Cristina Lopez-del Burgo
Although natural family planning (NFP) methods promote mutual responsibility on fertility care and have very high effectiveness, NFP is not usually included in medical education. Therefore, many physicians have inaccurate knowledge or do not give information about these methods to couples. To improve this situation, NFP teaching was introduced at the University of Navarra (Spain) in 90’s through an elective course about Sexuality and Human Reproduction. About two hundred students are enrolled each year. Teaching about fertility is also possible to secondary students through the compulsory courses of Biology. Besides university teaching, research projects about fertility and NFP are being developed in European countries and in the USA, and their results are being published in scientific journals. University is a necessary and useful setting to increase awareness about NFP as a real and actual alternative for couples.
Keyword(s): Teaching natural family planning, fertility, sexuality and human reproduction, university teaching.
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