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Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?

on July 28 | in Birth Control | by | with 142 Comments

As the childhood sage of Sleepless in Seattle put it, Daddypotamus and I are MFEO.*

For the most part we enjoy the same books, T.V. shows, etc. We both LOVE the Caribbean and go there as often as we can. We agree on how to parent our children. We share a common background of faith and pray together often(ish). There is this one thing about kids though: We have never agreed on birth control.

I was already insanely attracted to Daniel when it first came up that he didn’t believe in using any kind of birth control whatsoever.** Pretty sneaky of him, because if that had come up earlier I would have been OUT. OF. THERE.

I thought he was CRAZY. Twenty-one year old me wasn’t sure I ever wanted to become a mom. But six, eight, or ten kids? I told him no way.

Birth control was almost a deal breaker for us . . .

But as I said before we are MFEO and stuff, so I began looking into other options. You know what surprised me? It didn’t take much digging for me to discover an ugly truth I’d never heard before.

[Before I go on, I want you to know that I feel a little bit like throwing up as I type this. This is probably similar to what policemen feel like when they have to knock on someone's front door and tell them that their husband and the father of their children has been in a serious car wreck. I don't like to drop life-changing information on unsuspecting people. But I would be seriously angry if the messenger decided just not to tell me. Because as much as I don't want to be told, I know I need to know. So I'm telling you what I would want to know]

Despite the fact that they are referred to as contraceptives (Latin for against conception, meaning that it prevents conception), birth control pills cause abortions.

My goal in saying this is not to stir up controversy about whether abortions are morally permissible. Others have made arguments on both sides that are much more persuasive than anything I have to say. Since it will be painfully obvious when I start using words like baby to describe a fertilized egg, I should go ahead and say that I believe life begins at conception. But even if you don’t believe that, read on. At issue here is whether or not people are being mislead regarding what the Pill actually does. Everyone has a right to informed consent, and that is not what is happening.

The Three Mechanisms

There are three mechanisms that give the Pill its high rate of effectiveness. First, it suppresses ovulation most of the time. When that fails, the second mechanism kicks in. The second mechanism involves thickening cervical mucus so that it is difficult for sperm to migrate to the fallopian tubes and join with an ovum.

When THAT fails and sperm reaches the ovum and all the magical right things happen, a woman becomes pregnant. Unfortunately, the birth control pill has one last hand to deal and like all gambles, the odds are with the house. The fine print that comes with birth control pills invariably goes something like this:

Combination oral contraceptives act by suppression of gonadotrophins. Although the primary mechanism of this action is inhibition of ovulation, other alterations include changes in the cervical mucus, which increase the difficulty of sperm entry into the uterus, and changes in the endometrium, which reduce the likelihood of implantation.

The Physicians Desk Reference, 1995, 1775

In plain English what this means is that the pill alters the uterus from an environment that is designed to nourish and protect new life into one that is essentially barren of the necessary nutrients to sustain a child. Typically, a uterus needs to be between 5 -13 mm thick to sustain a pregnancy. The average thickness in pill users is 1.1mm.¹

Now maybe you’re thinking “People get pregnant on the pill all the time and carry their babies to term, so I don’t think that third mechanism is real. If a woman gets pregnant on the pill she’ll stay pregnant.” It’s tempting to believe that, but consider this: The first two mechanisms are real and sometimes fail. The same is true of the third. In his book, “Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?” Randy Alcorn says:

It is significant that the “morning after pill” is in fact nothing but a combination of several standard birth control pills taken in high dosages. When the announcement was made, the uninformed public probably assumed that the high dosage makes birth control pills do something they were otherwise incapable of doing. But the truth is that it simply increases the chances of doing what it already sometimes does – cause an abortion.

Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?, pp 65-66

We have assumed that the pill’s failure rate accurately depicts the number of times a woman conceives while on the pill. Unfortunately, because of the third mechanism there may be many more pregnancies that women are never aware occurred because they ended prematurely. Of course, no studies have been done to determine how often the first two mechanisms fail (who would fund them, the drug companies that have a vested interest in selling them?). Here’s a helpful analogy;

Imagine a farmer who has two places he might plant seed. One is rich, brown soil that has been tilled, fertilized and watered. The other is on hard, thin, dry and rocky soil. If the farmer wants as much seed as possible to take hold and grow, where will he plant the seed? The answer is obvious – on the fertile ground.

Now you could say to the farmer that his preference for the rich, tilled, moist soil is based on the “theoretical,” because he has probably never seen a scientific study that proves this soil is more hospitable than the thin, hard, dry soil. Likely, such a study has never been done. In other words, there is no absolute proof. The farmer might reply to your skeptical challenge based on his years of observation: “I know good soil when I see it – sure, I’ve seen some plants grow in the hard, thin soil too, but the chances of survival are much less than in the good soil.”

Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?, p. 51

Why Haven’t I Heard This Before?

Words evolve. Did you know that according to The Mad Logophileapology once meant to defend against an accusation”? It’s from the Greek word apologia, meaning “defense.” If someone time traveled from ancient Greece to now, can you imagine their confusion when someone tried to apologize to them? What if you traveled to a future where people spoke English but the meanings had changed? Believe it or not, you already have.

Historically, when a sperm and egg joined to form a fertilized ovum with completely unique DNA, that was defined as conception.  When a woman has conceived she is pregnant. Duh, right?

Not exactly. In 1976 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists redefined conception to mean the point at which a fertilized ovum implants in the mother’s uterine lining. That’s six days after the egg and sperm have joined. For six days that the child has been growing, but according to this new definition any chemical which prevents a fertilized ovum from being able to attach to it’s mother for nourishment has “prevented conception/pregnancy.” What?

So if your doctor tells you that the pill prevents conception and is not abortifacient, he or she is correct according to the new definition, but probably not the definition you were thinking of when you asked. Ironically, according to a former drug rep for Whitehall-Robins, a sister company to Wyeth-Ayerst (one of the top producers of the pill), your doctor is probably unaware that he is being misleading.

In company meetings information on the Pill was covered in a totally different way than other products. Our training had always been open and relaxed, and we went through detailed instruction on how every product works; we were expected to explain how they worked to physicians. But the approach to the birth control pills was completely different – the approach was, “don’t worry about how they work, the point is they do; don’t ask questions, just give out the samples.”

Testimony of Karen Witt as documented in Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?, p. 54

Those that are not fully convinced by Karen’s testimony can do what Randy Alcorn did: Contact each pill maker directly and ask if the pill prevents implantation. Although reluctantly, each company confirmed in one way or another that the Pill is designed to prevent a six day old embryo from implanting in its mothers uterus. The trick, it seems, is to ask exactly the right questions. When Alcorn called Wyeth-Ayerst he was read to from a script and then offered information via mail.

It was clearly a form letter designed for those expressing concerns about abortion, and contained the precise contents that Adrianne [the customer service rep he had spoken with] had quoted to me. Also enclosed was a colorful booklet entitled Birth Control With The Pill. In the section, “How the Pill Works,” it states, “The pill mainly prevents pregnancy in two ways.” It then speaks of only the first two mechanisms and makes no reference whatsoever to the third, the prevention of implantation.

The detailed, fine print “professional labeling” was also enclosed, and as reflected in the PDR [Physician's Desk Reference], it states “alterations include changes in . . . the endometrium (which reduces the likelihood of implantation).

It struck me that virtually everyone receiving this information would read the large print, attractive, colorful, easy-to-understand booklet (which makes no mention of the abortive mechanism), and almost no one would read the extremely small print, black and white, technically worded and completely unattractive sheet – the one that acknowledges in the fine print that the Pill sometimes prevents implantation.

Please Don’t Send Me Hate Mail (But it’s okay if you really feel the need to)

There is a mountain of evidence indicating that the Pill is both a contraceptive and a contra-implantive.*** I believe that the public is being intentionally kept in the dark about the third mechanism and that people who believe life begins at fertilization have unknowingly participated in chemical abortions. It is wrong of drug companies to obscure facts about their products in a way that causes individuals to unknowingly violate their own conscience.

I wish I was wrong about this, I REALLY, REALLY do. Other than barrier methods and Natural Family Planning, there are no options that do not have an abortifacient component. Norplant, Depo-Provera, RU 486 and the Mini-Pill are all confirmed abortifacients. There is some debate as to whether the IUD is an abortifacient, but so far the evidence indicates that it is.

For this reason, along with the fact that I don’t like putting chemicals in my body, Daniel and I have practiced Natural Family Planning throughout our marriage. Honestly, it has been inconvenient and frustrating at times and I wish there was an easier way. Daniel and I have never fully agreed on what that way could or should be, so we’re sticking with this for now.

So, if you haven’t run across this research before I’d like to know: Are you convinced? If so, does it change anything for you?

Sources:

¹ Postfertilization effects of oral contraceptives and their relation to informed consent by Drs. Walter Larimore and Joseph Stanford

*Made for each other

** Both of our views have changed. I used to be fully supportive of all kinds of birth control and he was completely against them. Thorough debate and the experience of actually having children has caused us to reexamine our convictions. There’s too much to say on the subject for this little footnote, so I’ll just say that Daddypotamus is much more comfortable with taking an active role in stewarding our fertility through natural family planning and I have baby fever :)

***Most of the data cited in Randy Alcorn’s book comes from doctors, scientists, researchers and the pill manufacturers themselves –not prolife advocates with an agenda to push.

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142 Responses to Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?

  1. thanks so much for posting this! when i found out this information years ago, i was shocked and decided to never use the pill. it’s hard to share this information but you did the right thing. i’m going to pass it on to friends.

