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Is there ever a medical reason for using the Birth Control Pill? | Catholic Life

Is there ever a medical reason for using the Birth Control Pill?

One of the troubling things about Catholic discussions of appropriate therapeutic use of “the pill” is that most people who are black-and-white assertive types don’t actually know what they are talking about, and the experts who do know what they are talking about confuse people. For instance, what is your first thought when reading this Catholic expert answer?

Q:  Is there ever a medical reason for using the Birth Control Pill? There is always an alternative which may uncover the problem which caused the gynecologic disorder for which the pill was prescribed. There is always a reason why women don’t ovulate normally, have intermenstrual bleeding, have pain or infertility. To prescribe the pill for these symptoms may delay or prevent a diagnosis. Source.

Do you see what that actually says? You might think that it is a very long drawn out “no” but that isn’t what it says. What it basically says is that prior to going on the pill there is always an option for diagnosing the actual source of the issue. Going on the pill without investigating the issue might mean risking a lack of correct diagnosis.

But this says nothing about whether there will be non-pill remedies once a diagnosis is made, or whether the diagnosis will be helpful for anything other than having a nice name for one’s symptoms.

The real answer is that yes, there are sometimes medical reasons for using the pill, and even NFP only doctors will prescribe it for therapeutic reasons. One can hope that they will first do a good job of making a correct diagnosis and then exhausting other options for treatment, but sometimes the same hormones that are used for contraception can also be used to eliminate pain and preserve fertility.

It is confusing and troubling to some, but it is also reality. And it is probably better to simply not address the subject if one is unable to address it fairly.

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9 Responses to “Is there ever a medical reason for using the Birth Control Pill?”

  1. Michelle 11. Apr, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    Agreed on all counts. :)

  2. Marc Cardaronella 11. Apr, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Yeah, that’s a pretty convoluted answer. Too bad experts can only write for other experts to understand.

  3. G. Alex Garver 11. Apr, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Good article. It brings up a fundemental question: What is a birth control pill?

  4. Jackie 11. Apr, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    Being a good Catholic who has recently discovered Catholic blogs, I have been feeling guilty about my medical use of BC (probs because it was preceded by non-medical use. Wasn’t till I went off it that my problems exploded).

    I’ve been on it for 3 months, and doing the continual use where I don’t take the placebos. So this is my first week on the placebos since January. And it is awful. Awful. AWWWWWWWWFUL.

    So to everyone who says there is never ever an acceptable reason for it’s use, I say lay off. You don’t know the pain that other people are in.

    So thanks for this.

    • Princess Christy 12. Apr, 2011 at 6:03 am #

      You said this wonderfully! So often the opinions are being stated by males who have no idea what it’s like. Sometimes it is medically necessary for people to function like something resembling a human being.

  5. Rebecca @ The Road Home 11. Apr, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    So well stated.

  6. Michelle Francl-Donnay 12. Apr, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    Yes, there are non-contraceptive uses for the drugs in birth control pills. Menorrhagia is one.

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