Thank you for your interest in Marquette Fertility Education!

Natural Family Planning is a holistic and healthy way of planning a family. NFP is the ability to monitor fertility and to modify behaviors according to the intention of either achieving or avoiding pregnancy.

The Marquette Model (MM) system of NFP brings 21st century technology to NFP by using the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor, a device used at home which measures hormone levels in urine to estimate the beginning and end of the time of fertility in a women's menstrual cycle. The information from the monitor can be used in conjunction with observations of cervical mucus, basal body temperature, or other biological indicators of fertility. Couples are empowered to use one or several indicators, “what works best for them” with the guidance of a professional nurse-instructor.

The MM was developed by professional nurses and physicians at Marquette University in the late 1990s. A study published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing demonstrated a 97-98% efficacy of the MM in avoiding pregnancy when taught by a qualified teacher and correctly applied. The method is successful in helping couples achieve pregnancy too. A recent (2013) published study in the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing demonstrated that 87% of couples became pregnant using the Marquette Method (studied over 12 months).

Natural Family Planning is for: 

  • Couples seeking to space pregnancies
  • Couples struggling with infertility
  • Breastfeeding women
  • Peri-menopausal women
  • Women with regular or irregular cycles
  • Women experiencing health problems such as hormone imbalance or PMS


Safe and Natural


Fertility Appreciation

Increased Communication

Mutual Decision-Making

Strengthens Marriages