OverviewContraception comes in many forms from pills to injections to latex rubber devices. The use of contraception has become such a common practice that most people only engage in non-contraceptive sexual relations when they forget, are caught up in the heat of passion or are trying to become pregnant. Acts of natural and purposely non-contraceptive sexual intercourse have become an endangered species.
Sadly most people have never actually stopped to examine the true effects of contraception on relationships, health and our attitudes to sexuality.
Problems with contraception
1. Many common forms of contraception pose risks to human health
On July 29, 2005 the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a press release stating that they rate combined estrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives (the most commonly prescribed forms of contraceptives in the world) as a Group 1 carcinogen. A carcinogen is a cancer causing chemical and a Group 1 classification is the highest classification of carcinogenicity that can be given, and it is used only "when there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans.”
Research shows that chemical contraceptives pose serious risks to the health of their users, and recent research has been published showing a link between vasectomies and health problems in males.
Despite this research many people continue to either ignore or downplay the serious health risks posed by many forms of contraception.
2. The long term effects of most contraceptives are still unknown
Almost all contraceptives are modern inventions, with new products constantly being released onto the market. This means that we have no long-term understanding of how these products will actually affect us, and whether or not they are harmless to the human body in the long run.
The research we do have shows that chemical contraceptives are not harm free products, and new developments in genetics are suggesting that chemical contraceptives will actually have serious and negative long-term effects upon the human body.
Manufacturers of contraception are continually promoting their own research which gives contraceptives the all clear, but independent research paints quite a different and definitely more concerning picture about the health risks associated with contraceptive use.
Often it is claimed that the health problems associated with contraception have been addressed and that contraceptives are now no longer as risky as they once were, but this is simply not correct.
A news story published in the US in 2005 showed that seventeen users of one particular contraceptive patch between the ages of 17 and 30 had suffered fatal heart attacks, blood clots and possible strokes since August 2002.
Such issues are simply being overlooked, ignored or subjected to spin doctoring by contraceptive manufacturers who make billions in contraceptive sales.
3. Contraception promotes a negative attitude towards human biology
The use of contraception makes the very powerful statement that human fertility is a disease or a disorder that must be medicated against.
Contraception encourages us to treat the gift and wonder of human fertility as a curse that must be fought against, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Human fertility is an important part of our biology, and unlike other aspects of our biology it has implications beyond our own body and relationships. None of us would even exist if it wasn’t for the wonder of human fertility. There would be no Einstein, Gates or Mother Theresa if it wasn’t for the awesome gift of human fertility.
Instead of promoting and instilling an appropriate sense of wonder and gratefulness, contraception encourages us to view our fertility as a disease that needs to be cured or fought against.
4. Contraception impacts our attitudes to sexuality and human life
Contraception attempts to remove a very important function of human sexuality - the creation of new human life.
Sexual intercourse performs two very important functions:
1. Bonding between a man and woman
2. Continuation of the human race
Contraception tries to divide these two functions by excluding the creation of new human life from the act of sexual intercourse.
This radically transforms human sexuality into mere pleasure seeking, and as a result our understanding and views about the consequences and responsibilities of sexual intercourse are downplayed or not even considered at all.
The result is a culture the views human sexuality solely as an act of physical pleasure seeking, and they view the important miracle of procreation as a scourge that must be overcome for the sake of sexual pleasure.
5. Contraception changes the nature of human relationships
Because contraception totally changes the nature of sexual relations by attempting to remove the responsibilities and consequences associated with sex, contraception transforms the way men and women relate to each other.
Contraception encourages men and women to engage in sexual intercourse without much thought for the full ramifications, risks and possible outcomes associated with sexual relations.
Research shows that most condom users completely overestimate the level of actual physical protection that contraception offers them and as a result they engage in riskier behaviors, seemingly oblivious to the true risks associated with such practices.
