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Ladies: we deserve better than hormonal birth control

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This is the best we can get?

Women of today have been convinced that our fertility is broken. And so, because it is broken, we have to fix it with a birth control pill. We think that being able to conceive is a burden or a problem. So we “fix” something that isn’t broken.

In no other case is this considered a good idea. You don’t spend time trying to fix something that is working properly. That’s counterproductive. If I took the time to take apart a car that was brand new and had no mechanical problems, that would be silly. Not only would it be a complete waste of time, but I would be setting myself up to break something that was in complete working order before I started my project.

Using Natural Family Planning has really been a no-brainer for me and my husband. As pro-life activists, we don’t want to use methods that could abort our children. And as a woman, I have no desire to use methods that could give me cancer!

This is what women have done to our bodies. By “fixing” something that isn’t broken, we have created even more problems for ourselves. We take birth control to “fix” our fully functioning fertility, and by doing that have seen a dramatic increase in breast and reproductive cancers. That doesn’t even make sense when you think about it.

Full disclosure here: I was on some sort of birth control method for 15 years. I have physically suffered because of those methods, including an extended period of infertility. And not to be a downer, but I’m literally just waiting for the day when I will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Not only do I have family history staring me in the face, but I increased my own risks by using hormonal birth control for 15 years and having two abortions.

Take a look at this article. Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a breast surgical oncologist and co-founder of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, says “medical textbooks attest to a 30 percent increase in cancer risk.” She also talks about the well-known fact that the World Health Organization classified hormonal birth control as a Class One Carcinogen. What else is a Class One Carcinogen? Here are a few: arsenic, asbestos, ionizing radiation, formaldehyde, and tobacco. So, all of these things are admittedly as dangerous as hormonal birth control, yet birth control is widely accepted. Look at all of the “quit smoking” campaigns that are out there. Yet, birth control is just as dangerous as tobacco and the only thing you see about birth control on television are the ads encouraging women to take it. Why the discrepancy?

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Simple. Because pregnancy is looked upon as a disease…something that must be “treated.” But women who can get pregnant are not broken. Their bodies are working in the way they were intended to work. So why put cancer-causing pills into your body to fix something that works?

“But Abby, I HAVE to take birth control. I have xyz problem.” You can fill in the blank; Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis, irregular periods, hemorrhagic bleeding during menses.

First, you need to know that you do not have to take birth control. Birth control does not “fix” anything. It only masks an underlying problem that ultimately needs to be treated. Birth control will not treat the problem. And honestly, it’s going to compound your problem…you have PCOS? Great! Let’s take birth control and add some cancer to it.  

Ladies, we deserve better. And the good news is that if you have these problems, they can actually be treated with something called NaPro Technology. You can learn more about it here. There are many NaPro trained doctors all over the country. If there isn’t one in your area, there are several who will actually see you as a patient remotely. They can order labs, test hormones and get you on a path to true healing even if you live in a different state. NaPro has also been a blessing to thousands of couples struggling with infertility. You can find a physician here. You can also find out more information about treating these problems naturally at this website.

There is truly never a reason to take hormonal birth control. Besides the fact that every hormonal method has the ability to abort an already conceived child, it is dangerous for those who take it. There are natural ways to space your children. You can learn more about these methods at this website here and this one here.

Using Natural Family Planning has really been a no-brainer for me and my husband. As pro-life activists, we don’t want to use methods that could abort our children. And as a woman, I have no desire to use methods that could give me cancer! My family history is going against me…I don’t need to add anything to make it worse.

Now, is Natural Family Planning always the easiest thing to do? Honestly, no. But is it 100% worth it? Absolutely. It takes some time to learn. There can be some minimal cost. But I would never go back to artificially altering my hormones and my fertility. I know that I deserve better than what hormonal options can give me.

Do better for your body. Do better for your marriage. Look into Natural Family Planning.

This is part two of my three part series regarding hormonal contraception. You can find part one here.

Part three: My Trip to the Neurologist. 

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Abby Johnson is the former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Bryan, Texas. After witnessing an ultrasound-guided abortion, Abby converted to the pro-life cause. She is now a leading defender of the unborn. Since leaving Planned Parenthood, Abby has founded a non-profit called And Then There Were None, which specializes in reaching out to men and women in the abortion industry, and providing them with the spiritual, financial, and logistical help that they need to exit the industry. 

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