    • Heather says:

      Thanks, Joanna. I don’t like touching hot topics simply for the sake of controversy, but this is something I would really want to know if I didn’t. I debated for two days about whether to post this (which is why I didn’t post yesterday), but in the end I decided to do it before this baby is born and I become a crazy hormonal freak.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Thank you, Heather, for posting this. Like Joanna, I found out about a year after we were married how the pill really works. I had thought I was pregnant and my OB at the time told me to not worry because my body would “abort” the pregnancy since I was on the pill. I felt sick. I talked with a friend that runs a pregnancy crisis center, and she confirmed how it worked to create a “hostile” environment int he womb. She had gone years on the pill and did not know it worked in that manner. Thankfully, the Lord is abounding in grace. I quickly repented for ignorantly taking an abortifacient to prevent a blessing from Him. Two months later we were pregnant with Lucy.

    I have shared this information with other believers, and most simply brush it off and don’t care. It really burdens my heart to know that, but I continue to share this information in hopes that the Lord will change someone else’s heart with this truth.

    • Heather says:

      Stephanie – To steal a phrase from Al Gore, this is a VERY inconvenient truth. I’m not surprised most people brush it off. My initial reaction to learning about the pill was that I felt so overwhelmed my brain shut down. It was a defense mechanism that kept me from fully processing the implications of what I had just learned. If Daniel hadn’t been so passionate about the subject I probably would have stayed in that “stuck” place of intellectual recognition and emotional denial.

  3. Mae says:

    When Eamon and I got engaged, part of our marriage counseling was decided what for of birth control we wanted to use. Both being virgins it was a whole new world for both of us. But, the decision did seem simple-neither of us put drugs in our bodies [prescription or otherwise] for many, many years so why start now. We agreed that sex just wouldn’t be fun til I graduated from college.
    When I told our pastor and his wife this, we were met with total opposition. Words like “irresponsible,” and “stewardship” were met with phrases like “added stress to young marriage” and “unwanted surprises”. We were shocked. I felt DEEPLY about this and had NO IDEA that the Christian community-not only that I belonged to, but nationwide thought the tenth commandment was to take your Pill after your “alone time” with God every morning. And again, shocked I was.

    Eighteen year old me began to do my research, because I TRULY felt that there was something more here, something sinister that was being hidden under the commercials of women living their lives so much happier because they were without child. When I found this…all bets were off.

    When I started preaching the ugly truth I was met with “well, I have a really irregular period, so my doctor prescribed it anyway” and “I have acne and this seems to be the only way to deal with it” and even “Well, I’ve got to keep my hormones in check SOMEHOW!” There was no getting through to these women. But what about married women? Married women that WERE taking it so they could continue to live “their lives” which required no children. I KNEW that these Christian women were against abortion, so I was hopeful.
    Nope, same story. “Stewardship,” “responsibility,” and now “conviction” were being thrown around like a baby seal between two killer whales. Lifeless, shredded, limp words that had been regurgitated so much by their peers that I assume they believed that they still carried weight.

    We used TCOYF for a few months and then got pregnant. There were some women who I had spoke to who looked at me like I “got what I deserved.” The ugly truth that pregnancy- EVEN FOR A MARRIED WOMAN- at a young age is not only frowned upon in our post feminine world, but a punishment from God for not being “responsible.”

    After my the red on my “letter A” started to fade, I started to dig again. Not only did I find that this Pill was a weapon of mass destruction, I found that a VERY SMALL MINORITY of Christian women who were taking it prayed with their husbands over the decision! That this was a mere dinner conversation or text message, and BOOM! life decision made. But what was a relief is that I found that the majority of women who had stopped using the Pill, or other forms of contraceptives had done so AFTER praying about it with their husband! Testimony after testimony was given to me of the unbearable conviction that both husband AND wife were laden with, that they could no longer continue as they were. Regardless of what it did to their career, or there budget, or their lifestyle.

    I have sadly given up my career as “whistle blower” for various reasons, but one thing I still stress to ALL newlyweds, and even couples who have been married for years is to pray fervently and INTENSELY about what decision is right for your family, together. True conviction from the Lord can never be combated against.

    Thank you so much for writing this Heather. I hope you are blessed graciously for shedding a light that many of us our afraid to, or have just given up because our arms are tired. Bravo.

    • Stephanie says:

      Mae, the response you received from your pastor saddens me greatly. I find it interesting that when the pill first came out most evangelicals were against it…even having something about it in doctrinal statements. However, as time has passed (and the church appears to look more like the world), the use of the pill is completely accepted (and even encouraged). Okay…getting off my soapbox. I can go on and on about this one…

    • Heather says:

      Mae – The stewardship angle you brought up is an interesting point. For the record, Daniel and I are very interested in stewardship. When I was battling chronic illness we intentionally avoided becoming pregnant, and we felt totally okay about our decision.

      What is being referred to as stewardship is totally possible without the pill. Daniel and I have had a 100% success rate with NFP, meaning that we were fully aware of the strong likelihood of becoming pregnant when we conceived both of our children.

      If, and how much, to control the process is a very personal decision, but it is incorrect for people to say it can’t be done without chemical intervention.

      • Mae says:

        Agreed!
        I get the argument “well, if you use a condom, or pull out, or are aware of your signs, it’s the same thing.” And I strongly disagree with that. I believe that women SHOULD be more informed AND that couples need to PRAYPRAYPRAYPRAYPRAY about their decision. If the Lord says that it is your responsibility to take the pill, then you WILL be blessed in that. If the Lord says that you are to only use a condom during your career days, you WILL be blessed in that. Whether you’re on the pill, using a condom, or doing any one of the absurd things that the world tells you will prevent you from having a baby, the Lord is Sovereign and will get you pregnant whenever He wants! Shoot! We’ve even seen that abstinence isn’t 100% effective ;]

      • angie h says:

        Heather, do you or will you do a post on natural family planning? I quit the pill 2 years ago b/c it seemed to be wreaking havoc on my health. I wanted to temp but never followed through and we have used condoms every since then. Needless to say, the husband would prefer to ditch the condoms, but we don’t want to get pg. yet…

        • Melanie says:

          I’m in a pretty similar boat. I’m not off the bc yet (but REALLY REALLY REALLY am wanting to), but I was originally put on to control wacky hormone issues. I’m just NOW finding out that my hormonal issues probably can be changed through diet, etc. But we’re having a hard time knowing how to switch from the hbc to NFP – partially from coming off the pill and partially because I’ve never, in my life, had a regular period. I’d love ANY advice on NFP!

    • wow, you could be telling my story! Thanks for sharing. :-)

      This article (and viewpoint) is much needed. It seems it is pretty rare, unfortunately. :-/

    • Erin says:

      I’m so sorry to hear that your pastor said that ….children are a blessing and it is good stewardship to be open to life in a marriage. I always direct people to NFP….or the couple to couple league…..another great site is http://WWW.onemoresoul.com. Kimberly Han wrote a great book called Chosen and Cherished…all you can do is give information ton people and they will do with it what they will. Its sad but we have been brainwashed as a society that children are a burden and the pill is the answer for control… the pill does and can cause abortion…increases risk of heart attack…stroke…..certain cancer…the world health organization classified the birth control pill as a class one carcinogen…. why would any loving husband after knowing that want his wife to take that poison? A study has correlated the pill with the increase in abortion and divorce …..you can also tell your pastor that historical fact that all churches before 1930 saw the use of contraception as a grave and immoral sin. You have common sense….science and God on your side my dear….there is a great article called Humana Vita translated on Human Life….. it really brings home Christian marriage and avoiding the use of artificial contraceptive….. and one more thing you having a child early on was not punishment by God…..but a blessing….and scripture says so…your pastor and his wife with all due respect are very misguided an should really consider what they are saying and the advice they bare giving is and can be very detrimental to a marriage….brat of luck stay strong.

  4. Esther says:

    hehee “crazy hormonal freak”…that’s been me since J’s birth in Dec so I can totally relate and will be your biggest supporter after your birth!! anywaaay, I’m in wholehearted agreement. awesome post. thanks for speaking the truth in love.

    • Heather says:

      Esther, if my behavior when Katie was a newborn is any indication I need a muzzle until about three months postpartum. The things I will say . . . oy!

  5. LO says:

    I have read a lot about this before I got married and, yes, I am convinced. I was surprised to learn this as well because they are presented as something that prevents conception completely. After learning of this, I was only comfortable with the barrier or natural family planning methods. Thanks for sharing!

    • Heather says:

      Hi LO! I believe this is your first comment here. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! I agree that they are presented as something that only prevents conception. If wishful thinking dictated reality that would certainly be the case in my universe!

  6. Tiffany says:

    Very good post. I understand how you feel. I learned about all of this after having been on Depo Provera for about 2 years. At the time I immediately made an appt with my pro-life OB-GYN and was told emphatically that it wasn’t true. Like you said it really is an “inconvenient truth”. I can understand the desire to not want to accept it as truth, but the mechanism for how the pill works is in the PDR, it isn’t a secret. It saddens me that people aren’t being given true informed consent.

