Contraceptive Methods

The pro-choice people will tell you that pro-lifers are against contraceptives and want to take away your birth control choices. The truth is we want to educate you about all your choices. Sex is a gift God gives to a married man and woman.

  • Proverbs 5:18-19, NKJV. “Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth. As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love.”

The first thing you need to know is what abortifacient means.

abortifacient [ah-bor″tĭ-fa´shent]

  1. causing abortion.
  2. an agent that induces abortion.

The first combination (estrogen and progestin) birth control pill was Enovid 10 in 1960. To reduce fatal blood clots and improve efficacy, the estrogen dose has been reduced from 10.0 to 0.35 and the progestin likewise altered and reduced. Today’s typical pills have three major functions.

  1. They thicken the mucous plug at the mouth of the womb, the cervix. This acts as a bit of a barrier to sperm entrance. Another minor effect is to alter tubal mobility.
  2. About 80% of the time these pills block ovulation. In the remaining 20% there can be break-through ovulation with the possibility of fertilization.
  3. They thin and “harden” the endometrial lining of the womb so that, even if fertilization occurs, the one-weekold embryo cannot plant in the womb and dies. This is a very early abortion.

More Semantic Gymnastics

In the early 1960s it was determined that this newly available birth control pill would block ovulation and was a“contraceptive.” It was correctly judged that the public would accept this. But there was this anti-implantation effect also, which clearly was an abortion. They worried that if the general public found this out, the pill would be rejected. What to do?

There was a meeting of officials of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the US Food and Drug Administration, some drug companies and a prominent doctor, Alan Guttmacher. They solved this “dilemma” by officially, but very quietly, ruling that henceforth the word “conception” would no longer mean union of sperm and egg. Its new meaning was to be implantation one week later.

The word “pregnancy” was also a problem so they changed its definition from beginning at fertilization to beginning at implantation. Their stated reason was that her body was not pregnant until implantation.

Almost nobody was told about this then, nor do even most doctors know about it now, but this enabled the drug companies to call the “pill” and the IUD contraceptives. Today, using their new definitions, they say that the “emergency contraceptive” pill prevents conception and prevents pregnancy.

The obvious problem is that “the elite” say these things with a straight face, using their own definitions, while 99% of everyone else, including most clergy and doctors, believe “conception” and “pregnancy” still carry their traditional meanings of union of sperm and egg.

Pretty clever? You bet! To counter these misleading terms, pro-lifers should use “fertilization” not “conception” and always speak of“human life” not “pregnancy.”

Note: RU 486 does not work until two weeks after implantation and kills a developing baby whose heart has already begun to beat. It is an abortifacient, not a contraceptive.

What are the different types of birth control?

  • Female and male sterilization (female tubal ligation or occlusion, male vasectomy) — Birth control that prevents pregnancy for the rest of your life through surgery or a medical procedure.
  • Long-acting reversible contraceptives or "LARC" methods (intrauterine devices (IUD), hormonal implants) — Birth control your doctor inserts one time and you do not have to remember to use birth control every day or month. LARCs last for 3 to 10 years, depending on the method.
  • Short-acting hormonal methods (pill, mini pills, patch, shot, vaginal ring) — Birth control your doctor prescribes that you remember to take every day or month. The shot requires you to get a shot from your doctor every 3 months.
  • Barrier methods (condoms, diaphragms, sponge, cervical cap) — Birth control you use each time you have sex.
  • Natural rhythm methods — Not using a type of birth control but instead avoiding sex and/or using birth control only on the days when you are most fertile (most likely to get pregnant). An ovulation home test kit or a fertility monitor can help you find your most fertile days.

How does birth control work?

  • Female or male sterilization surgery prevents the sperm from reaching the egg by cutting or damaging the tubes that carry sperm (in men) or eggs (in women).
  • Long-acting reversible contraceptives or "LARC" methods (intrauterine devices, hormonal implants) prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs, prevent sperm from getting to the egg, or make implantation of the egg in the uterus (womb) unlikely.
  • Short-acting hormonal methods, such as the pill, mini-pill, patch, shot, and vaginal ring, prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs or prevent sperm from getting to the egg.
  • Barrier methods, such as condoms, diaphragms, sponge, cervical cap, prevent sperm from getting to the egg.
  • Natural rhythm methods involve avoiding sex or using other forms of birth control on the days when you are most fertile.
    • Daily observations of physical signs or biomarkers that change throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle indicate when a woman may be fertile.

      Healthy men are almost always fertile. Healthy women are almost always infertile.

      Using this information, couples may time sexual intercourse according to their desire to achieve or avoid a pregnancy. Instructions have been developed to provide reliable effectiveness rates for avoiding pregnancy and are collectively often referred to as natural family planning (NFP), fertility awareness, or fertility awareness based methods (FABMs).

“Emergency Contraception” Pills

We are constantly told that if a woman has sex on Saturday night and takes these pills on Sunday morning, she will then “prevent pregnancy.” In fact, there are three possibilities.

  1. She was not fertile that night, did not conceive and didn’t need the pills.
  2. She had sex Saturday night, an egg awaited, sperm deposited in her body quickly swam out to the end of her tube and she was fertilized. As is commonly stated, “She was pregnant before she got out of bed.” She took the pills Sunday morning, much too late to prevent fertilization. One week later, when the new human embryo tried to implant, he/she could not and died. Since there was no implantation, the mother’s body was not affected by this and proceeded to menstruate on schedule. Clearly this was an early abortion.
  3. Perhaps in a small percent of cases these pills actually can “prevent” pregnancy. Here’s how. She has sex Saturday night and takes the pills Sunday morning, but her body was programmed to ovulate on Tuesday. Since the pills were taken long enough before this, they possibly could suppress Tuesday’s ovulation. Then, even though she still had viable sperm in her body, she would not conceive.