Napro FAQ

Do I have to travel to Omaha, Nebraska to get treatment? No, there are napro trained doctors all over the world. Here is a list of doctors.

The following is a link to the appendix from Dr. Hilgers' new book The Napro Technology Revolution
It is a great  introduction to the Creighton model System.

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What is Natural Procreative Technology (NaPro, NPT)? Natural Procreative Technology, (also called  NaProTECHNOLOGY®, NaPro, or NPT)  is a new reproductive science that works cooperatively with the natural fertility [menstrual] cycle. It has been developed as a series of medical applications based on a standardized assessment of the biomarkers of the fertility [menstrual] cycle, known as the Creighton Model FertilityCare System. It can be used to evaluate and treat infertility, miscarriage, irregular bleeding, and many other women's health conditions.

How do I get started with NaProTECHNOLOGY?
You will need to see a Fertility Care Practitioner (teacher) to learn how to chart. Then you will submit your charts to the  NPT medical consultant. 

What is the role of the Fertility Care Practitioner (teacher) in NPT?
The Fertility Care Practitioner (FCP) will teach you the Creighton Model Fertility Care system, which allows you to 'NaProTrack' your fertility cycles.  You will see your FertilityCare practitioner regularly during your NaProTechnology treatment to help you keep track of changes in your cycle and progress in your fertility management.

What is the Creighton Model Fertility Care ™ System? The Creighton Model Fertility Care ™ System teaches couples to recognize, understand, and record the changes that occur during the fertility [menstrual] cycle. These changes [biomarkers] indicate whether the reproductive system is functioning normally or not. It also identifies ovulation and other key events. It is completely natural and cooperative with a woman's fertility [menstrual] cycle. 

What is the role of the medical consultant in NPT?
The NPT medical consultant has completed specialized training in NaPro Technology. They can interpret the information on your Fertility Care  charts, and use this information in the diagnosis, investigation, treatment and monitoring of your specific medical situation.

Is NaProTechnology (NPT) medicine or surgery?
NPT incorporates both medical and surgical treatments. Medical treatments may include medications, natural (bio-identical) hormones, or vitamins, to normalize ovulation and reproductive function. Some problems require specialized surgery for restoration of reproductive function.

 How is NaProTECHNOLOGY (NPT) used to evaluate and treat infertility? NPT is proving to be highly effective in treating couples with infertility. Couples use the Creighton Model FertilityCare System to identify abnormalities in their fertility [menstrual] cycle even before trying to conceive. Clinical signs [biomarkers] such as 3 or more days of brown menstrual bleeding, reduced quality and quantity of cervical mucus flow, premenstrual spotting, or abnormal lengths of time after ovulation, suggest possible causes for infertility. Many of these signs are missed with current gynaecologic evaluation. Hormonal evaluation guided by the couple's charting allows the NPT-trained physician to identify and treat subtle hormonal deficiencies that may otherwise be undetected. The goal with NaProTECHNOLOGY fertility treatment is to recognize reproductive abnormalities and correct them. Surgical intervention may be recommended to compliment medical treatment when necessary.

Does NPT use Artificial Insemination?
No. NPT supports and optimizes natural reproductive function, so that pregnancy can result from natural sexual intercourse.

Can NaProTECHNOLOGY help with male factor infertility?
Yes. If the primary diagnosis is a male factor, couples have had successful pregnancies using NaProTECHNOLOGY. Men with very low sperm counts or anti-sperm antibodies can be treated. Often, improvements in semen quality can be made by healthy lifestyle changes. A number of medical and surgical treatments can also improve semen quality and sperm function. Even if the sperm function is not ideal, evaluating and maximizing the woman's fertility cycle, together with ideal timing of intercourse will often result in pregnancy. The overall success rate for male factor infertility is around 40%.
What is the difference between using NaProTECHNOLOGY (NPT) for infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), including In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)? There is a fundamental difference in approach. NPT identifies what is not working and fixes it, so that conception and pregnancy can occur naturally in vivo [in the body]. ART and related approaches bypass the problem and make a baby in vitro [outside the body]. Many of the issues (cost, side effects, ethical concerns) raised by ART are not a problem with NPT.

Can NaProTECHNOLOGY help prevent miscarriage?
NPT identifies miscarriage as an abnormality rather than a common normal reproductive event. Furthermore it recognises that there are underlying causes to each miscarriage, even though the causes may not always be identifiable. NPT fully evaluates the possible causes of even one miscarriage and in fact prefers to identify and correct abnormalities before any miscarriage occurs.
Clinical signs [biomarkers] from the couple's fertility chart suggest possible reasons for miscarriage. Hormonal evaluation guided by the couple's charting allows the NPT-trained physician to identify and treat hormonal deficiencies to reduce the risk of even one miscarriage occurring, or in the case of women who have suffered recurrent miscarriages, reducing the risk of another miscarriage.