Because contraception reduces sexual relations to a pleasure seeking act without consequence, most men and women no longer consider the emotional and psychological outcomes of engaging in sexual intercourse with others, and there is certainly no consideration of the long-term effects of behaviors such as serial monogamy, etc.
It is also now commonplace for many men and women to use sex to fulfill their own personal wants and needs rather than to engage in sexual intercourse as an act of self-giving and total physical, spiritual and emotional connection with another person.
6. Widespread use of contraception leads to increased abortion
When couples embrace the philosophy that sexual intercourse should only be a pleasurable act with no responsibilities or consequences then they will naturally seek out other ways to avoid those responsibilities and consequences when their contraception fails.
The only way to avoid those consequences and responsibilities after conception has failed is to have an abortion, which is why many couples are now using abortion as a form of contraception, or back-up contraception when their initial methods fail them.
7. Widespread contraception poses risks to a society’s future
Whether we like it or not, the simple fact is that the more that a culture embraces a contraceptive mentality, the more that culture comes to falsely view children as a burden upon finances, relationships and other aspects of life.
This naturally leads to more and more couples choosing to be childless, or couples who put off having children and then they find themselves unable to conceive as easily due to their age, etc.
Widespread contraceptive use also increases the incidence of sexual diseases, unplanned pregnancies and abortions within a society as people engage in risky sexual behaviors, like sexual promiscuity, under the seriously flawed assumption that contraception offers foolproof protection against such things.
All of these things are already happening in the Western world with many countries no longer even able to meet their required replacement rates for new births. We now also have widespread problems with rampant sexual disease, unplanned pregnancies and abortions.
On top of this many couples are now discovering that human fertility does have its limits and their decision to put off having children for so long means that they can no longer conceive children.
8. Common contraceptives are actually abortifacient and not contraceptive
Most of the commonly used chemical contraceptives regularly abort newly conceived human embryos rather than preventing conception from occurring.
These contraceptives aren’t in fact contraceptives at all; instead they are chemical abortion drugs.
9. Contraception is not as foolproof as many like to believe it is
Most people today believe that if you correctly use contraceptive devices then they provide foolproof protection against sexual disease and unplanned pregnancy, etc. But this simply isn’t the case, and alarmingly most people have a totally unrealistic expectation of the actual protection that contraception provides them.
Even when used consistently and correctly contraceptive devices still fail, and in fact the more often someone uses contraceptive devices the greater the chances become that they will experience a contraceptive failure.
Just one failure is all it takes to contract a painful, permanent or even deadly sexual disease; or to become pregnant.
Are you saying that people should only have sex to have kids?
Not at all.
Sadly artificial contraceptive promotion has distracted attention away from effective methods of fertility regulation such as NFP (Natural Family Planning), which is also known as NFR (Natural Fertility Regulation).
NFR offers a healthy, reliable and cost-free alternative to artificial contraception. Not only do natural methods not expose those who use them to the risks associated with artificial contraception, but they also promote healthy attitudes towards sexuality, relationships and new human life.
If we are to effectively address the problems caused by contraception then ultimately a paradigm shift will be required on our part. Instead of viewing human sexuality as a mere pleasure seeking act devoid of any other purpose or meaning we need to rediscover the true beauty, meaning and wonder of human sexuality.
Click here to watch a 4 part video presentation on the medical facts about contraception
An article by doctor Joseph B. Stanford, M.D., an Assistant Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah, about why he does not prescribe contraception to his patients:
Find out more about Natural Fertility Regulation
What a Woman Should Know about Contraceptives
A website which gives a brief overview of many of the common contraceptive chemicals/ devices and their associated health risks (with footnotes to medical studies and other sources)
Catholic Church Teaching:
The Papal Encyclical containing the Catholic teaching about contraception
Issued by Pope Paul VI, July 1968
Contraception: why not?
The transcription of a talk given at a Catholic Physicians Guild meeting in the US, by Janet E. Smith, Ph.D: