Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 267, Issue 2, pp 67–71 | Cite as

Opinion: Natural family planning and the management of infertility

  • C. Gnoth
  • Petra Frank-Herrmann
  • Günter Freundl
Original Article

Abstract 

Reproductive behaviour in modern western society has changed dramatically in the last two decades. Parenthood is now well planned. If planned pregnancies do not occur as expected, early infertility care is often demanded with the risk of over-treatment. Live birth rates in untreated subfertile couples reach nearly 55% in 36 months. During this period, self-monitoring with natural family planning (NFP) methods may be all that is necessary, especially in couples with unexplained infertility.

Keywords Natural family planning Infertility treatment Natural fecundability Ovulation detection Fertile window 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Gnoth
    • 1
  • Petra Frank-Herrmann
    • 1
  • Günter Freundl
    • 1
  1. 1.German NFP Study Group at the University of Düsseldorf and Department for Reproductive Medicine, Kliniken der Stadt Düsseldorf gGmbH, Academic Teaching Hospital of the University of Düsseldorf, Urdenbacher Allee 83, 40593 Düsseldorf, Germany e-mail: gnoth@uni-duesseldorf.deDE

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