Sex creates babies. Woah. It’s a shocking fact, I know. Sex is ordered towards the creation of new life. It’s the primary purpose and what a beautiful purpose it is. Yet in our culture, babies seem like a bad word and only for couples who have reached a magical age in which their financial, emotional, and spiritual ducks are all in a pretty little row. Until then, use contraception and let freedom ring.
Now I, admittedly, am being a little facetious. Truthfully, I believe a married couple can and should discern when to bring a child into the world. I know there are countless scenarios a couple might face: illness, death in the family, or financial strains. Due to these and countless other circumstances, a couple may discern that it is not the proper time to have a child. However, under no circumstances do I believe that a couple should use contraception.
My husband and I are one of those couples that have discerned that it is not the right time to have a child. One day, God-willing, we hope to have a large, loud, and beautiful family. We use Natural Family Planning or NFP to avoid pregnancy. NFP is not birth control. NFP is not the rhythm method that our grandmothers used.
Now, why don’t we use any form of birth control and what does this have to do with being Pro Life? Our religious convictions led us to practice NFP, but science supports and solidifies our choice. There are two main science-driven reasons that we practice NFP. First, many families choose to eat only organic, cage-free, and hormone-free foods. But the birth control pill contains these same hormones meant to alter woman’s natural menstrual cycle. Why put something in your body that “fixes” your healthy, functioning, and natural cycle? Take a look at how the birth control pill functions.
The “pill” functions in four ways:
1. The hormones in the pill suppress ovulation.
2. The pill changes cervical mucus, making fertilization difficult.
3. The endometrium lining in the uterus is thinned.
4. The pill causes changes to the Fallopian tubes, which effects fertilization.
(From the Pharmacists for Life International)
I believe it is time to stop the excuses and to recognize the natural, intricate, and amazing ways our bodies were created; working with our body, as opposed to against it. Sure, for a married couple, Natural Family Planning can be a challenge, but its time we take responsibility for our actions and their subsequent consequences therefore, protecting and fostering life both in and out of the womb.