Archive for May, 2013

Vitamins and Mineral Depletion Associated with the Pill

Day 4 of Prayer and Fasting in Reparation for the Sins of Contraception

Vitamin and Mineral Depletion has been found to be a common problem for woman who rely on the Pill.  For the user of the Pill, there are increased needs for some vitamins and minerals while the Pill causes the body to have difficulty in processing and absorbing other vitamins and minerals.

Remember that the Pill is composed of hormones which effect the metabolism of the woman’s body.  In fact, these very hormones are tricking the body to behave as if it is pregnant where the body is operating in a manner to support a mother and a growing child.  The needs are different than that of a non-pregnant woman and the body behaves different even in processing and absorbing vitamins and minerals.  Further, the processing of the contraceptive Pill requires a different metabolism along with the added difficulty of the liver working to break-down these hormones which are synthetic, man-made, and are more difficult to break-down than the naturally formed hormones.

This also raises questions as to how much the vitamin and mineral depletion associated with contraceptive use is casuing the multitude of side-effects that are also associated with using the Pill.

Any woman who actually uses the Pill really needs to re-think their use of it.  It is also advisable that the woman who continues to use the Pill needs to discuss with a competent nutritionist of their needs to supplement their diet with depeleted vitamins and minerals.

An Overweight Problem With The Pill’s Effectiveness

In talking about the effectiveness of the contraceptive Pill, one ought to first take note that the experience of overweight woman are not included in the effectiveness rates because the Pill has been found to be less effective in preventing pregnancy anyway.  Studies have concluded that “that for women who use birth control pills (as compared to women of lower weight), those who are overweight are 60% more likely to get pregnant while those who are obese are 70% more likely to experience contraception failure.”

(see http://contraception.about.com/od/thepill/i/overweight_2.htm

 

As a result of the greater rate of pregnancy that overweight woman using the Pill experience, the researchers have excluded the overweight woman from the studies.  In truth, for the overweight woman, they do not disclose the odds of getting pregnant when using the Pill, they should know that their chances of becoming pregnant are higher.

Incidentally, it is common for the drug companies to list as a side effect of using the Pill to be the gaining of weight.

The Pill: The Effectiveness of a Deception

Lifestyle is what is promised with the Pill.  A life-long lifestyle where a woman is in control of her body, her reproductive sytem, her career, her life.  She is to be no longer subject to her body’s fertility.

A life-long control?  Actually, the Pill never has never provided the control it promises, rather it offers a gamble where, as in all matters of gambling, the gambler loses and the house always wins.  Why if what is promised is a life-long lifestyle, but when one looks at the effectiveness of the Pill – and all forms of birth control, but abstinence – it is less than 100% effective and also described as for “first year of use.”  What do they mean by first year of use?

In every instance of “reliance” on “birth control”, we find that a woman could get pregnant even using “birth control”.  The “birth control” fails and can from the first use  and in any one instance to the last reliance on it.  The assertion is that while using the Pill a woman only has an 8% chance of getting pregnant.  Aside from that being a very dubious number in many other manners, it is a number that greatly grows when reliance continues from one year to two years to three years and onward.  Similar to the toss of a coin, the coin may always have a 50% odds of coming up heads on each toss, experience has taught you that if you have come up head for the last 60 tosses, it is quite unlikely it will remain coming up heads for much longer.  The odds turn against you at some point.  This is known in statistics as the cumulative probability.  For this reason, you find that the likelihood of pregnancy grows from year to year, even with the so-called perfect use.

The following Table is courtesy of Human Life International and can be found at: http://www.hli.org/contraception/692?task=view

 


Probability of Pregnancy Over Time for Fertile
Women Who Use Various Methods of Birth
Regulation, Ranked by User Effectiveness

Probability of Pregnancy in;

Method

1
Year

2
Years

3
Years

4
Years

5
Years

10
Years

Male Sterilization

0.15%

0.3%

0.45%

0.6%

0.75%

1.5%

Female Sterilization

0.5%

1.0%

1.5%

2.0%

2.5%

5.0%

ParaGard IUD

0.8%

1.6%

2.4%

3.2%

3.9%

7.7%

Lunelle

3%

6%

14%

17%

19%

35%

Depo-Provera

3%

6%

14%

17%

19%

35%

NFP (STM)

