Natural fertility regulation is the way a woman interprets her natural signs of fertility to become pregnant or avoid pregnancy. Also called the Billings Ovulation Method, developed by Drs John and Evelyn Billings. The method has been accepted even in China with great success but there are many in the West who find it too much trouble and prefer the artificial means and possible risks to health.
Times' article shows how the couple can have more satisfaction in their
married life, add more meaning to their sexual love relationship and
family by using the natural method of fertility regulation. Lee Theresa
the representative of the Korean Happy Family Movement stresses that
the natural method of birth regulation opens one to see the wonders in
the gift that God has given us, to understand the gift, and
strengthens the love of the couple.
Both husband and wife accept the natural cycle of fertility and work
with it. They go beyond the bodily pleasure to achieve a oneness in their spiritual understanding and concern for
each other, and in temperance, grow in respect for one another. In
practicing NFR the couples notice a positive change in their
relationship. Theresa wants it known that "conversation between the
couple increases, sensitive issues are discussed.They learn other ways
of expressing their love, more than with the emotions they become more
intimate and there is a greater respect for themselves."
are many who have a wrong understanding of the natural fertility
method: too complicated, difficult to learn, the period of
abstinence is long, an unreliable method of regulation etc..The
biggest misunderstanding, she says, is the use only to avoid pregnancy
or to avoid artificial means.
Catholics despite the teaching of the Church are ignorant of the method
or are lazy or do not understand what real love between the couple
should entail. This is not only true, she laments, of the couples but
pharmaceutical companies and doctors who recommend the quick and easy
methods of preventing pregnancy.
can one ignore the feeling of love that arises and refrain from
expressing this in the sexual act? She believes that those who think
this way confuse love and the sexual act as the same, and in extreme
cases there are those that see them as opposite to each other.
all have a respect for life but do not know concrete ways to realize
this in our lives.There are many cases in married life where sexuality
becomes a problem. The understanding of each others sexuality and the
changes that occur are not always easy to accept.
conclusion of the article, Theresa says that couples who use the
natural methods are giving the children a wonderful lesson in sex
education. Like the lessons given by the parents at the weekly
attendance at Mass, natural family regulation practiced by the parents
will be an important aspect of family life.