  7. Julie says:

    I read the post and all the comments made thus far, and I’m here to offer another perspective.
    I don’t think Heather’s post is terribly controversial. No one disputes how the pill works. I’ve asked 3 different gyno’s over the years point blank how it works, and the answer I’ve gotten each time is “the pill works in 3 different ways…..” Google “how does the pill work” and you will get exactly what Heather wrote. I know because I just did. I did my final law school writing project on the constitutionality of Plan B, and believe me, how the pill (in all its forms) works is EVERYWHERE. You are given the information if you ask.
    I think the real controversy isn’t how the pill works, but that not all Christians agree about abortion. Many pro-life Christians who believe life begins at conception assume that every Christian feels the exact same way, and that is a patently false assumption. Many Christians are pro-choice, and many are pro-life but believe that pregnancy begins at implantation, as the medical community defines pregnancy. So those people wouldn’t have a problem w/ the pill. Something to think about…

    • Heather says:

      For a “controversial” post, I was beginning to wonder if anyone would offer a dissenting opinion, critical analysis, or different perspective. So thank you!

      I don’t expect many people to have a problem with abortion, even Christians that profess to believe that life begins at conception (sperm and ovum joining). In my life, I have tended to accept a popular belief until I had an experience I cared about that directly contradicted that belief. So, I expect that there is a percentage of people who say they believe life begins at conception that would not really follow through with the implications of that belief if it inconvenienced them personally.

      What I’m saying is I think many people say they believe life begins at conception because of “peer pressure” (wow, I haven’t used that term in years, maybe ever!). Professional medical organizations know this and so do drug companies, and so to prevent this minority from influencing their potential clients I think they have become increasingly evasive about the mechanisms of their products. In addition, they have the opportunity to actually make some of these “life at conception” individuals their clients as long as they don’t know about the third mechanism.

      For instance, if I’m correct the medical definition of conception changed just three years after Roe V. Wade. It seems like a convenient move to prevent the pill from being swept into the controversy. It effectively changed the categorization of the pill from a contraceptive/contra-implantive to simply a contraceptive. And what’s really controversial about something that only prevents conception. Except in very small circles, the answer is nothing. The third mechanism fades into the background.

      More recently, I think the reports of several former drug reps indicates that pill manufacturers are trying to have it both ways. They want the info to be out there for liability reasons but they try to draw attention away from it.

      All this is done, I believe, to keep pro-lifers (I hate that term) from making a big stink about the third mechanism the way they have about surgical abortion. But you know, in the process they have failed to inform a lot of people who may not care either way, but still have the right to informed consent. I have never gone to an OB-GYN to obtain birth control pills so I cannot report on this directly, but many others have reported that they received information that conflicts with the data available in the PDR. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, the facts are getting muddled.

      BTW, I don’t see those who consider life sacred at conception to be victims, here. Many people genuinely don’t know, but this info has been around long enough that most people have at least heard whispers about it. However, many groups and individuals have eagerly and uncritically accepted half-truths regarding this product because it is what they wish to believe, not because it is rational to believe.

      • Mae says:

        “More recently, I think the reports of several former drug reps indicates that pill manufacturers are trying to have it both ways. They want the info to be out there for liability reasons but they try to draw attention away from it.”
        You’re right. One point I have to say is that, yes the answers might be given to you if asked, but will a doctor say “And if all else fails, the third mechanism will ‘abort’ the fetus”? No, I doubt that. They use terms like “the fetus will not survive, will not attatch, thrive” etc. If they said the word “abort” there would be a very different reaction from many women.

    • Kari says:

      The information is out there, if you ask/research it. But, if in all the marketing you are only told that it prevents conception, and you are unaware that the medical definition of contraception was rewritten, you wouldn’t know to ask.

      Look at it from the perspective of a teenager, who can get birth control without parental consent or knowledge. In my public high school biology class, in the eighties, we were taught that conception occurs at the moment that the egg and sperm meet, when the zygote is formed, resulting in living matter with a dna totally separate from both the sperm and the egg. According to that text book definition, if birth control prevents conception, as we were taught in our high school health class, then it would prevent the egg and the sperm from forming a zygote. Based on that understanding, you would trust that the pill being promoted did nothing more than that. You wouldn’t think to ask if it caused your body to abort the zygote because you had already been led to believe that the pill prevents the zygote from being created. So, in that sense, I do think that those who consider life to form at the time of the biological definition of conception are victims of misinformation.

  8. Steven says:

    For the record, scientifically it doesn’t make much sense for life to begin at implantation. Cells are the fundamental units of life, and at the time of implantation, an embryo is already made up of hundreds of cells. It is impossible for the cells to have been non-living and all of the sudden come alive via implantation. Cells are by definition living things. By the time of implantation, an embryo has been growing and developing for days. That makes no more sense than the idea that a fetus becomes a viable life at a certain stage of pregnancy, and prior to that it is an expendable non-being. Food for thought…

  9. Jenn says:

    Have you read Be Fruitful & Multiply by Nancy Campbell? I would be interested in your opinion. Thank you for this post. I think many, many people take the pill w/o knowing what it does.

    • Heather says:

      Jenn – I hadn’t heard of it until your comment, but I checked it out on Amazon and it seems similar to the quiverfull movement. Is that right? Although I am curious I haven’t had the time to read much about quiverfull, but from the little I do know I think there are some ideas I disagree with. With that said, I think large families are awesome and hope to go beyond the 2.5 average myself ; – )

      • Jenn says:

        If you are interested in reading (Be Fruitful & Multiply) I would be interested in your feedback and “talking” to you more off of your blog.

        • Heather says:

          Jenn – I am interested in reading it at some point but I have several commitments to fulfill first, but if you’d like to email me your thoughts on the subject I am very interested in hearing them!

  10. MJ says:

    Interesting read. This seems to me like the type of information that is out there if we seek it, but many choose not to for various reasons. While I (with full support from my husband) have decided to forgo chemical methods of birth control, I do feel that the various pills that are out there are a great option to have.

    Working in a field where women find themselves in a situation where they feel that the best option for them is to terminate, I’m thankful that there are options such as the pill. Knowing how many patients a year that our center sees alone, I cringe at the thought of the pill not being an option. The numbers would skyrocket. Not an ideal situation for those who are pro- or anti-choice.

    I’ve known for years that Plan B or the Morning After Treatment worked in one of three ways, have have told many women/patients each way that it could work. Even knowing that it was essentially a higher dose of the pill, I never really considered that the pill would possibly work to prevent implantation as well. Makes sense though. Always feel that knowledge is power :)

  11. Amanda says:

    Heather,

    Thank you for your post. I’ve been on and off the pill for years; at first so I could be dumb, and then so my cycles would restart after baby #1, and again after #2 so I could space out the next pregnancy without living up to my nickname [Fertile Myrtle]. I was never consistent with the pill, one month on six months off… I always seemed to get an uncomfortable feeling about it after a couple weeks and quit again. I knew about the ways that it worked in my body, but I never applied it to myself or my conscience. I got lucky after quitting the pill again after #2 and had some friends turn me on to NFP. I even got my husband (not a book reader) to read the book and learn about how NFP works, the when’s and why’s and now he is excited for our special nights more than before. Getting off and staying off the pill has been one of the best decisions of my life, and I wont be going back. EVER.

    • Heather says:

      That’s great, Amanda! I’m glad NFP has been a positive experience for ya’ll. We have found it to be a little frustrating but worth it given the other alternatives.

  12. biscuit23 says:

    Good post. When I started taking birth control pills in 2007, I was unaware of how they actually worked; the doc said that was the best option, so that’s what we went with. After they made me COMPLETELY CRAZY for about a year, we knew we had to try something else. Now we use a combination of barrier methods and the Fertility Awareness Method (we never have sex without a condom, and when I’m ovulating, we completely abstain). It might sound extreme to some people, but we are both in grad school right now and just can’t have a baby…hence the redundancy of our methods. However, I did receive a lot of judgement when people found out I was going off the pill. Lots of jokes like, “What do you call a woman who practices natural family planning?” “Pregnant!”

    Anyway, I’ve kind of rambled here, but just wanted to say that I appreciate the post. This is a dirty little secret that no one wants to talk about, but it’s so important.

    • Heather says:

      Ha! LOVE that joke . . . especially since it is totally untrue! Daniel and I have used NFP through our whole marriage with 100% success. In fact, I know the exact days both of my children were conceived. We were fully aware of the implications on those days and chose to embrace them. No surprises here!

  13. i’m still thinking about all this, and something just keeps bugging me– when I found out that the pill was abortifacient, i asked my boss at the time (an ob/gyn and self-proclaimed christian) if it was true. she told me that it was not abortive, but that the mini-pill (progesterone only, typically given to breastfeeding moms because it supposedly won’t dry up the milk supply like the regular pill does) and IUD was, and that given the fact that people get pregnant while on the pill and have babies all the time, it couldn’t possibly cause miscarriage. she continued to prescribe the mini-pill and IUD. this is extremely disturbing! i don’t know if christian doctors are in denial so that they don’t lose business or if they really just are ignorant. either way it’s pretty scary! it makes me wonder too, how often does the pill really prevent ovulation? and conception? and what percentage of use is actually preventing implantation? even people who are ok with it being a last resort, how do they know that mechanism isn’t the most successful one and more babies than we can even imagine are being aborted all the time? ok i just keep getting more and more upset so i’m going to stop now.

    • Joanna Moore;

      Your boss continued to prescribe the pill and all other manner of contraceptives because it was her professional responsibility to do so regardless of her personal beliefs. If women wanted spiritual guidance in making medical decisions they would contact a spiritual leader. Doctors take an oath to treat the patient in front of them, whether they like it or not that patient is the WOMAN not the fetus that may or may not be present. Any doctor who ignores that oath and withholds medical information or treatments from their patients because of their own personal beliefs should have their licensing revoked.

