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

The course is co-sponsored with the Couple-to-Couple League, which teaches the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning. The method 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, Sept. 8, at Bethesda Lutheran Hospital, 559 Capitol Blvd. Additional series of sympto-thermal classes will begin Jan. 12 and May 11 in 2001.

Engaged and married couples of all ages are invited to attend the courses. The Campus Life-Care Center will pay tuition for St. Thoma student couples.

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

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.