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.
Couples, even those who are very careful commonly realize, after starting to work with an instructor, that they have unknowingly 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 who knows the ins and outs of the method can advise on what to do when your personal circumstances get complicated.