1. What is NaProTECHNOLOGY? What does it stand for?
Natural Procreative TECHNOLOGY is health care that truly puts a woman’s best interest first. It has applications for all women in different states of reproductive health, and it has real medical alternatives to the false solutions in today’s healthcare environment. The medical foundation of NaProTECHNOLOGY is the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, a simple and research-proven method of helping a woman to track her menstrual cycles and understand the unique intricacies of her fertility. Together with a FertilityCare Practitioner and a NaProTECHNOLOGY-trained physician, “NaPro” helps women to identify and address the underlying causes behind any gynecological health issues from which they may suffer.
Women want to feel like their doctors have their best interests at heart. They don’t want to feel pressured to take a birth control pill just because their doctor says it’s the only way to treat their health problem. They don’t want their desire to have a baby manipulated and controlled by a laboratory. And women especially don’t want to feel like their doctors are trying to talk them into a solution for their “problem” pregnancy that presents a false choice between mother and child.
NaProTECHNOLOGY never presents these false healthcare solutions to women; instead, NaPro has real, effective, medical, and ethical alternatives. The evaluations and treatments used in NaProTECHNOLOGY always respect the dignity of women, the procreative and relational value of husband and wife, and any children that the husband and wife may bear. NaPro therefore provides a medical and moral means for all women to improve their health.
2. What makes Natural Procreative TECHNOLOGY “Natural”?
When a woman is healthy, NaPro helps her to appreciate and value the gift of her fertility. When she has a health condition, NaPro evaluates and treats her with the purpose of restoring her to health. Every evaluation, medication, and procedure involved in NaPro works towards helping women to live their lives in the way that nature and nature’s God intended-in a state of health! This is contrary to many current trends in woman’s healthcare, trends which try to either frustrate women’s natural ability to conceive and bear children (as is the case with many common contraceptive methods, as well as abortion), or which ignore and/or leave untreated any irregularities in a woman’s reproductive system (as is often the case with Assisted Reproductive Technologies such as In Vitro Fertilization).
3. What conditions can NaProTECHNOLOGY diagnose and treat?
NaProTECHNOLOGY has proven success with the following conditions:
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Fallopian Tube Defects and/or Blockages
And Many More!
4. Can NaProTECHNOLOGY help me get pregnant?
Yes! For couples of regular fertility, the identification of the woman’s fertile days through Creighton Model charting can help couples to achieve pregnancy 76% of the time after just one cycle, and 98% after five cycles. For couples who suffer from infertility as a result of common conditions such as endometriosis and PCOS, Creighton Model charting combined with Medical and Surgical NaProTECHNOLOGY can help 40-45% of them to naturally achieve pregnancy and live birth within one year, and 75-80% within three years (pregnancy rates may vary, depending on the cause(s) of infertility).
Click here to compare NaProTECHNOLOGY to in vitro fertilization (IVF) for the treatment of infertility.
5. I don’t want to get pregnant right now. Can NaProTECHNOLOGY help me, too?
Yes, Yes, and Yes! For single women, NaProTECHNOLOGY has many benefits. NaPro empowers women by respecting her role in her own gynecologic health. NaPro does not prescribe The Pill as a one-size-fits-all solution to acne, endometriosis, headaches, etc. Rather, NaPro offers women personalized medical solutions that nurture and cooperate with her unique feminine biology. NaPro also helps women to accurately predict even some of the most irregular cycles. No more worrying about when your period will start! In addition, NaPro treats the cause of irregular cycles with medicines that are identical to hormones already produced by the female body, as well as with surgical procedures that restore the reproductive system to health, both with the purpose of restoring your cycles to regularity.
In addition to the above benefits, engaged couples can prepare for their marriage by learning the Creighton Model while abstaining from sexual relations, so that they are aware of their reproductive health and can begin any necessary NaPro treatments before making family planning decisions when married. Be proactive in your reproductive health, save yourself years of confusion and heartbreak over infertility, and have the peace of mind and heart knowing that you’ve prepared your fertility for marriage in the best way possible!
For married couples who are trying to avoid pregnancy, Creighton Model charting can help them to plan their sexual intimacy accordingly. The Creighton Model FertilityCare System has 99.5% perfect use and 96.8% typical use effectiveness rates for couples who utilize it to avoid pregnancy, with none of the side effects and risks that come along with many common forms of contraception. The Creighton Model is also a great opportunity for husband and wife to communicate and make mutual decisions in their procreative lives. No more pressure on one of the spouses to remember to use his/her birth control. In addition, the couple can also observe any irregularities in their reproductive health while charting the woman’s cycles, and they can seek NaPro treatment before they try to become pregnant again.
6. How does Mystical Rose OB/GYN utilize NaProTECHNOLOGY?
Mystical Rose OB/GYN is happy to be your provider for all of your Medical and Surgical NaProTECHNOLOGY needs.
Our office features Dr. Theresa Stigen, MD, a Medical and Surgical NaProTECHNOLOGY Consultant since 2009. Dr. Stigen has served women all across the West Coast (including Alaska and Hawaii) with the highest standard of care through NaProTECHNOLOGY. Whether you are just beginning with NaPro, whether you’ve been charting with the Creighton Model and you’d like a doctor to take a look at your results, or whether you have already been diagnosed with a gynecological condition and would like to learn how NaProTECHNOLOGY approaches it, Dr. Stigen is glad to help.
If you’re looking for a teacher to help you learn the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, our office can also provide you resources to help you find an FCP (FertilityCare Practitioner) that’s right for you. There are several FCPs across Southern California, and many more throughout the entire West Coast. If there are no FCPs available in your area for face-to-face consulations, we can also help you find FCPs who provide live telephone and/or live Skype-style consultations. (You can also visit www.fertilitycare.org to search the worldwide database of FCPs and Medical and/or Surgical NaProTECHNOLOGY providers.)
7.How do I learn more about NaProTECHNOLOGY, and how can I experience NaPro for myself?
To learn more about NaPro, visit www.naprotechnology.com. You can also read The NaProTECHNOLOGY Revolution: Unleashing the Power of a Woman’s Cycle, written by the founder of the Creighton Model and NaProTECHNOLOGY, Dr. Thomas Hilgers (The full book is available on Amazon.com here.) If you are a medical or other healthcare professional, you may also be interested in The Medical and Surgical Practice of NaProTECHNOLOGY, which is an exhaustive textbook/anthology of the entire healthcare continuum of NaPro.
To experience NaProTECHNOLOGY for yourself, give our office a call at 760-983-4024 and speak with our wonderful Office Manager Sherry or our friendly Medical Assistant Amanda about setting an appointment with Dr. Stigen (You can also request an appointment at our secure Internet Patient Portal hosted by AthenaHealth by clicking here; to see information about the health plans that we accept, click here) At your appointment, Dr. Stigen will discuss and examine your unique medical situation, and then she’ll tailor your medical care to your unique gynecologic needs. If Creighton Model charting is a part of your plan, Dr. Stigen will then help you to locate and connect with a FertilityCare Practitioner. Our patients often comment on how they like Dr. Stigen’s personal approach to their health care needs, and we hope to provide you with the same experience! God bless you.