      Heather;

      Thank you for writing this post as factually and respectfully as you could. While I disagree with your opinion it is very interesting to have it put out there in such an articulate way. Honestly, before I read this I always thought that fundamentalist pro-life Christians were against the pill for the same reasons they were against masturbating and condoms. Thank you for setting me straight.

      The choice (and yes I do 100% support a woman’s right to choose whether to conceive or carry a child) of what birth control to use is not always an easy one and each woman should have the right to choose this based on their own personal beliefs about when life begins. Thank you for sharing this information so that women who agree with your determination can make an informed choice and look into alternate forms of contraception.

  14. Sarah says:

    Heather – I don’t know you, but we have mutual friends in Esther & Cindy. I just wanna give you a big hug & squeeze for tackling a topic so tender to my heart. Love your bravery for sharing your heart! I think this is so important, and I know that a lot of OB’s & CNM’s out there seem to have this topic off their radar. Thank you for bringing into focus w/ Christ’s love. :)

  15. pocketbuddha: i don’t want to use heather’s blog for personal debate between you and me, but i will respond just this once with my opinion: spiritual/moral/religious conviction should take precedence over career “obligations”. just like a doctor shouldn’t knowingly give a pregnant patient a medication that is of the class that will harm her unborn child, regardless of whether she needs it; rather, he/she will find an alternative treatment. if your boss asks you to do something you feel is unethical, i would think that you would refuse even though “it’s your job.” i hope you can understand my point of view.

    • Heather says:

      Joanna – Your are more than welcome to debate as long as you make kindness the rule. Shouldn’t be a problem . . . you always have! Thanks for your thoughtful comments on this topic.

  16. Joanna Moore.

    I am not trying to start any arguments. And I whole heartedly agree that you are entitled to your opinions.

    You bring up a good point, if I had a boss ask me to go against my morals I would absolutely need to take some time to think and meditate, and yes, I would likely exercise my right to refuse based on those morals.

    However; I would be unlikely to take a job that would put me at odds with my personal beliefs.

    An OBGYN trains for years to do his or her job, I am sure that birth control, family planning, and abortion are mentioned at some point during that training. If their moral compass is telling them that they should not take part in these acts, they are free to change careers at any time.

    A doctor has the responsibility to provide their patient with all treatment options regardless of their personal spiritual feelings about them. They cannot pick and choose what life altering information they give a woman (or anyone else) any more than a lawyer or judge can pick and choose which laws to uphold and which to ignor.

    The spirit of heathers post (please heather correct me if I am wrong) was that of free information.

    You cannot be outraged that information about how the birth control pill works is being withheld or downplayed to women, and then turn around and suggest that information or treatment should be withheld based on the basis of a doctor’s personal beliefs. Well, I guess you can, cause you just did, but to do so is at best illogical and at worst hypocritical.

    • Heather says:

      PocketBuddha – One possibility worth considering is how one’s view might change over time. There was a time in my life that I claimed to believe life began at conception because that’s what everyone around me seemed to believe. If I had become pregnant during that time I think I would have seriously considered an abortion. However, as I have matured the belief that life begins at conception has truly become one I own.

      A doctors views may change throughout their practice, and what they felt okay with during their residency may eventually become something that they feel they cannot in good conscience participate in. While I would never recommend that a doctor withhold information from a patient, I think they can inform the patient of their options but respectfully refuse to administer certain medications or procedures as a conscientious objector. That way the patient has not been mislead and the doctor is able to honor their beliefs. What do you think?

  17. Joanna Moore.

    I am not trying to start any arguments. And I whole heartedly agree that you are entitled to your opinions.

    You bring up a good point, if I had a boss ask me to go against my morals I would absolutely need to take some time to think and meditate, and yes, I would likely exercise my right to refuse based on those morals.

    However; I would be unlikely to take a job that would put me at odds with my personal beliefs.

    An OBGYN trains for years to do his or her job, I am sure that birth control, family planning, and abortion are mentioned at some point during that training. If their moral compass is telling them that they should not take part in these acts, they are free to change careers at any time.

    A doctor has the responsibility to provide their patient with all treatment options regardless of their personal spiritual feelings about them. They cannot pick and choose what life altering information they give a woman (or anyone else) any more than a lawyer or judge can pick and choose which laws to uphold and which to ignor.

    The spirit of heathers post (please heather correct me if I am wrong) was that of free information and informed conscent.

    You cannot be outraged that information about how the birth control pill works is being withheld or downplayed to women, and then turn around and suggest that information or treatment should be withheld based on the basis of a doctor’s personal beliefs. Well, I guess you can, cause you just did, but to do so is at best illogical and at worst hypocritical.

  18. Katie says:

    Heather,

    I’ve lurked before but this is the first full post I have read. Great job! My husband and I have been using NFP for 16 years 4 untrained years gave us 3 beautiful children and the past 12 years, after taking proper instruction, have been 100% effective with two more children. I highly recommend studying the “Theology of the Body”, the insights learned from it, I’m certain, will help lead you and your husband to land on NFP only and co-operating with our bodies and God through the marital act. This is a subject I have written on and preached to people about many times before. I’m impressed with your research. Most people, even pro-life/NO birth control people don’t know the tidbit about changing the definition of conception. Another scientific point most people don’t know is summed up nicely in the following quote. Keep up the good work.

    “For years, environmental scientists have known that the synthetic hormones from birth control pills are being flushed into aquifers, rivers and streams and have been causing catastrophic feminization in fish and wildlife populations.

    Between 30 and 60% of the synthetic hormones and the biologically active metabolites from the birth control pill are excreted in the urine of a drugged woman. Sewage treatment plants do not remove this drug effluent. Septic tanks do not remove it either. The patch and the estrogen ring are even more concentrated sources of synthetic hormones, containing as much as three to six month’s concentrated supply of synthetic, biologically active hormone. Rainwater seeping through garbage dumps rinse the drugs out into the water table, assuming the septic tanks and treated sewage water haven’t gotten there first.

    Recent studies show that these same synthetic estrogens cause prostate deformities in men and kidney disease in both sexes. Since cancer cells are notorious for the proliferation of estrogen receptors, these hormones are also actively suspected as being the fuel for many cancers. They are likewise suspected as a principle culprit in reports of falling sperm counts throughout the developed world.”

  19. Karen says:

    Hey I have a question. A friend was telling me that his mother couldn’t have children and the doctor had proscribed the pill for her and soon after she became pregnant. my question is this: what was it? a lack of Estrogen? is there any other way than the pill. I am totally against the pill, but for those who can’t have children is it ok for them to take it to regulate their period or whatever they need? I am uneducated in some of this stuff. Thanks!

    • Daniel says:

      I’m not giving advice, Karen, just pointing something out: If this person’s mother got pregnant while on the pill, she unknowingly put her child at risk. I’m not a woman, but I wouldn’t take the risk. As we see, doctors have been wrong before.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Karen! That’s a very good question. While there are many causes of infertility, the fact that your friends mom became pregnant after going on the pill indicates that her obstacle was probably a hormonal imbalance. In those cases there are a lot of options other than medication. Hormonal imbalances often come from inadequate nutrition/too much stress, etc. In other words, there are many lifestyle changes a woman can make that will increase her chances of conceiving AND benefit her health along with any future baby she has.

  20. Megan says:

    Heather, thanks for sharing the truth in love. I enjoy reading your blog because I always feel informed, not condemned.
    When my husband and I got engaged, I struggled with our birth control options. He is still in school, I am embarking on a new career, and we are paying off some debt from our younger and less educated days. We felt we needed to give ourselves time to finish school, pay off debt, and adjust to marriage so we can create a loving and stable home for our future children.
    For the first 15 months of marriage, we chose the Pill. We were both uncomfortable with this choice, but my doctor made it sound like the “only” option out there. The hormones in the Pill made me feel stressed, overly emotional, and caused weight gain. I never felt like “myself” while I was taking it. I stopped taking my Pill about a month ago. As I researched my choice, I was so encouraged to learn that, yes, there are plenty of other options out there!
    I’d love to see a future blog post about natural family planning options for those of us who don’t want to use hormonal birth control.

  21. [...] about the apparent lack of consistency between the views expressed here and the view expressed elsewhere on this site. The answer is simple: I am pro-life. My friend Julie is pro-choice. Neither of us like those terms [...]

  22. Sam says:

    Up until now, I’ve heard conflicting things about whether the pill is an abortifacient or not. The majority seemed to side with “not,” and the others were dismissed as uninformed and over-reactive scare-mongers. Your blog is refreshing in that it actually cites sources. I was reluctant to believe you until I got to the part about how the word “conception” was being used by some people, not to mean what we ordinarily think it means, but as a synonym for “implantation.” That explains a WHOLE lot, like how professional organizations, like Planned Parenthood, can get away with saying the pill prevents (not just reduces) conception. This is an inconvenient truth that most people probably don’t want to hear, but I think you’re absolutely right that people ought to be able to make INFORMED decisions, and that as long as they are being mislead with equivocal words, they aren’t really being informed.

    It’s hard not to rationalize when you hear such an inconvenient truth, so let me share the first rationalization that popped into my head. Maybe there is some merit to it. You said in this blog entry that no tests have ever been done (or published) that explore how frequently the pill prevents implantation where conception had already occurred. That would be very interesting to know, because if the primary function of the pill is actually to prevent conception, and if conception is actually very rare, it might be more accurate to say that in the case of the pill, there’s merely a RISK of abortion, and that it’s primary function isn’t really abortion. In that case, you could look at the pill the same way you look at other things in which there’s a risk of death. For example, there’s a 1/200 chance of death during an amniocentesis (or so I’ve read). The purpose of amniocentesis isn’t to cause death. When deaths DO occur, it’s considered an accident. Is it always wrong, then, to have an amniocentesis?

