HHS Mandate – Irregular Cycles and the Pill

This is a series of short talking points that we have provided to our volunteers as information they can use in speaking out in various ways against the ObamaCare mandate on contraception. Feel free to use, build on, or share.

I use hormones for irregular cycles, not birth control. What is wrong with that?

Morally it is not wrong to use hormonal medications to “treat” cycle irregularities, however, if you are married it is problematic because of the abortifacient potential of these drugs. We say “treat” because in the vast majority of cases, such hormones do not solve the underlying problems that cause irregular cycles; instead, they often mask the true origin of the irregularity. They do produce a regular chemical bleed each month, which helps alleviate the problematic symptoms, but the problem has not been treated and solved. It will return once the artificial hormones are removed.

However, when properly practiced, NFP reveals externally what is occurring within a woman’s reproductive system internally. Thus, a woman can often unveil the underlying problem(s) herself simply by observing, recording, and interpreting her fertility signs. In addition, the excellent book Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition provides up-to-date self-help strategies and is included as part of the basic CCL NFP class material.

Admittedly, while there are a growing number of physicians who aim to treat women’s fertility issues without dependence on artificial hormones, there is a great need for more. Women deserve better approaches than what are commonly provided today. Women deserve physicians whose goal is to restore their reproductive system to health, rather than just have it appear so through the use of chemicals.