A friend posted a link to this post today on Biblical Homemaking about whether Christian should use birth control and I thought, “Gosh, I haven’t written about that on God Knits! I should tell MY story!” so here I am.
I don’t really write about or discuss controversial issues. EVER. In real life or on my various blogs. I do, however, tell my stories and let my readers come to their own conclusions.
Here’s my story where it concerns the use of contraception. We will save the “family planning” aspect for another post.
When my husband and I got engaged, I went to my naturopathic doctor and asked her about birth control. We knew we didn’t want to start a family right away. She wrote me a prescription for the Pill and I started it right away.
I felt terrible, gained weight, had headaches for the first time in my life and even threw up on the side of Thunderbird Road one night. The Pill was not kind to me.
In the meantime, I was working as an administrative assistant at a engineering firm and a kind Catholic gentleman handed me a brochure one day in the hall and said, “We never need to speak of this.” It was about Natural Family Planning.
As a lifelong learner and a Bible believing Christian, I read it and did some research. I was surprised to learn about what the Pill does to a woman’s body and felt betrayed by my naturopathic doctor.
That experience taught me that I am in charge of my health and must look out for what enters my body. To this day, I rarely take any type of medicine and am very careful about what goes on and in my body. As a disclaimer, I do still love Oreos and Cheezits and am by no means “all natural.”
The thing about the Pill that rocked my heart and left me feeling very convicted was discovering that one of the “benefits” of the Pill is that it thickens the uterine lining to make it inhospitable to a fertilized egg. Believing that life begins at conception meant that it was NOT OK that my body would reject a fertilized egg!! Imagining mine and my husband’s cell combining and multiplying and our future baby coming down my fallopian tubes just to be met by an inhospitable environment I created was heart breaking.
I debated for a while about what to do but I couldn’t escape the unsettled feeling I had about being on the Pill. As I gave it some thought, it just so happened that Phoenix was experiencing a gas shortage and I was planning to stay the night with friends to avoid the 50 mile drive home. While I was parked behind the tutoring center where I worked, my car was broken into and my backpack stolen, along with my pills. I felt like God was sending a clear message: “Stop taking the Pill.” Message received. I never refilled my prescription.
I knew I wanted a long-term birth control solution that didn’t involve artificial hormones, had no side effects and was easily reversible so I ordered two books: “Natural Family Planning” and “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler. As a Christian who is not Catholic, the NFP method didn’t quite gel with my beliefs. TCOYF, however, changed my life.
I started the Fertility Awareness Method immediately and have used it with great success for ten years now. We have conceived without problems three times and have not had a surprise pregnancy in all that time. What I’ve learned about my body because of charting is better saved for future posts but suffice it to say, I am now a self-proclaimed fertility nut and a big believer in the FAM.
Human life is precious and a decision about your birth control method (or lack of) is an important and personal one.
I will encourage you to search your own heart, ask trusted mentors, search the Bible, have a conversation with your spouse and make an informed decision. There is a lot to consider.
I’d also encourage you to extend grace to those whose method or perspective differs from yours, especially as you become more educated on the topic. Everyone is in their own phase of their journey–myself included. This is not a black and white issue for most people.
By the way, endometrial abalation destroys your uterine lining, too. Mayo Clinic’s explanation of endomertial abalation is: Here. It’s just something else to think about.