Natural Procreative Technology (NaProTechnology) is a medical approach to woman’s gynaecological health that integrates information from the woman’s cycle with other medical tests.
For medicine to use the woman’s cycle information, this information has to be recorded in an interpretable way. The development of the Creighton Model FertilityCare charting system was fundamental to the development of NaProTechnology as it provided, for the first time, a sufficiently precise way of capturing the woman’s cycle pattern.
NaProTechnology was developed in the early 1990’s as a result of decades of detailed study of women’s cycles. During this time it became apparent that women with similar medical complaints presented with similar charting patterns. Once these women were offered medical treatment the results were reflected on their charts.
During NaProTechnology and/or Naturopathy treatment the charting pattern is considered a crucial aspect in the ongoing assessment of treatment effectiveness.
How effective is it?
A study published in 2008 concluded: ‘NPT provided by trained general practitioners had live birth rates comparable to cohort studies of more invasive treatments, including ART’ (artificial reproductive technologies)
Stanford JB et al. Outcomes from Treatment of Infertility with Natural Procreative Technology in an Irish General Practice, J Am Board Fam Med 2008; 21 375-384.
This was confirmed by another study in 2012 this time from Canada. Elizabeth Tham, Karen Schliep and Joseph Stanford Natural procreative technology for infertility and recurrent miscarriage