This is part II of my series on the myths surrounding NFP. The first part, “Actually, NFP IS the Rhythm method“, covered the surprisingly lower than expected method failure rates of the old 1932 chart, and the lived reality that periodic abstinence–whether we call it NFP or Rhythm–presents a real challenge to Catholics who have need to consistently avoid for grave health reasons. (This all being said not to attack Church teaching, but to assure that we don’t minimize and bear false witness in our promotion of NFP)
My next topic, though, deals with the issue of menstrual health. Afterall, standard medical practices often prescribe drugs used for contraception to treat everything from minor annoyances we might have with the healthy functioning of our bodies to real menstrual health problems.
For decades, Catholic information outlets have emphasized the importance of avoiding hormonal birth control for minor issues. But, in so doing, they’ve created an impression that there are no menstrual issues that ever need to be treated in this manner. And now with the advancements of Naprotechnology, many argue there’s even a lesser need than before even though it’s still not widely available and is far more costly than traditional care primarily because much of it gets denied as “experimental medicine.”
So, here are the myths circulating in the Church regarding the use of these medications to treat menstrual health issues.
Continue reading “If it’s not being used for contraception, then don’t consider it one.”
RETURN TO ME || It’s been three years since Philip departed, and though Alison can’t forget him, she has tried to move on. She’s got her own place, a job, and even a budding new relationship. But as things start to blossom between her and the new guy, Philip appears briefly just before a strange man distracts her and stabs her in the hand.
A new danger arises as the Spirit realm begins to recognize Alison as a means to gain more power, and though the angel Gabriel warns her to keep the St. Benedict medal on for protection, Alison can’t help but feel tempted to search for Philip even though it means putting herself in danger and risks hurting her boyfriend.
Available for Free on
This is the first of a series of posts I’m going to be doing about NFP (Natural Family Planning), as in the use of periodic abstinence to avoid conception. Originally, I wrote up 20 Myths of NFP to submit to the FemCatholic blog, but a 10-page essay was quite long. I did send it suggesting it be split up into multiple posts, but then felt “No, I want to start posting now.” As such, I’m reviving my old blog. Out of the mothballs, here I come!
Besides, what better way to build a blog following than to stir up controversy? Afterall, I’m going to say things that remove the guild from the truth. This will be just the honest facts, because anything else is bearing false witness.
Indeed, this information does not come from my own self-interest, afterall, I’m relatively infertile and have not been able to achieve pregnancy in the four years I’ve made no efforts to avoid it.
This rather is rooted in having watched my mother go through 4 high-risk pregnancies in the course of fewer than 3 years. My parents had severely grave moral reasons to prevent pregnancy, and the NFP rhetoric put my mother’s life in jeopardy repetitively. And, as I kept hearing about how it was 99% effective and only moral to use if you were in a situation like my mother’s, I began to see that something was wrong. I even speculated that perhaps situations like my mother REALLY mandated TOTAL abstinence. (A view I no longer have)
As such, in 2004, I decided to write my first paper on the effectiveness of NFP back when I was a college student at Franciscan University. But I never stopped. The information I have is the result of 13 years of research simply because NFP is my hobby interest.
Continue reading “Actually, NFP IS the Rhythm Method”
Holly Grigg-Spall in many ways is completely different from me. She’s not religious, she’s a feminist, pro choice, and someone who spent a good part of her life on hormonal contraceptives. She has no anti-contraceptive agenda, no religious bias to promote a religious ideal. And this, in my opinion, makes her book, Sweetening the Pill – How we got hooked on hormonal birth control, one I would highly recommend for any woman to read, Catholic or not.
Continue reading “Reading Recommendation — Sweetening of the Pill”