    Is it wrong to do ANYTHING where there is a risk of death? If so, then it’s also wrong to take your child anywhere in a car since car accidents have been known to kill people. We put ourselves at risk almost every day in one way or another. Some amount of risk is necessary to live an ordinary life. Life would be pointless if we locked ourselves and our children up in padded rooms to to eliminate any risk of death. So some risk is acceptable.

    But there are two unknowns that prevent me from applying this analogy to the pill. First, I can’t really put a number on how much risk is acceptable. There is the further complication of weighing risk against benefit. Using a car for transportation, for example, is almost essential. Most of us would have a very difficult time making a living if it weren’t for having a car. How essential is it for a married couple to have sex freely without the concern of pregnancy? I believe sex is very essential to a healthy marriage, but since there are other methods of avoiding pregnancy, albeit somewhat less convenient, this may not carry much weight. Second, as you’ve said, we really don’t know what the risk of abortion is in the case of the pill. All we know is that it CAN happen, and that it probably DOES happen. The only way we know it probably does happen is because the pill has been known to fail altogether, and somebody can get pregnant while on the pill.

    So I can’t really say whether it’s worth it to use the pill given the risk. Although your blog post is going to make me very reluctant to want to use it in the future, I’m also going to be very reluctant to criticize anybody who does since I can’t really say whether the risk is worth it or not. The way I look at it, it’s not much different than some parents letting their children wander the neighborhood while other parents won’t let their children leave the yard. Within reason, you have to cut parents some slack and let them weigh the risks themselves.

    These are just my initial reactions to your post. I haven’t given it a whole lot of thought, and I may think very differently once I do. Thank you for sharing, though!

  23. Mindy says:

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for writing this post! This is the first time I’ve ever been on your blog, I originally came on it at the recommendation of a friend to view your birth slide show (beautiful, btw!) and then stumbled upon this post. I also discovered this information about the pill shortly after my husband and I got married. I’ve always been passionately “pro-life” and this information was devastating to me. The thought that there was a mere chance that I had unknowingly aborted one or more children was more than I could bear. I distinctly remember sitting at my computer reading through Randy Alcorn’s stuff and sobbing, just sobbing my heart out. At that point I figured, that all of my pro-life, Christian friends would be equally interested in the information. I was wrong. A few received it well, but some, to my shock, did not receive it at all! Like others posted above, they just sort of brushed it off, or as one engaged friend put it she and her soon to be husband deserved to be able to have “free sex” as a reward for their abstinence before marriage. I was blown away. I still am. It’s good (in a way) to know I’m not alone in receiving this response, but it breaks my heart that so many devout Christians can simply brush this fact off. I really just don’t get it. So anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for posting this information. I hope that a lot of people read it and really think about what they are doing when they take the pill.

  24. Sara says:

    I found out this information after I was married. I used the pill for several months but didn’t like how it made me feel, so we began using a barrier method. I highly recommend a diaphragm. I’m pretty sure my dr. made fun of me for using it she said I was her only patient who does. That isn’t true anymore, tho because I have been proselytizing as many women as possible and have won over a few. :-) I know there are some who say even barrier methods are “wrong,” but I think causing a woman to abstain during the time when she is most able to be aroused is also detrimental to the sex life of a married couple

    Someone brought up other health risks of the pill. Let me add that a relative of mine has had breast cancer in her old age, and is now being looked at for other types of cancer because of taking estrogen for so many years. The pill contributes to cancer BESIDES being abortifacient as you have said.

    GOD said “Be fruitful and multiply,” He never said anything about “stewardship” regarding children!

  25. tonya says:

    I have spoken to quite a few amazing midwives in our area and they have noticed ( i know there are studies about it too) that women who have been on birth control usually have longer labors and their cervix develop weird scar tissue like rings around it making labor harder without progress…. which I am sure this isn’t helping our c-section rate…..

  26. Michelle Merritt via FB says:

    Baking soda and apple cidar vinegar. Sparkling clean tub! And sprinkle some baking soda into their bath water lol This is what I do.

  27. Michelle Merritt – Ah, thanks for reminding me! I usually just use baking soda, but it’s definitely in need of a deep clean right now!

  28. Michelle Merritt via FB says:

    That method gets my tub cleaner than when I used to usethe chemical crap. It is truley amazing!

  29. Rachael McCoy via FB says:

    Thank you for posting. Sharing as soon as I get on the computer.

  30. Christine says:

    I agree. I think there are other reasons to avoid hormonal birth control, as well (side effects).

    But, I don’t think women were designed to have super-large families, either. I agree with author Debra Evans (who is against hormonal bc, but supports NFP/FAM and barrier methods) that women weren’t really designed to give birth to more than six children. And for some people, for their health, the number of births has to be much less than six.

    I’m guessing that herbs may have been used long ago to try to have a larger space between children? Also, it seems that breastfeeding used to be a more effective means of spacing children and preventing pregnancy. It could be the diet that changes over time, many new stresses, EMF pollution etc.

    • Heather says:

      Very interesting, Christine! I think there is a lot of wisdom in Debra Evans’ perspective. Yes, from what I’ve heard herbs were used but that knowledge has been lost (I have a friend that is researching it and records are really hard to come across). My children are naturally spaced three years apart due to full-term breastfeeding. If that trend continued It would take me 18 years to birth 6 children!

  31. What’s the baking soda to vinegar ratio?

  32. Caroline Black May via FB says:

    I have linked to this blog post several times in the last year. Each time it stirs up the WORST contention amongst my friends. Yes, if you really want to get a discussion going this is definitely the topic to bring up. And in the end of my discussions I am usually branded the hippie nut who doesn’t use ANY birth control (*gasp*) and will probably end up with more kids than any one person can handle (though when I bring up the fact that I’ve been using NFP for a while and am not pregnant with any surprises they credit dumb luck). Thanks for this post, I love it!!!

  33. Melinda Caruthers – I just threw in a little of both :)

  34. Caroline Black May – It makes me sad to hear that. I definitely don’t WANT to stir up contention, but I think it’s wrong that so many people have been mislead the third mechanism of the pill. If I could make it untrue, I would in a heartbeat. But it is what it is, and even though it was hard to hear at first I am glad someone told me. <3

  35. I really want to share this. I know it will stir up problems but hey, I didn’t make the pill! The facts are the facts. Typically when people get offended it’s because they feel a personal conviction and people don’t like that. I’m 19, married at 18 and my husband and I both decided not to use birthcontrol for various reasons, this being one of them. We didn’t use NFP to prevent it (he wanted a baby) 7 months later we conceived our first baby girl! We plan on using NFP for spacing and I’ve heard it works amazingly for other couples we’ve spoken with.

  36. Jenifer Bianca via FB says:

    NFP is great. It really brings a couple closer together. I think this post needs to be shared over and over again. The majority of women don’t stop to think about the means to the end. It just works. The how is never questioned.

  37. M says:

    I was put on the pill before I was married because of an ovarian cyst even though I was in zero danger of getting pregnant and I was shocked to read among the very long list of possible side effects the fact that the Pill can cause future miscarriages! The pills kept making me sick so I ended up trying about 8 different kind before I got one that corrected the problem after a month or so, but I read the fine print on every one of them and they all mentioned future miscarriages after ceasing to take the pull as a possible side effect. I didn’t want to take them them, but you can bet I told my husband before we got married there was no chance I was taking the Pill for contraception!

  38. Jenn says:

    Great post Heather! Thank you! My husband and I have used NFP successfully since we married 8 yrs ago. We knew exactly when we conceived our boys. I wasn’t keeping close track of my cycle last year while he was deployed and got pregnant with our baby girl while visiting him. While we were excited, the timing didn’t wasn’t great in our minds (him being away most of the pregnancy, moving a few weeks becore my due date, etc) but she is the most precious blessing-the best “surprise” ever! The separation was rough on us, and she is a reminder to us of love and commitment and so many other things. We thank God every day that His plans for us our better than our own! While we “plan” our family, we would always welcome a surprise blessing!

  39. I told my sister-in-law about this stuff 5 years ago before she got married, and I convinced her to stop taking them. (She waited until marriage to have sex, so I’m confident no babies were harmed!) I’ve posted about this on my Facebook wall also, but I generally get no responses, which makes me wonder what people are thinking about it. I’m always the one talking about controversial issues though. Nobody ever wants to talk about that sort of thing, no one ever seems to want a rational discussion. So I’m constantly bringing that stuff up, stirring things up, trying to get people to talk and think about these things no one wants to hear. I think the more we can discuss the “controversial” issues, the more we can really become informed and make choices based on facts. I can’t seem to help myself. I’m always doing this kind of thing, trying to inspire change.

  40. “Ten Reasons the Pill Sucks”

    I have not read this whole article but I wanted to post before it completely slipped my mind…

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/badcatholic/2011/10/10-reasons-the-pill-sucks.html

  41. Wow, that is an incredible article, Katie Huber Guy! Thank you for sharing. BTW, I ran across an abortion post recently that made a similar argument to “A Pro-Choice Perspective” and felt compelled to copy and paste your comment there (with credit, of course). A year later and I still can’t say it better :)

  42. RaMina says:

    You really didn’t know that the pill prevents implantation? That was the first thing my doctor told me when I was put on the Pill. Plus I learned about it in sex ed at school. The information is out there and is easily accessible. Anyone who doesn’t know that has obviously not bothered to do their research.

