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What We Didn’t Know About the Birth Control Pill

Lael and I got married while we were in college, and her doctor prescribed the birth control pill for her, since obviously, having a baby during college for two full time students would be a difficult experience, to say the least. Lael was told that the pill was hormonal and would keep her from ovulating. This is all true…mostly. Recently a family member was kind enough to respond to my post about the male birth control pill, which got me thinking, and doing a little research. During my research (thank you Google), I found NUMEROUS sites, pro-life and pro-choice, that showed that the modern birth control pill in ALL its variations is what is called an abortifacient, which means that in some cases, the body will abort a fertilized egg. How can that happen when the pill is supposed to prevent ovulation? A phenomenon called breakthrough ovulation. Sometimes an egg will get released. The older pills had more hormones, so this didn’t happen as often, but now, since the pill has less hormones to keep side effects low, breakthroughs happen more often. The stats are low, 4-10% of the cycles will end up releasing an egg, depending on what you read. So basically, that egg may get released, and then fertilized. Why won’t a woman then get pregnant?

Because another reason the pill works is because it causes the womb to be inhospitable for eggs to attach to the uterine wall. This means, obviously, that the possibly fertilized and now growing zygote (read:tiny embryo) will pass from the body and die.

This was news to us. I guess I never really thought about it, somewhere along the lines, I may have heard a rumor or something, but never took the time to read up on it, thinking “They would tell us, the church would tell us, someone would make a big deal about this!!”. But that never happened. We aren’t on the pill anymore, because we are VERY pro-life, and believe that life begins at conception, and that life is sacred. We prayed for forgiveness, and are moving on. But we wanted to let you all know what was possible. The odds are low, but we’ve been married for a long time…so there is a possibility we lost a child, and that is not a good feeling. However, we rest easy in the fact that we now know, and are doing what we believe is right. I encourage you to do some research on the pill if you are curious.

Here are some links to read if you’re interested, these may be inappropriate for children and teens due to the subject matter linked to on the sites.

Pro Life Site

Randy Alcorn (Christian Author) did a lot of research on this and has written about it. Here is a summary.

Some pro-abortion advocates believe that a woman isn’t actually pregnant until the fertilized egg attaches to the womb. Here is a pro-life response to that.

Here, the Mayo-Clinic states you can use several birth control pills at once as an emergency contraception (ie morning after pill).

This is the manufacturer’s site for one of the major pills. In the product info sheet, the three ways that the pill is said to work is inhibiting ovulation, changing cervical mucus to inhibit sperm from entering the womb, and changing the endometrium to reduce the likelihood of implantation (why prevent against implantation if it’s not possible??)

  1. Kathy
    April 5, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Yeah, it’s not widely known. I found it out when I was pharmacy tech, but otherwise I would have assumed that it stopped ovulation and that was the only way it worked. As such, it is not strictly “contraception” — only things that keep sperm and egg from uniting fit that definition. I’ve never been on birth control, and do natural family planning, which keeps track of the female cycle of fertility. There are numerous websites you can google for more info on that if you or anybody else are interested.

  2. April 5, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I’m not one for conspiracy theories, but I’m curious about why it isn’t widely known… Do the pharmaceutical companies want to keep that under wraps to protect sales and profits?
    We are trying the natural family planning. We have a book on the way actually. We’re going to give it a shot.

  3. April 5, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Eric and I had the same experience. I remember being so angry that no one had ever shared that information with me anymore. Since then, our lives have adjusted without hormonal birth control. We’ve used the methods recommended by Toni Weschler in her book _Taking Charge of Your Fertility_, and have been very happy with the results and the ease with which we can try or not try to have a baby. It’s actually been better for us in many ways: not only do we feel we’re doing the right thing now, but I’m more emotionally stable, and both of us know a LOT more about how everything “works” in that department. It’s been very good for our marriage, and now instead of all the pressure being on me to remember to take a pill every day, it’s a daily thing that both of us are involved in.

    Another website with some good information is abort73.com. Under the tab “Facts About Abortion,” you can see a series of articles related to birth control.

  4. April 5, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    PS: For a look at a similar posting on our own blog, go to http://www.ericandlisa.net/files/3820e657a570ca71776181573fb026e0-47.html

  5. April 14, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    When we were newly married we were talking to a friend about it and he said that when him and his wife were first married that his wife had lots of side effects because of the birth control. So he and his wife prayed and told God that they didn’t want to use birth control and they wanted to wait 4 years until they got pregnant. Once the four years pasted (without any children) they prayed and said ‘God we are ready now.’ The very next month they were pregnant. After hearing that Autumn and I wanted to do it but it was a big risk (we thought anyway, imagine that leaving it in God’s hands!) so after 1 yr. of birth control we also prayed and told God that we wanted to go off of it because we wanted Him to control our lives and not some pill. Neither one of us were completely comfortable with her using it the first place, but that’s what married people do, right? So, Autumn stopped taking it. We asked God to allow us to have another year without kids, Autumn wanted to be married for two and a half years before we had kids. Sure enough almost two months after our second anniversary Autumn got pregnant for the first time and we had Becka after we had been married for 2 years 10 months. We still have never used birth control since that last pill was used. It seems like God knew when we were ready for Andrew, and hopefully the next will be in good time as well. We have not used any methods other than just praying about it when the time was right. Anyway, that’s my story.

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