Thursday, October 28, 2010

Birth Control

Sure, I love kids, and might even want 3 or 4 of them! But I don't need another one in 9 months from now, which would put my two kids exactly 1 year apart. While if it happens, I will count it a huge blessing from God there's no doubt, but it wouldn't be something I would plan for. Although, as a Christian, talking about birth control can be a very controversial subject. Because in the Bible, God tells us:

Genesis 9:7
As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.

By controlling when I get pregnant (or at least when I DON'T get pregnant), am I playing God? But yet, isn't there a certain responsibility that comes with being a mom, and my ability to take care of my children, financially and physically and emotionally? What if I cannot afford to have 12 kids? What if physically my body cannot handle one pregnancy after another or the physical toll it takes on my body to care for multiple kids, one after another? As Ty's mom, I believe that I will be judged for how I raise him and so preventing pregnancy too close together in my opinion is not un-Christian or un-biblical. But what brings up the question as to if it's biblical or Christian is when you start to look at the types of birth control.

Without a doubt, the most convenient birth control is the Pill. And it is really pushed by doctors because it's the most effective. It is so common that women have stopped questioning it. It's just a given, that when you become sexually active, you've got to start taking it. I won't argue. It's the most effective and most convenient choice out there. What I want to challenge you other women with is to not just take it because the doctor prescribed it, but actually ask questions and research what you are putting in your body and what is effecting your hormones drastically. What about Abortifacient? Before reading anymore, please watch this YouTube video....

So how has The Pill changed over time and what are you putting in your body to prevent life from forming? Preventing ovulation and the egg from being released is one thing, but if you are telling me that it's possible for me to actually concieve a baby, a real human being, and then because of the hormone I'm taking everyday, it doesn't attach, so in essence I kill it, that just makes me sick. Not only am I missing out on a huge blessing from God, but that in my opinion is taking another life, one that God has created and one day I will be held responsible for that.

Now it's very important to realize that not every Birth Control Pill is like this. Some just prevent ovulation from taking place, and those pills I am fine with. This all started after Ty was born and I wanted to do something to prevent pregnancy for a while, so my doctor put me on the Pill, but it's a special pill, because I'm still nursing and so it does not contain any estrogen, just progestin. Of course, I started taking it because it was the only option for a Pill during nursing and I knew I for sure didn't want to get pregnant right away! And it was after a month or so that I started reading the product description sheet for the medication:

"This medication is used to prevent pregnancy. It is often referred to as the "mini-pill" because it does not contain any estrogen. Norethindrone (a form of progestin) is a hormone that prevents pregnancy by changing the womb and cervical mucus to make it more difficult for an egg to meet sperm or for the fertilized egg to attach to the wall of the womb (implantation). Regular use of the "mini-pill" prevents the release of an egg (ovulation) in about half of the women who use it. While the "mini-pill" is more effective than certain other methods of birth control (e.g., condoms, cervical cap, diaphragm), it is less effective than estrogen/progestin birth control because it is very important to take this medication exactly as prescribed. Using this medication does not protect you or your partner against sexually transmitted diseases. "

Key phrases for me:
- Changing the womb
- Prevents a FERTILZED EGG from attaching to the wall
- Prevents release of egg in 1/2 the women

I take the Pill to prevent the release of the egg, and if that only happens to 1/2 the women who use it, then there's a 50/50 chance I'm still releasing an egg every month! And if that egg does fertilize, then that's a baby in my book! And as long as there's a baby inside of me, I am going to do everything I can to fight for it to live.

I think it's safe to say, I have already stopped using this contraceptive. Will I ever use The Pill again? Sure, maybe. As long as I can find one that fits the standards I have set and not one that causes Abortifacient.


  1. This is an HUGE issue Dale and I sought more info on and prayed over, before making some decisions. It is an untouched subject, and I thank you for taking a stand today and writing this. I 100% agree! This is why we were unable to find a "traditional" method that worked for us, based on our beliefs. Even a copper IUD, which contains no hormones, can and does prevent a fertilized egg from attaching. I think its sad that more Christian women don't understand this! How many babies will be greeting their surprised mommy's in heaven?
    We jokingly call it "birth UNcontrol" at our house, because no matter how many methods we used, even multiple methods at a time, the Lord was the one that decided when we should get pregnant. All 4 of my children were a surprise, and I wouldn't have it ANY OTHER WAY! :)

  2. Thank you for posting this, Amy. This is such a sensitive issue that the more information out there, the better.

  3. I agree with you gals! I wish more women would research and read the fine print.