    Not to mention, your own BODY commits “abortion” even when you’re not on the Pill. Many eggs are fertilized and do not make it to the stage of implantation naturally. Many eggs make it to fertilization and don’t grow. Or begin to grow and are lost and the woman never even knows.

    I believe you’re using hyperbolic language to describe something that isn’t as serious as you make it seem. Not all zygotes will grow into viable fetuses for many reasons. Birth control is one of those reasons.

    • Sarah says:

      RaMina, you may not agree with the author’s convictions, but you are not addressing her concerns in your comment. There is a world of difference between something that happens which you have no control over, and something you choose to do – something like the difference between consensual sex and rape.

      As for the information being easily accesible, that obviously varies based on a woman’s experiences. You were lucky to have the information given to you. I was told to my face by several doctors that the idea that the Pill is an abortifacient was a lie perpetrated by “pro-lifers” who wanted to restrict my access to birth control. Yes, I eventually found out the truth, but it took some digging.

      The point of the author’s post is that we should to be aware of how the Pill works so that if the anti-implantation mechanism is something that bothers us, we can avoid using a method that works by that mechanism. If it doesn’t bother you, then don’t worry about it. However, please don’t say that being concerned about this issue “isn’t as serious as you make it seem.” I’m sure if you think about it for a moment, you can understand how – if you perceive an implanted egg as a person – the death of that person is a very big deal. I know I felt that way when I miscarried my baby.

  43. Nicole says:

    Great information. Thank you for telling the truth and for your boldness. I never felt right about taking the pill, although for a while I felt the pressure to and gave in. My husband and I decided to use other methods, knowing we may get pregnant and being ok with that. We just recently had our 4th baby. My husband felt very strongly that that was enough children for us. I felt like we should leave it totally in Gods hands, and my husband felt we had the freedom to choose. In the end I lovingly submitted to my husband and had my tubes tied. I know many who would blast me for this decision, but we feel right about it. If the Lord lays it on our heart to have more children, we know there are plenty out there who need a home!

    • Heather says:

      My husband and I had exactly the same opinions, only reversed! We now both feel that God has given us the freedom to choose and are at peace with that. Thank you for sharing, Nicole.

  44. Sarah says:

    I first discovered this information from Randy Alcorn after I had been on the pill a year. At my annual visit, I asked my RN if it was true the pill was an abortifacient. She completely laughed it off, told me it wasn’t true, and that as a science major, I should know enough about reproduction to understand that the massive chemical alterations in my body made ovulation practically impossible. I might have believed her, except that I have fairly painful ovulations. I am almost always aware of it when I ovulate, and I knew that it was happening about half the time I was on the pill. I agree that people have to make their own choices, but those choices have to start with truthful information. Anything else is the worst kind of deception.

  45. michelle says:

    Hubby and I agreed first thing that we would not use birth control. I just had my 7th. Jeremiah is 15 months old. I can’t imagine not having any of them. We are blessed.

  46. Jeanie says:

    I think that a man who does not believe in birth control is selfish. He is not the one that carries a child for nine months having a pregnancy take it’s toll on the body and even the health. Other than a vasectomy, birth control should be a woman’s choice. It’s her body and whatever choice she makes, she has to live with, no man should control that. With 5 billion plus people too many in this world I find it irresponsible to not practice birth control. Be fruitful and multiply was a great concept back when the world was first starting out, but now, good luck to future generations. This world of ours has enough problems sustaining the people in it with good food and water, I fear what will be left for them.

  47. Rebecca says:

    Hi, Heather!!! I read this when you first posted but declined to comment at the time. I must say, for those who think the info is readily available, that I had heard the “whispers” that BC could cause abortions, so I point blank asked my OB/GYN and he said it didn’t. I also remember a horrible time in my college days when I was making very bad decisions, and went to the school nurse to ask about the morning after pill. I told her I wasn’t going to take it if it caused an abortion and she said, “If you’re already pregnant, it won’t do anything, it only prevents pregnancy if you’re not already pregnant.” I guess they were both telling me the truth as defined by their “new” definition of implantation meaning pregnancy, but it’s not at all what I was asking. How in the world was I to know when I had been taught in high school health class that conception was the moment the seem fertilized the egg and two sets of DNA combined to form a new unique person?

    Also, I, too, was told by religious people that it was the responsible thing to do to take BC. I’m even guilty of saying that to people myself, before my beliefs evolved into what I believe today. I truly feel if more Christians actually knew this they’d think twice about taking BC. I had never even heard of NFP until your blog. I’m 29 years old!!! My husband and I used BC for a few months, then got off of it because we wanted a baby. We were pregnant around 6 months after we were married. Unfortunately, and devastatingly, that pregnancy resulted inn a miscarriage. The doctor put me on BC for 3 months so my body could heal before trying again, and it took 3.5 years to conceive. After my first was born, I was on BC for 2-3 more months doctor’s orders. But we wantd another child as soon as possible. Nursing prevented that, until after and unfortunate biting incident, I dried up while recovering from tender bleeding nipples (ouch!). Two months later we were pregnant again! After all this time we had decided to let go and let God. W prayed hard about this and decided never to use BC again, and this was before I read your article and discovered what I had only heard rumors of before. Imagine the look on the nurse’s face when I told her I wouldn’t be using it after my second child. I got the lecture, needless to say.

    Anyway, I really appreciate what you had to say. It has given me a new perspective, and I’ve been able to speak to the women in my life and share this with them as well. Nt a single one had ever heard this before, and we are all Christians…and outraged that we unknowingly have been doing this. I was especially angry since I had asked point blank.

    ***Please disregard any horrible spelling…it’s hard to type on an iPad, and auto correct is killing me!!!

  48. melyssa says:

    Thank you, honey, for sharing this! I know what you meant when you said you felt like throwing up. I realized this “inconvenient truth” twelve years ago, and I am not kidding when I say I lost friends over it. I mistakenly thought women would WANT to know. Though I didn’t push “my” agenda to see the world off the Pill, (I’m actually very shy), I did share my convictions. I literally had friends tell me to stop talking because they did NOT want to know. See, if they knew, they would have to do something different, but if they didn’t know…well, they didn’t know. The general feeling seems to be that if you don’t use the Pill, you will have 12 kids in 12 years…which is just silly, given how high infertility is. But it’s scary, I suppose. I am sympathetic to those who have been using it for years and didn’t know – what a rotten feeling to have been so misled. A good reminder to all of us to question things and constantly learn. Thanks again, and I hope you don’t throw up. :)

  49. Cory says:

    Thanks Heather. I appreciate you posting this. I found out the third mechanism of the pill years ago and stopped using it. I also stopped using the IUD after many years because it also does the same thing. I confronted my doctor about this and he did not deny it at all. He just said “Don’t go there”!! As in, he doesn’t believe its aborting a ‘life’. I also wish this wasn’t true, so much!!! But it is and I believe now that I do know, I am now accountable. For those who don’t know,or have never heard, its different. Does that make sense? Anyway, good for you for being brave and posting what is truth knowing you will face persecution.

  50. Cory says:

    Some people will turn a blind eye and wish it wasn’t true, some will attack, and some will accept it with an open mind and maybe research it for themselves.

  51. Julie says:

    Thank you for this! I was on the pill for yrs at a young age and as a result I got gallbladder disease and polyps which I then had to have it removed. I didn’t find out about the pill’s ugly truth until after I had already been on it for about 5yrs. I am so incredibly sad and sickened! I pray that I never concieved without knowing it :( I have 4 beautiful babies now and can’t imagine if I had caused the death (or deaths) of my unborn child(ren). Thank you Lord for your unconditional love and mercy!

  52. Was just telling someone about this the day before yesterday.

  53. Janette Linden McCune via FB says:

    Thank you for writing this and spreading the word. My husband and I are Natural Family Planning teachers and we teach this as part of our class. It is the unfortunate truth. This is one of the reasons the Catholic Church is against contraceptives.

  54. Erin says:

    Thank you for stepping up and writing about this topic and helping to educate readers. I’ve known it for many many years. My husband and I are NFP users/doers as well. NFP can be frustrating, but in the end is so much more worth it!

  55. Bethany Warner via FB says:

    Some do…

  56. Laurie says:

    I found this out after my first child. I was stunned by the numerous miscarriages reported in my friends and wanted more information. I concieved my first child while on the pill. I thank the Lord for knowing better than I and my husband because I certainly wouldn’t want to give her back ;). I don’t find this controversal at all. But yes, more like informative and Buyer beware. So many people struggling with fertility today have consumed some type of birth control and have no idea the affect it itself has had on their current fertility. Great information Heather. Hope this helps lots of families.

  57. Kasi says:

    Nope, not convinced and changes nothing for me except maybe my willingness to refer people to your blog. A life may be possible after sperm meets egg but it is not yet human to me and is not a baby. Even without contraceptives, many many fertilized eggs fail to ever implant or grow into a baby. I am pretty sure two months into trying to get pregnant, I had a spontaneous abortion – no chemicals involved. But I still would not call a six-day blob of cells a human baby, though it has that potential if all goes well. And as I write I am over 39 weeks pregnant. That hasn’t changed my stance either. You have a right to your opinion of course, but I totally disagree.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Kasi, I’m sorry you feel that way. I know not everyone holds the beliefs I do and my purpose in writing this was not to try to persuade people one way or another. I truly believe, though, that everyone has a right to informed consent and yet the information given about how contraception works is often very misleading. My goal was simply to bring clarity to that. Hope to see you around soon. <3

  58. Ashley says:

    I realize this post is older. But I am just now seeing it, and just now found your blog. I want to Thank You for seeking God’s will in whether to do this blog post or not. And submitting to Him in doing so. I have believe Children are a Blessing from the Lord and every child deserves a chance at Life. If you do not want a child use a form of birth control that will prevent life from beginning. After Life has started it should not be killed, by human hands. It is in God’s hands. But, that is my extreme Pro-Life view of things.

