The University of St. Thomas Campus Life-Care Center is co-sponsoring two courses on natural family planning for engaged and married couples.

The first, taught by certified natural family planning practitioners from the Twin Cities Natural Family Planning Center, teaches the ovulation method of natural family planning. This course will meet once a month for five months and begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, in Room 152, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

To register, call the Twin Cities Natural Family Planning Center, (651) 232-3088, or the Campus Life-Care Center, (651) 962-6752.

The second, co-sponsored with the Couple-to-Couple League, teaches the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning, which uses several symptoms to cross-check each other. By learning to recognize these changes, properly informed couples can plan, postpone, or avoid a pregnancy. The course will meet once a month for four months and begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at Bethesda Lutheran Hospital, 559 Capitol Blvd. Another series of sympto-thermal classes will begin on May 11, 2001.

To register, call the Couple-to-Couple League at (612) 721-3791, or the Campus Life-Care Center at (651) 962-6752.

Engaged and married couples of all ages are invited to attend either course. The Campus Life-Care Center will pay tuition for student couples.

According to the Campus Life-Care Center, natural planning methods, if followed correctly, can achieve an effectiveness rate of 99 percent for either avoiding or achieving pregnancy.