Thomas W. Hilgers, M.D., founded the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1985. He also developed NaPro Technology (natural procreative technology).
This women’s health science is based on more than 25 years of research in the natural functioning of the human procreative system. Enlightened by the work of Drs. John and Lyn Billings, Australian physicians who originated the Billings Ovulation Method (BOM), the work of the Pope Paul VI Institute has created a standardized modification of this system called the CREIGHTON MODEL FertilityCare System.
This new educational technology allows a woman to monitor in an easy and objective way a variety of different biological markers (bio-markers) that reflect the occurrence of various hormonal events during the course of the menstrual cycle. In a sense, it allows a woman to unravel the “mysteries of the menstrual cycle.” This system was developed out of the hope that natural methods of fertility regulation could be improved and made more accessible.
The CREIGHTON MODEL FertilityCare System is used to plan as well as to avoid pregnancy. Through a married couple’s knowledge about the days of fertility and infertility, the system can be used consciously to achieve a pregnancy.
Because it focuses on a variety of different biological markers which are generally very familiar to women (including menstrual flow and its variations, mucus flow, dry days, the Peak day, the pre-Peak and post-Peak phases, etc.), a further understanding of these markers gives very significant insight into the woman’s procreative and gynecologic health.
Such problems as infertility, repetitive miscarriage, recurrent ovarian cysts, premenstrual syndrome, a variety of different hormonal abnormalities, the effects of stress, the causes of abnormal bleeding and correctly dating the estimated time of conception can all be determined from the records these women keep (called NaProTRACKING the menstrual cycle).
To learn about NaPro Technology, go to http://www.popepaulvi.com.