  59. Lindsee says:

    Wow, this post blew me away! I honestly had no idea. I have always hated being on birth control but I have been made to feel like there are no other alternatives out there. My fiance hates condoms and I do too. They make sex just so un-enjoyable for both of us. I’ve been looking to get off birth control (it makes me sick at night and I hate adding hormones into my body that I don’t feel are necessary) and this just solidified it for me. At the risk of sounding totally inappropriate, what do you think of “pulling out”? I know that in the Bible it does say it’s a sin to spill your seed to the earth. Now that you’ve got me thinking this kind of seems like the same thing as the pill to me. I would love to hear your thoughts. I would also love to see a blog post about Natural Family Planning because you’ve got me intrigued!

  60. Hi Tricia – I’d say the most important than is to eat a very nourishing diet rich in fermented foods that will help detoxify and restore the gut flora that the pill destroys. More on that at http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-the-pill-can-harm-your-future-childs-health/

  61. Tricia Lyons says:

    Wow! I know that is what happened to me! I have been convinced of it since 2001 when I suffered a miscarriage. I have spoken to many women who miscarry and they ALL told me that they were taking the pill before they got pregnant. I have been doing my own speculating for years and now, have more to back me up.
    So then the question is: What should a woman do who wants to conceive after taking “the pill”?
    I found a homeopathic Doctor who helped me cleanse my body through diet and exercise. I became pregnant not long after and can report that I have had 4 live births, and now 4 beautiful children! Praise God for leading me to natural Doctors and eventually midwives.

  62. Rachel Bagley via FB says:

    This was a brave post and I respect you bringing up an issue with such passionate supporters on both sides.

  63. Thank you, Rachel Bagley <3

  64. Maria Bowles via FB says:

    This is something I wonder about often as many women I know who took the pill, or other forms containing the hormone, have had miscarriages and sometimes miscarriages into the second trimester. It has happened way more often than my friends can handle. But my question is: Does it happen because they were on the pill or another similar form? If the pill causes the “soil” of the uterus to be thin and a hard place for seeds to grow, then the few that actually do implant only make it half way to full term, thus why so many of my friends are having second term miscarriages. But also when I see plants that are growing in hard thin soil, they are never very large plants and always look weak. Am I right to make this sort of conclusion about my friends who have previously been on the pill for so many years and then try to conceive?

  65. Justine Sterling via FB says:

    Thank you for posting this; I see that it’s quite old, so I might not have ever gotten around to reading it! Honestly, the title was click-bait for me. Putting “abortion” and “birth control” in the same sentence was jarring; I’m very much pro-choice and pro-contraceptives! *ducks for cover* ;-) Anyway, though I’ve always felt weird about hormonal birth control (I find it unnatural) I admit that my knowledge of it is limited because I’ve never used or needed it myself. I would be interested to see more studies about this third mechanism. I’m actually shocked that more people have not brought this up during pro-life debates or pressured the FDA for more information. I am tolerant of everybody’s opinions and beliefs (as long that it doesn’t interfere with a woman’s legal right to choose), so I can certainly see how devastating this could be for people who are pro-life and believe that conception happens when sperm meets egg. They deserve to know the truth about *everything* hormonal birth control does to their bodies in order to make the best decision according to their lifestyles and personal beliefs. This feels a lot like they’re being cheated out of the facts. The bottom line is that we can’t rely on our doctors for *all* the facts. :-( Thanks again, I will be passing this along to interested parties. x

  66. J C says:

    No hate mail here! You and I seem to have different views about birth control from a social/cultural/religous standpoint, BUT I think you did a commendable thing here. My experience with birth control pills was good for a few years while I was not having sex. They were prescribed to me for my periods and I wasn’t having sex, so no “abortion” there. However, when I grew up, I learned about how the pill works — actually learned how it worked, no sugar coating there — yet I still decided to take it. I am pro-choice and I don’t regret my decision to take the pill. However, I do believe that everyone should have informed consent about the things they put into their bodies. I beleive that many women are not taught to ask the right questions of their doctors (not just in this situation, but in many situations). We are socialized to believe that doctors know more about our bodies than we do. Luckily, we are seeing a resurgence of women advocating for themselves. Midwives, doulas, sisters, and teacher are encouraging women to listen to their bodies.
    I’ve seen questions on here about “could my friend have suffered because of this?” or similar thoughts. The bottom line is that we can’t know. I have had my fair share of medical problems, but I can’t attribute them all to the pill. I think some were caused by the pill, but I can’t be certain. We can only look forward. I invite your readers to share the information they’ve learned here with others in their community. Every woman should be taught to advocate for herself and the women in her community. We need greater transparency in our health care and sex education. Regardless of our political/social/religious beliefs, we agree on one thing: educating yourself about your body is something that is of dire importance. I believe your blog encourages women to empower themselves in many ways. Good post.

    • Heather says:

      Love love LOVE this comment, JC! Nothing worries me more than when too many people agree with me – makes me think reasonable people who hold different viewpoints have decided I’m not reasonable enough to have a discussion with. So glad you’re here and that you found this article useful even though you we see a few things differently.

  67. Monica says:

    My friend said that this is not true of all bcp. She said she researched and found ones that would not abort a fertilized fetus. I know there are different hormone combinations, and didn’t know if that would be what she was referring to? She doesn’t take them anyway, but I was just curious if you had come across this in your research?

    • Heather says:

      I have not but would love to know of some if they are available! I personally wouldn’t take them because I have other concerns (damage to gut flora, hormonal issues, etc) but it would be helpful information to have.

  68. Gwen Belanger via FB says:

    Absurd to me that this would make a difference. While I am pro life (Meaning pro nurturing, pro education, pro quality of life) many people are simply pro birth. If you’re on contraception, you’ve made the choice already and children who might otherwise suffer neglect are spared. If this three part process makes a difference for you, I’m glad that you know. I simply reserve my right to say once the choice is made it’s made. I wish more people would become pro lifers rather than just pro birthers. Children in the world deserve more in millions of situations.

  69. Maria Bowles – I have not really looked into that so I can’t really say. There are so many things that could play a factor. So sorry for your friends :(

  70. Justine Sterling – I am really late in replying so I hope you see this! Thank you SO MUCH for your comment! Nothing worries me more than when everything agrees with everything I write – makes me think reasonable people who happen to disagree on this point or that have decided I’m not reasonable enough to have a discussion with. So glad you’re here!

  71. Sara Elizabeth via FB says:

    Great article thanks for being honest and bold.maria,,i have never used any form of bc and had a16 wk loss and many friends who also never did and had second trimester losses.

  72. Rebecca says:

    Fantastic post! Good for me to hear again. I wish more people would hear this!!!

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  74. RG says:

    I am not coming from a religious perspective. I appreciate this post for revealing information about the pill. The pill concerns me from a health perspective. I am grateful many of you have shared your experiences regarding Fertility Awareness/NFP. Fertility awareness, combined with withdrawal and barriers during the fertile times, have worked 100% for me.

  75. Ayshea says:

    Good post. There are those that don’t even think to find out how it works. I was also surprised when I discovered how it works. Once I found out I decided that when I get married there will be no more taking the pill. I currently take the pill for regulation reasons. I also have to be careful which pill ‘brand’ I take or I become overly & easily agitated. I also wonder what effect, if any, it might have on my ability to have children in the future if I do get married someday (I’m 34, but it’s still possible despite my family thinking it will never happen ;) ). Mostly I’m worried that when I stop taking it my cycle will go back to the way it was before. However, that is the price I may have to pay, cuz I will not risk aborting a baby.

  76. Pauline says:

    Thanks for sharing this post. my hubby was doing research at Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba. Some of his colleagues were doing research on the fish that lived in that huge lake. What they found was fish with both female and male organs. Fish that once were male, were now both. you see, it doesn’t
    only effect us when we take the pill. We pee it and when it leaves our bodies, then all those hormones get into the water systems and it effects the fish. it is changing the lives that are trying ti survive is in the waters and lakes. I think that we are so selfish, people don’t even think of the consequences. Whatever works best for them.. Yah, right!

  77. Carey says:

    Heather, Thank you for being willing to put yourself out there and be a barer of the truth!!! I know that sick feeling. It’s so hard when your physical being fights what you know in your heart is right. It’s such a difficult task in the world we live in, to say something out loud because you love enough to be willing to be hated for it. But if we REALLY do love people then we have to be willing to put ourselves out there and tell them the uncomfortable, unselfish truth.

  78. Andrea says:

    Thank you for posting this helpful information :)

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  80. Alis says:

    I am curious as to why the term abortion is used here and not miscarriage. Is it because a natural termination is a miscarriage and what you describe is termination brought about by interference (with the Pill)?
    Thanks!

    • Vanessa says:

      Hi Alis, I know your question was from a while back, but I copied and pasted a quick summary of the terminology:

      “Any miscarriage is an abortion, but not every abortion is a miscarriage. Certainly an induced abortion is not a miscarriage.”

