Sunday, July 5, 2009

On Hormonal Birth Control

Can I just take a moment to vent?

On Monday I had an appointment with the good ole female doctor. I went in to see her for a particular issue and we ended up discussing birth control methods. I made it clear that I was not interested in any hormonal methods of birth control, yet she tried to convince me to use hormonal birth control. But here's MY PERSONAL CONVICTION about hormonal birth control: there is a possibility that a fertilized egg would be unable to implant. For me, that means there is a possibility for a baby to be aborted.
Now, here's where my venting comes in (and I say this with genuine concern and in all gentleness):

46% of women use "the pill" as their primary source of birth control (MSNBC), but how many of them are aware that birth control pills can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting? How many doctors clearly inform their patients of this?

I am not saying that no one should use hormonal birth control. My concern is that as men and women of the Creator God we need to take this issue seriously and pray and read the Word for the answers and our own personal convictions, rather than being ignorant or apathetic.

If you can find one hour this week to set aside, please do it and watch this video from Mark Driscoll. He gives an incredibly balanced view of all methods of birth control, regardless of the recent controversy surrounding him.


  1. Hello, I have been reading your blog for a couple of months (hope you don't mind) and I have to agree with you on the hormonal birth control. My husband and I are against it, yet so many of our friends are so apathetic about it. :-( Thank you for letting me know I'm not alone in not using it.

  2. Sorry about the OB/GYN. Sometimes I think that doctors don't realize that yes, we do know our own bodies and that we don't come to decisions about them lightly.

    And I love that sermon by Driscoll - we watched it several months ago with our small group as a study. I don't always agree with everything he says, but he hits the nail on the head with this one.

  3. Hey Shannon. I know. I've had the same thing happen multiple times... with docs telling me 'it doesn't really cause' abortions... but there is no way to know. And in theory, that's the way it works-- same as an IUD, by making the uterus so that it will rid itself of a fertilized egg.

    Anyway, just wanted to say you're not alone in those baffling appointments.

    Also, I wanted to request that when you finish it, you review Raising Godly Tomatoes. I've read everything on the website, conversed with Elizabeth (and others who "do" that parenting style) some on her private forums... but not read the book. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

  4. I couldn't agree with you more. When we first got married I asked my doctor point blank if it was possible for the pill to prohibit the fertilized egg to implant - she would NOT give me a straight answer. At that point I knew that I would not be using the pill. All I could think is that one day I might get to heaven and meet who knows how many of my precious babies that I didn't even know I had because I had been using the pill. It's not a risk I'm willing to take.

    Even if that wasn't an issue, does it really make sense to pump your body full of fake hormones?

  5. i have to say that you squealed with delight at my comment made my day! i follow your blog so i read your updates regularly. i just usually have a baby on my lap and find it difficult to comment :)

  6. Shannon ,

    I have agree with your points, but I have another one too. Women have been brainwashed into thinking that hormonal bc is okay for their bodies. When it causes all kinds of imbalances and side effects. I figured out years ago that they are just plain 'ol NOT GOOD FOR MY HEALTH. I wish there were more people out there that would figure that out for themselves.

  7. My husband regards it as very unfeminine for a women to use the pill etc. He thinks a women's cycle and fertility are so key to her womenhood that it is wrong for that reason if no other (femininity being very important to both of us) and ruled it out before I even suggested it ! I'd be interested to know if other husband's share this conviction ?

    Anyway although we have chosen to plan our family, we feel that NPF (with abstinence and very occasionally withdrawal) is the only acceptable method for us both.

  8. I did not know that! I will celebrate 20 years of marriage this Tuesday and I have four kids ages 18 to 10. I went to my doc a month before my wedding to be put on the pill. I had no clue that it could take up to three months to be effective so my doc wasn't very happy with me. Anyway after being on it for less than 3 months I had to get off it because it was causing me incredible headaches. I stopped the pill the headaches stopped. We have always used other methods of birth control. That being said I still would have been on the pill if I could have been because I had never been told that it could cause a fertilized egg to abort. I am wondering how many woman realize this. I would feel awful to know that I had been on it for years and may have unknowingly aborted a baby. Thank you for sharing this. I will educate my daughters so that they can make informed decisions.

  9. I feel ya!! When I was about to get married I got on the pill. I read up on it online a little, but not much. Everyone had already told me that the way it worked was that it made your body think it was already pregnant, so that's why you couldn't get pregnant...

    I was on it for about 6 months and I was miserable! It made me so moody! I also actually got a small blood clot... BUT that's not what got me off the pill...
    Me and 2 other friends in Sem started researching it for a Ethics class and found out how it really worked and we all got off of it (and one of my friends got pregnant that month - haha!). I had no idea how it actually worked and the docs didn't really know either. (I guess some of it had to do with their view of what an abortion is too - but still!!)

    While in Sem, Adam worked as a Pharmacy Tech. I had him ask the Pharmacists how the pill worked just to see what they would say and they all said something different (one even said what I thought above) but none were right! I had Adam show them their clinical pharmacology papers (that they get for every drug that shows how the drug works & interacts with the body) and they were all pretty surprised... it was pretty crazy!!

  10. Thanks so much for your thoughts on this. Our third child is due any day now so we will soon have 3 under 4 and as you can imagine I’m very apprehensive about how I’ll cope and unless you come from the “Quiverful” view I guess this is something we all have to face (especially if we are lucky enough to conceive readily) but as I have never had to think about contraception before the views of others wrestling with this problem helps a lot.

    For me the hormonal methods are a problem for a number of reasons. The uncertainty as to how they might work is a major issue in itself but I am also concerned that they are designed for women and I really struggle with the concept that women, who’s purpose is to raise and nurture children should take a lead in preventing conception by using drugs etc to change our biology when I we were created to bear children. What is even worse is that it puts us in control of something fundamental, where I believe, I should submit totally to my husband. Remember feminists love the pill because it puts women ‘in control’ !

    Maybe it’s a convenient way out but personally find it much easier to accept contraception (natural or a barrier) if I know that my husband is in control and that he is leading us both in changing our behaviour to plan our family, knowing that I remain open to conceive his children if he wishes.

  11. I didn't know that about the pill until Andrea told me about a year and a half ago. I'm glad I know now, but wish I had been told the truth sooner!

    I'm not sure what I think about the men being in control of fertility, though. Maybe the reasoning could be explained further, but I don't understand why that should matter. For me (and I'd venture to say most women) it was never a control issue, no more than barrier methods, anyway.

  12. I've enjoyed reading your blog today . . . found you via Twitter. :) I am 100% in agreement with you regarding the pill. And, though I feel there are times for a woman's health there needs to be some type of precautions, the hormonal or any type that would cause an abortion, are out. We did have to come to that conclusion after the birth of my 12th child at my age of 43 and lots of complications with my 5th c/section. Thank you for sharing & I will be back! :)

  13. GriffingMama,
    Thanks for reading. You're definitely not alone on this issue.

    It's been a while since I read Godly Tomatoes. I'll have to review it before I review it ;)

    I totally agree with you!

    Yes...please tell your daughters! That's exactly why I wrote this post.

    I've heard about the paper you wrote. I'd be interested in reading it myself.

    Thanks for stopping by. I've been checking in on your blog as well. And just yesterday read the story of your son's life and death.


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