NPT uses the best in current medical care, applying these diagnostic and therapeutic techniques only in a way that is cooperative with the natural functions of the body. It does not utilize artificial reproductive technologies that are rejected by the Catholic Church. It does not need to use these methodologies. It is already more successful. Furthermore, NPT respects the woman and endeavors to help her body work better so that the gynecological problems are resolved rather than suppressed, and so that pregnancy can be achieved naturally within her own womb by a natural act of intercourse with her husband. Thus, by respecting the timeless teachings of the Church these doctors have developed a truly comprehensive, dignified and successful approach to these sophisticated hormonal and procreative issues.
The doctors are trained in a disease based approach to problems such as infertility, PMS, and unusual bleeding such that the underlying problem can be identified and resolved. This stands in stark contrast to standard obstetrics and gynecology which frequently resorts to IVF (in vitro fertilization with its harvesting of eggs and sperm, fertilization outside of the woman, frozen embryos, selection of embryos, destruction of excess embryos, etc.), sedatives and antidepressants (in the case of PMS), or birth control pills for unusual bleeding, irregular cycles, mood problems, or a host of other symptoms including acne. These latter mentioned techniques are oppressive, invasive and insulting to the dignity of marriage and the stature of womanhood. Certainly the doctors would have no aversion to the use of antidepressants where needed, but the underlying cause of PMS has mostly to do with ovarian function and rarely to do with depression. In fact, standard treatment with sedatives and antidepressants helps only 40% of women with PMS; whereas NPT, with its focus on improving ovarian function, helps 92% of women with PMS!
So how do they do it, how do they solve these problems?
The ovary is a very sophisticated organ. It is delicate and easily impeded. In this world it encounters many threats. The threats may be as vague and as ubiquitous as stress or lack of sleep, or diseases as complicated as polycystic ovarian syndrome. Thyroid, pituitary and adrenal problems also weigh in.
Teasing these out and getting to the bottom of the problem(s) are time consuming, sophisticated work. It would be easier to treat the symptoms with patented well advertised medicines such as the birth control pills or patches. It would be more lucrative to spend 10 minutes prescribing the birth control pill than hours working to improve ovarian function. It is perhaps less prestigious to resolve an ovarian cyst by helping the ovary to work better than by taking the woman to the operating room. Modern residency programs are not teaching NPT. The standard approach of using the birth control pill is, just that, the standard approach. Therefore that is what is taught in residency. It is only doctors that look beyond that are attracted to the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction.
At the Institute, they are taught how to lift the ovary out of its disorder. They understand that most of ovarian cysts, unusual bleeding and infertility are caused by ovarian dysfunction and they are taught how to remedy this. The couple is very involved in this process. The couple begins by learning how to track their cycles using natural family planning taught by FertilityCare educators, called practitioners. This is called NaProTracking, and will allow the couple to identify the time of ovulation and to identify some of the markers of the adequacy of ovarian function. The doctor then performs a thorough assessment of the available data and will probably order further tests timed precisely with the events of the menstrual cycle. This will give precise information about the level of ovarian hormonal output. Then using basic medications such as true progesterone, supplemented at the exact time of the cycle that it is usually produced, they can encourage the ovary and pituitary to work better and breakout of the oppressed situation. If this is inadequate, many other medical interventions can be applied, all in an effort to restore normal ovarian function.
Endometriosis is another disease that impacts fertility and ovarian function. It is best treated surgically. But reckless standard surgical approaches can lead to scarring and thereby jeopardize future fertility. These standard approaches also may be inadequate to remove all of the endometriosis. Therefore, the Pope Paul VI Institute has developed an additional year long surgical fellowship for obstetrician gynecologists who would like to train in more sophisticated techniques. Unfortunately, there are no doctors with this fellowship training in the New England area, but the medical consultants can help you to find one or to recommend certain regional surgeons who have similar expertise.