The information I gained through our first set of Natural Family Planning classes through Sacred Heart was very helpful and informative. I learned the role of the male in the method and more about the Church’s doctrine and why it promotes a non-hormonal method of birth control. The spiritual aspect of the NFP method intrigued me; however what really drew me to this natural way of family planning were the positive ways that it would benefit Kathryn’s health by discontinuing the use of doctor-prescribed-hormone-manipulating birth control. Some of the published facts that astonished me are as follows:
Hormonal contraceptives can cause early abortions. (most common with IUD use) 1.
Women who use birth control pills or other forms of hormonal contraceptives are more likely to experience blood clots. 2.
Women who started using H.C.’s before their first birth are at a 44 percent higher risk of breast cancer. 3.
Women who use contraceptives 11 years or longer are at a 210 percent increased risk of breast cancer. 4.
1. Gold, R.B., "The Implications of Defining When a Woman is Pregnant" (The Gutmacher Report on Public Policy, May 2005) 2. Vleig, A.H. et al., "The venous thrombotic risk of oral contraceptives, effocts of oestrogen dose and progestogen type: Results of MEGA case-control study" 3. Kahlenborn, C. et al. "Oral Contraceptive Use as a Risk Factor of Premenopausel Breast Cancer: a Meta- Analysis" (Mayo Clinic Proc. 2006) 4. Croghan, IT et al. "The Role of Smoking in Breast Cancer Development: An Analysis of a Mayo Clinic Cohort" (Breast J. 2009)
*I know this seems a bit to "real" for a blog but I can't sit and say I didn't try. I know the majority of people who read this will ignore it and move on about their day. That's fine. I tried. Part of being a compassionate person is understanding and acknowledging that not everyone is going to agree with you. I am working on this. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeves and get upset every time someone doesn't do what I say/ask. Seriously, no hard feelings. I love everyone and when I say blessings to you I really do mean and hope that the holy spirit touches you in some way today.