the signs of your fertility in order to cooperate with the beauty and rhythms of family life. Fertility is a natural state to be respected -- not a disease process to be managed.

Home: Text

Marquette Model NFP

Evidence-Based | Effective | Modern

  • The Marquette Model of Natural Family Planning, developed by nurses and physicians at Marquette University, incorporates the use of the ClearBlue Easy Ferility monitor, along with traditional markers of fertility, to provide clear, objective data about your cycle.

  • Only medical professionals with a Bachelor's degree or higher can teach this method -- because your fertility is healthcare!

  • Marquette is not a one-size-fits-all NFP method. Every woman has unique fertility needs and Marquette has protocols adapted to each particular need, from post-partum to perimenopause.

  • With proper instruction and use, Marquette is over 98% effective when using to avoid a pregnancy.

Home: Class Overview

Is NFP only for Catholics?

God-given fertility | Invaluable health data

While Marquette Model NFP is approved by the USCCB for Catholic couples wanting to fully adhere to the Church's teaching on love and marriage, fertility tracking is not merely an exercise in spirituality, nor is it only for Catholics. According to American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ACOG), a woman's cycle is considered her 5th vital sign -- it can provide as much invaluable health information as tracking your blood pressure! Not only should married couples looking for hormone and barrier-free ways of planning their families track their cycles, but young, single women looking to know and appreciate their fertility can use Marquette NFP as well. Tracking fertility can alert you to health problems early, and not just with reproduction, but also thyroid issues and hormone imbalances, just to name a few.

Marriage Prep

  • Learning Marquette fulfills the NFP requirements during your marriage prep. Depending on your diocese's preference, it may require 1 or more sessions.

  • Learn about the gift of your God-given fertility in accordance with Church teaching.

  • Discover how NFP strengthens marriages by fostering self-giving love. 

Family Fun

Family Planning/ Health Tracking

  • Whether trying to conceive, space, or avoid, Marquette NFP provides you with vital information regarding your cycle to help you as a couple discern how to cooperate with your fertility each month.

  • With each cycle tracked, you grow in knowledge about your own unique fertility, which enables you to catch possible abnormalities early, empowering you to actively participate in your own healthcare.

Home: Tests & Assignments
Black and White Star in Circle


Marquette is over 98% effective. But don't take my word for it-- check out the numerous research articles supporting the efficacy of this NFP method.

Home: Syllabus

Contact Me

Tonya Sauer, BSN RN
Marquette Model NFP Instructor

Elgin, IL

Image by Lukas Blazek
Home: Contact
Home: Blog Feed
bottom of page