      If I’m not mistaken, the term “abortion” was used in previous years, before the more increasing convenience of having one surgically performed, to refer to when the body miscarries a fetus. The body, in this sense, “aborts” the pregnancy of itself. Obviously, we live in a society where the term is now used more commonly to refer to a premeditated abortion – that is, one which was decided upon – whether for birth control reasons or health risk to the baby or the mother.

      Technically, there’s always some kind of interference, whether the abortion is natural or induced. I think Heather is just using the correct terminology – even doctors today use the term when referring to miscarriages. I’m supposing the word “miscarry” is a lot more sensitive to a mother who has lost her child this way and is also accurate, since the “mis-” prefix usually implies unintention (think of words like “to misinterpret,” “to misunderstand,” “to mistake,” etc.)

      Hope that helps! :)

  81. Katie says:

    I just came across the post and am very pleased to see it. The Lord first began to speak to me about this in the months before I got married. I had started taking the Pill but didn’t feel right about it, so I asked Him. He led me to Genesis 2 and Malachi 2 and showed me His heart for children and family and how opposite the world’s perspective is. In Genesis 2, the first command God gave Adam and Eve is to be fruitful and multiply. Meaning that not only does He condone baby-making, but He likes it! In Malachi 2, He tells us that He “seeks Godly offspring.” I realized that He LOVES children, and this is why the enemy tries so hard to extinguish them before they’re even born.

    So I started doing the research on the Pill, read the fine print, and discovered the same thing you did. I was horrified and knew immediately I could never take it again. I flushed them all down the toilet and committed to trusting the Lord with my fertility, and accepting that the possibility having children was a part of the “package” I was getting when I got married. Well, we got married and attempted NFP as barrier methods were just totally not appealing. We were not good at it. ;) Our baby boy was conceived just a month and a half after our wedding. Totally inconvenient for me since I was a virgin up until my wedding day and wanted to just “have some time with my husband” before having kids. (This was my biggest reason for wanting to be on the Pill). Of course, our son has been the most amazing blessing. Well, epic NFP fail #2 happened when he was 6 months old, and I became pregnant with our baby girl, who is now a month old.

    That means I am raising 2 babies under the age of 2…something I never saw myself doing 2 years ago! But because I gave my heart to the Lord and allowed Him to change it, I saw how much selfishness was at the root of my reasons for wanting to “control” things. Our society sees children as a burden because individuality, independence, and self-will are our most prized values. God sees them as a blessing because He created them and his children (including you and me!) are His most prized possessions. But it takes a great deal of selflessness to raise them. I’m thankful the Lord has revealed this to me and that He is making my heart more like His. “Let the little children come to me…” My children are the most incredible gifts I have been given, even though they have come at great cost to my personal will and convenience. I pray more and more believers will come to this understanding. We should be the biggest advocates for children that there are, because God is.

  82. Melana Bucher says:

    I’m glad I read this. I actually just got home from my gyno and I told her I wanted to stop taking my birth control with all I have read about it. I don’t want to put anymore chemicals in my body. The thing is though, I have dysmenorrhea. Once I got put on birth control, my horrible symptoms (that put me in the hospital a few times) went away. Now I am scared that if I go off the birth control I will wind up in the emergency room again for extreme pain. I want to be off the birth control though! Any suggestions?

  83. Marlena says:

    I am really glad you posted this, it confirmed the gut feeling I have had ever since “birth control” became part of my vocabulary. I have always been super uncomfortable with the idea of taking birth control and went back and forth in my head about it for years. I was always OK with it immediately after doing research or talking to my OB but then once I let my heart “think” about it I knew it was not for me. For that matter, I feel the same way about any non-barrier or natural planning methods. I’m just not comfortable change my body chemistry with artificial hormones or spermicidal chemicals. Even in the case of copper IUD’s, the material itself may not be synthetic but it still changes your chemistry. I really believe that my body is meant to be the way it is, my job is to nourish and love it and make sure all of its parts function. If I don’t want to get pregnant, I will work *with* my body to try and make sure that doesn’t happen, not *against* it.

    Now, I just hope that the Gardasil vaccine I took when I was a naive teenager doesn’t have any ill-effects when I do want to have a baby. Ugh!

  84. Emily M says:

    Heather, thank you for going out on a limb and sharing this. I’m glad to know I’m not the only mom who uses NFP. We all may have different reasons for choosing NFP, but there is no doubt we’re outside the mainstreammainstream when it comes to our choices regarding our fertility :) Keep up the good work and God bless you.

  85. Jessica says:

    I had no idea..
    I specifically came to your blog today because I figured you probably used some form of natural family planning. I discovered your blog a few months ago when I started my family on the Paleo Path.
    I am so totally shocked. I have been on the birth control pill for 17ish years (except for the time I was pregnant with my first). I’ve never had any side effects that I know of from the pill so that’s what I was using. I wanted to see what else was out there since my prescription ran out. I just can’t believe I didn’t know this. I research everything, now. But I guess I didn’t at 17 when I started the pill. Thank-you for this information, I definitely won’t be renewing that prescription.

  86. Tamara says:

    Hi!
    I’ve read this post several times and the first time I read it, I found a link to another post about pro life and pro choice. Now, I can’t find it. I am pro-life, but I found that post illuminating and very educational. Did you take it down, or am I just crazy?

  87. Vanessa says:

    Came across your blog looking for the coconut soap recipe, and just decided to read the about section – two-twos, I’m here. Thank you sooo much for this information, Heather. Good analogies, quotes and references. I thought you tackled the subject very well, with the intention only of raising awareness so that people have as much information as possible to make educated choices concerning their bodies and families. Though you admitted you were hesitant to post something on such a controversial topic, I’m gratful you did.

    I have always thought I wouldn’t take the pill as I personally don’t believe consuming those chemicals are good for our bodies, interfering with natural processes reproductively as well as generally. I also knew it would be inconvenient at times, but worth it. It was simply a conviction. But I’d previously never given much thought to the science of it all. I had NO idea about the third mechanism and was so shocked after reading. The thing is, there are so many people unaware of this! And also, as a previous commenter stated, I find it quite odd as to why most pro-lifers (hate that term too) and those advocating it haven’t found this information to use it as part of their argument. Not that I’m big on the arguing.

    It’s so unfortunate how uneducated people are becoming, especially my generation and the younger teens, because this one “miracle”-contraceptive (be it in the form of pill, patch, whatever) has come along and is all that is shoved down their throats. It, and the condom, are presented as the main ways to avoid pregnancy, but the side effects or the ways these contraceptives work, especially the former, are only presented partially. Personally, I think natural family planning combined with full-term breastfeeding (another reason I’m already a fan) are great at “controlling” birth rate (though who really is in “control” – what He says goes), while also proving benefitial for all members of the family. I’m not saying everybody has to take these routes – everybody should do what seems right to them – it just would be nice for the information to be more readily available. (I already have 101 reasons why it isn’t.)

    Anyway, I will be sharing this with people. So glad I found this – I would definitely want to know! I know the majority of people won’t… but mehh, that’s the way of the world. Also gonna have a rummage through the rest of the stuff you’ve posted – really useful and I like the way you write!

    Thanks a bunch,
    Blessings

  88. Lindsay H. says:

    Thank you for this. I am pro-life but I also care about getting info out to women. Aside from what the pill actually does (which most women aren’t aware of) I also feel it’s so important to consider how it affects our bodies. It basically stops an entire organ system in our body from working the way it was made to. And I have many friends who have been greatly affected by this later in life when they want to get off the pill…not to mention many were put on birth control as young girls to help symptoms of a health issue that really should have been looked into further. But now they still may have that condition on top of all the hormones and chemicals that their bodies were subject to through the pill. Obviously I could go on but it makes me sad that women are led astray. And for a country who is continually more worried about the food we put in our bodies I find it strange that we don’t think twice about birth control. So thank you for sharing the info. Women do want to know these things. So many of my friends have made a conscious decision to get off the pill and work on getting their bodies back to their natural state. It’s awesome! I also read your letter of regret concerning this blogpost. I admire your desire to instill more love into what you may feel are opinion pieces. It’s so important to remember to love when we talk about these issues or try to help someone. I will say I felt that you really kept on track of sharing info vs cramming your point of view down people’s throats. So don’t be too hard on yourself. And if some women are still angry it may just be because it’s hard stuff to hear and at least you know you have planted a seed of truth. I think they’ll come around (;

    • Haleigh says:

      That was one of the reasons my husband and I decided for me to go off the pill. I had headaches all the time, which never used to be a problem for me, was always nauseous and had gained at least 25 pounds since starting on the pill. Needless to say, after we found out what the pill was really doing it was a no brainer.

  89. Haleigh says:

    I wish I had read this sooner. When my husband and I first started going over birth control options before we got married, we read an article stating that all hormonal birth control (hbc) is abortive. We were set on not using hbc, but then he talked to a friend of his who was in pharmacy school who said the article we read was written by some crackpot. My husband researched some more to find that that specific source was iffy. So we made the decision to use the pill. I was careful to choose and made sure my doctor knew where I stood on abortion. Well my mom came up to me the other day almost in tears saying she had just learned that ALL hbc is abortive. She said she was sorry for misleading me (to which I told her none of this was her fault. We simply stopped researching). Well, after that I started researching and brought my sources to my husband, also finding that the two pills my gyno had prescribed me were a abortive too. He was hesitant at first, but after reading what I had found and searching more in depth himself, he found the info to be true. We are now learning how to use the NFP and FA methods.
    Thank you for this info.

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