THE MARQUETTE METHOD
Classes in the Marquette Method of Natural Family Planning with Lisa Gesterling, MS, CNM, WHNP-BC
The Marquette Method is a type of natural family planning (NFP). Couples observe and track signs of fertility. Equipped with that information, couples can then change their behaviors to avoid or achieve pregnancy.
The Marquette Method uses two main indicators to determine fertility: cervical mucus observations and urinary hormone measurements. One or both signs are tracked based on user preference, and then combined with a simple protocol to determine the days pregnancy is possible.
LOVE YOUR SPOUSE FULLY
Using Natural Family Planning allows you to give yourself fully to your spouse without placing any barriers, whether chemical or physical, between each other. This means your love is authentic and respects the truth of the human person.
AVOID PREGNANCY EFFECTIVELY
The Marquette Method has demonstrated high effectiveness for couples avoiding pregnancy in several studies, with typical use effectiveness over 98% among women in regular cycles.
HELP ACHIEVE PREGNANCY
Charting your fertility will help you identify your most fertile days, and can reduce the time to achieve pregnancy, or help you time conception better. Knowing your peak in fertility can even give you a better estimate of your due date.
KNOW YOUR BODY AND YOUR HEALTH
Healthy cycles are a strong indicator of overall health. Some health issues can be identified in charting, and Marquette instructors, as healthcare professionals, are able to give you recommendations within their scope of practice and guide you on where to find medical treatment that respects your fertility.
Couples who are expecting or have recently had a baby and would like to avoid pregnancy will learn how to apply the Marquette Method breastfeeding protocols. Additional follow-up is offered to breastfeeding women through 6 cycles of charting.
Couples who require a certificate of completion for marriage preparation can schedule a second session with their instructor to look more closely at special circumstances that may arise through the reproductive years and discuss the benefits of natural family planning within marriage.
A certificate of completion will be provided after the couple has completed 2 follow-up meetings.
INTRODUCTION TO THE MARQUETTE METHOD
New users of the Marquette Method will learn the basics of fertility, natural family planning, and how to apply the Marquette Method in regular cycles to either avoid or achieve pregnancy.
After your introductory class, you may contact your instructor for follow-up as needed for a minimum of one full year. This can be especially beneficial as you move from the theory of NFP while engaged, to the practice of NFP while married, or during postpartum or perimenopause transitions. After one year, you have the option to continue services with ongoing consultation for an additional fee.