The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM)-Region I enjoins everyone in celebrating the Natural Family Planning Month this month of May with the theme “Ang Pamilyang Planado, Panalo.”

Though the community quarantine in Region 1 will be lifted in May 16, people are still encouraged to stay at home unless they need to go to work or to buy essential needs. People’s limited mobility may hamper their access to family planning services and commodities which may result into unplanned pregnancies.

Given this, POPCOM encourages couples that they have also the option to practice Natural Family Planning (NFP) that do not require drugs, injections, devices, or operations, but the changing body signals/symptoms indicating their period of fertility and infertility.

In addition, NFP methods are free, inexpensive, and easy to learn and use. Couples only need each other’s participation and discipline after going through a counseling by a trained FP service provider. These methods foster positive communication between the couple, for the man learns to know the woman during her physical and hormonal changes, and the woman appreciates the man’s attention to her individuality and acceptance of her cyclical fertility. NFP methods are also reversible, which means that the methods can be used any time to plan or avoid a pregnancy.

For more information on the different family planning methods, you may reach POPCOM–Region I Helpline through the following: FB page (Commission on Population and Development–Region 1), telephone (072-607-3334), and mobile phones (Smart-09125253464/Globe-09957395142). (Mae Grace C. Menguita/POPCOM-I)