Rome has recently published several items on conception control: Licit Forms of Family Planning, Contraceptives-Religious Freedom under Threat, Both are worth reading. Also available is The The Standard Days Method (a secular publication). Obama’s government is trying to force and to require religiously-affiliated employers to cover contraceptive services in their insurance plans (read more at Ruling on Health Care Needs to Be Judged in Light of Truth).
What if Mary used contraception?!?!?
This page is not advoctating wanton fornication if you choose to use protection. Nor is it advocating extramarial erotic relations. Neither is it to be read as promoting same-gender unions and adopting the children of the lustful sexually depraved. And most certainly it’s not providing medical advice, which should be obtained only from a trained medical professional. This page is an awareness page only.
Most health authorities have advocated–even the Vatican has hinted–that use of the male condom is reasonably effective in preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.
For the sake of the naïve amoung you, condoms are latex sheathes that when correctly worn on the penis, trap the semen when the male ejaculates.
Condoms can provide some protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.But this protection is not 100 per cent. Both for contraceptive purposes, and for the prevention of infection, the condom must be applied correctly and worn throughout marital act and not just at the end of it.
Condom use has become widespread throughout the world, though there are whole areas of the globe where these devices are difficult to obtain. Religious opposition toward them has played a part in restricting their availability (in late 2010 the Vaptican appeared to suggest a softening of the Catholic Church’s teaching on condom use; the actual message in the statement was that the Vatican was merely saying he meant that the use of a condom by a man or a woman to prevent HIV transfer ‘could be an act of responsibility,’ if intended to protect life.)
There are now two types of condom: male and female. However, in 2010, male condoms still remain far more commonly used than female ones, which have not ‘caught on’ in the way that was widely anticipated in the 1990s.
The male condom is also known as a sheath, a prophylactic, a rubber or may have any other of a myriad of street names.
It’s usually about 7 inches (18 to 19cm) long, but various other sizes are available.
Most condoms are made of thin latex – a form of rubber. A polyurethane type is also available, which can be used by those who are allergic to latex.
Some brands of condom contain spermicides, shich are chemicals that are intended to kill sperm and act as an added prevention of conception, but these chemicals may occasionally cause irritation.
How effective are male condoms in preventing pregnancy? A condom’s effectiveness largely depends on the person who uses it. If the condom is incorrect applied or worn, or only worn late in the marital act, the protection offered by the condom will be significantly reduced. When used correctly, a male condom is about 98 per cent effective, however. This means that only about 2 in every 100 women would get pregnant in the course of a year. This is more effective than several other forms of contraception, such as withdrawal or using spermicides (chemicals) alone. And it’s far better than using nothing!
Warning! Conception may result if:
- the condom is not applied before engaging in intercourse
- the condom splits, is perforated, old, or incorrectly applied – unlikely if you handle it gently and avoid snagging it with rings or other objects, etc
- you use an oil-based lubricant, such as Vaseline, body oils, creams or lotions – these can make erode the material of latex condoms.
Oral contraceptives, or birth control pills, contain synthetic forms of two hormones that the body produces naturally. These hormones are estrogen and progestin, which regulate the female menstrual cycle. Some types of oral contraceptives use only progesterone hormones, but most use a combination of estrogen and progestin. As of 2004, there were three types of oral contraceptives marketed.
- Biphasic oral contraceptives use a constant amount of estrogen during the full cycle. At the same time, the amount of progestin is lowered during the first half of the cycle, and increased in the second half. This shift in dosage intends to mimic the natural ovarian cycle.
Triphasic oral contraceptives may vary both the estrogen and progestin levels at different times during the cycle.
“I have many teenagers and it’s the only method they’ll use — for them it’s the perfect method,” said Dr. Melissa Gilliam of the University of Chicago. The FDA sought the experts’ advice as it reviews the safety of newer hormone-based contraceptives launched in the past decade. The agency is not required to follow their advice, though it often does.
Diaphragms. Effectiveness is an important and common concern when choosing a birth control method. Like all birth control methods, the diaphragm is more effective when you use it correctly.
If women always use the diaphragm as directed, 6 out of 100 will become pregnant each year. If women don’t always use the diaphragm as directed, 12 out of 100 will become pregnant each year. You can make the diaphragm more effective if you
Make sure it covers your cervix before each time you have intercourse.
Make sure spermicide is used as recommended.
Your partner can help you make the diaphragm more effective by using a latex condom or pulling out before ejaculation.
Keep in mind that diaphragms do not protect you from sexually transmitted infections. Use a latex condom to reduce the risk of infection.
Just like oral contraceptives, birth control injections work at suppressing ovulation. With a success rate of nearly 99.7 %, these hormonal injections are effective for 12 weeks. The hormonal birth control shots are also known as DMPA – depot medroxyprogesteroneacetate. The most popular brand name for birth control injections is Depo Provera.
Intrauterine Device or IUD.
The letters IUD stand for “intrauterine device.” IUDs are small, “T-shaped” devices made of flexible plastic. A health care provider inserts an IUD into a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy.
There are two brands of IUD available in the United States — ParaGard and Mirena. The ParaGard IUD contains copper. It is effective for 12 years. The Mirena IUD releases a small amount of progestin, a hormone. It is effective for five years.
Effectiveness is an important and common concern when choosing a birth control method. IUDs are one of the most effective forms of birth control available. Less than 1 out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they use the ParaGard or the Mirena IUD.
Keep in mind that the IUD doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections. Use a latex or female condom along with the IUD to reduce the risk of infection.
The Ultimate Abomination. We have already voiced an opionion on the scandal of abortion (click Abortion, to read that posting). It is by any measure immoral and an abomination. What is all the talk about same-gender marriage and homosexuality when the hypocrites among us simply turn around an sanction the murder of the innocent unborn? Perhaps with all the praying we do we should turn our thoughts to the real world and put aside praying for a New York minute and do some temporal demanding; either your prayers are not being heard, you’re not praying hard enough, or you’re simply not praying!
But very clearly this is a human problem that should not be thrown into God’s lap! It’s a problem that is caused by human depravity and irresponsibility. It is a problem that erodes all other sense of what is good, right, moral, ethical and it is a problem that we human beings in confrontin it must grow up, wise up, stand up, and eliminate. I feel confident in teaching that God doesn’t make you fornicate or, when something goes wrong, inspire you to abort!
Remember: All Life is Participation in the Divine Power of Creation.
That’s why it’s called PRO-CREATION!
For further information on family planning methods click Contraception Choices to download or read an informative booklet.