Marquette Method FAQ

How much does the Marquette Method cost? What do I need to buy to get started?

 Read my blog post, How Much Does it Cost to Practice the Marquette Method of NFP, for a comprehensive, up-to-date breakdown of the start-up and ongoing costs to practice Marquette, including helpful tips on how to save money in each of the categories of costs.

We can’t afford the monitor and the test sticks. Can you practice the Marquette Method without them?

I understand that practicing the Marquette Method can be expensive, so I’ve compiled all the tips and tricks on how to save money and still practice Marquette in a blog post, here.

Though less popular, there are ways to practice the Marquette Method without using a Clearblue Monitor. The Marquette Method relies on the use of hormone monitoring to track the luteinizing hormone levels throughout your cycles. Once the peak day of fertility is identified, an algorithm will be applied to determine the end of your fertile window. If you are unable to afford the cost of the Clearblue fertility monitor and the monthly cost of the test strips, the method can be applied using less expensive Wondfo Ovulation Strips. The use of Wondfo Ovulation Strips could potentially indicate a need for more abstinence than following the method using the Clearblue fertility monitor, but some couples may choose this option as a means to save money.

The researchers at Marquette University have also developed an alternative mucus + algorithm protocol that does not employ the monitor. It is less effective than the protocol that uses the fertility monitor and requires more abstinence, but there are no ongoing monthly costs. This “mucus + algorithm” method of Marquette is 98% with correct use and 80-84% effective with typical use.

Can’t I just learn and practice the method on my own?

Many couples choose to learn and practice the method without the help of an instructor, but their success with the method can vary considerably. The doctors and nurses that become Marquette Method instructors have undergone extensive training in regards to fertility, hormones, and how to apply the Marquette Method to a client’s individual needs.

Self-taught couples, once they start working with an instructor, often realize they have been following the protocols incorrectly. Any deviation from the Marquette Method can result in lower efficacy rates or unnecessary abstinence. A Marquette Method instructor, through personalized instruction, hands-on examples and activities, and double-checking your charts, can ensure that you understand the method fully and are using it correctly.

Couples using the Marquette Method often come across circumstances that are not covered by the instructions available online, such as what to do in long cycles or if their monitor routinely fails to detect peak. A Marquette Method instructor knows the ins and outs of the method can advise on what to do when your personal circumstances get complicated.

Can a couple use barrier methods during their fertile window when using the Marquette Method?

A couple can, of course, use condoms or other barrier methods during their fertile window, but they should expect efficacy rates that correspond to the barrier method used. For example, condoms are only 82-98% effective; the Marquette Method (with abstinence during the fertile window) is 93-99% effective.

What is the difference between Natural Family Planning (NFP) and Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABM)?

NFP and FABMs are very similar, in that they both use the observation of fertility bioindicators to identify when the fertile window occurs.

The difference between NFP and FABMs is that NFP requires abstinence during the fertile window, and FABMs allow the couple to utilize barrier methods (such as condoms) during the fertile window.

The Marquette Method is an NFP method, though if couples decide to use a barrier method during the Marquette-identified fertile window, they would be using it as a FABM. It’s really up to the couple to decide, and your Marquette Method instructor can advise you of the pros and cons of each approach.

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