1. Knowledge Base
  2. Natural Family Planning

Fertility Awareness for Teens and Single Women

Learning fertility awareness doesn’t mean teaching unmarried girls or women how to have sex and avoid getting pregnant. It means helping young women understand the gift of their bodies, how they work, and how to properly care for them. Studies have shown that teaching girls to identify the different phases in their reproductive cycle, the hormones involved, and how these signs impact their lives provides great benefit to their development and their ability to monitor their behaviors and maintain healthy relationships with family, peers, and teachers.

Additionally, learning Fertility Awareness empowers women and teens to advocate for their own health when they recognize something is unusual or concerning about their cycles. Women and teens learn to identify risk factors and symptoms related to health conditions otherwise treated with hormonal contraceptives or hormone-altering drugs, such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), severe pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), or uterine fibroids. A trained NFP instructor can help single women and teens learn to identify these signs and symptoms, and assist them in getting proper medical attention for these and other disorders.