2%

4%

6%

8%

10%

18%

Pill/Minipill

8%

15%

22%

28%

34%

57%

Evra Patch

8%

15%

22%

28%

34%

57%

Nuva Ring

8%

15%

22%

28%

34%

57%

Calendar Rhythm

9%

17%

25%

31%

38%

61%

Male Condom

15%

28%

39%

48%

56%

80%

Cervical Cap [A]

16%

29%

41%

50%

58%

83%

Sponge [A]

16%

29%

41%

50%

58%

83%

Diaphragm

16%

29%

41%

50%

58%

83%

Female Condom [B]

21%

38%

51%

61%

69%

91%

Withdrawal

27%

47%

61%

72%

79%

96%

Spermicides [C]

29%

50%

64%

75%

82%

97%

No Method Used

85%

98%

100%

100%

100%

100%

References[A] For women who have never given birth.

[B] The female condom “Reality” is known as   “Femy” in Spain and “Femidom” in the rest of the world.

[C] Spermicides include foams, creams, gels, vaginal   suppositories, and vaginal films.
Note:  Accumulated failure rates are calculated with the   formula 1-(1-f)**n, where f equals the failure rate and n   equals the number of years.

The life-long lifestyle of birth-control with the Pill could very well mean pregnancy with the first sexual act as it is always a possibility, but it has a cumulative possibility that actually makes it more likely that you will get pregnant than not if you intend to use the Pill over a period of ten years as the likelihood of pregnancy is risen from 8% to 57%.

“Birth Control” really should be known instead as the “Gamble Against Birth” because  it is a gamble.

Either way, Control or Gamble, whatever happened to the focus on love between two who have so much love for the other that it is only satisfied with children?

Perpetual Adolescence

Today we read that the steroid-based so-called contraceptive Plan B/Morning After Pill/Emergency Contraceptive is soon to be available to those who are 15 years and older without a prescription.  We are being assured that these pills are rather harmless to any person conceived or woman ingesting the pills – no pregnancy, no death, no harm done.

It is this very lie of no consequences beyond the “liberation of women” that is so insidious.  There are plenty of harmful consequences including affecting yes the cultural standing of women in society.  According to Dr. Theresa Burke, founder of the post-abortion ministry Rachel’s Ministry, contraception is a person’s attempt to deny the responsibilities of their action on a matter so serious that it will stunt their maturation process.

True adulthood is measured by one’s capacity to be responsible for another, not merely age.  A child is naturally dependent on another, an adult who will care for the child.  An adult is one who can attend to one’s own needs and the needs of another.  An adolescent is one who is growing from the child stage to the adult, but is not yet capable, or at least fully capable, to care for another.  There is often the mistaken notion that when an adolescent successfully cares for oneself, the adolescent has achieved adulthood.  Encouragement for that notion is particularly strong among other adolescents who revel in avoiding the full responsibility of another.

Choosing to use contraception is nearly a metaphor for saying, “I don’t want to grow up.”  Or at least for saying, “I don’t want to grow up yet.”  There is an element of fantasy as there is the sense that one can act without consequences or responsibility after hearing otherwise throughout childhood.  One really can play house.

Unfortunately, this fantasy is not reality and certainly does have real consequences beyond not succeeding in its primary purpose of preventing pregnancy.  More on that later in this nine-part series.  For now, consider the loss of personal boundaries that occurs when one falls asleep to the consequences of one’s actions.  Consider the loss of the sense of the other that occurs when one loses one’s own sense of personal boundaries.  There is a true disintegration of the contracepting individual from others and society in an even greater sense than from a naturally conceived child.

Caryll Houselander, an early 20th century English mystic of the Catholic faith, recalled it said that the first victim of a tyranny are the young.  The tyranny of contraception is most certainly being foisted on the young, both in the womb and outside the womb.  The toothpaste cannot be returned to the tube, but we can respect the danger of what has been loosened to man only after the danger is really known.   Respect for the holiness of purity must be restored.  The Preborn Christ is Christ’s way of demonstrating the dignity of returning to the Original Innocence of dependence – dependence on  God Our Father and Mary our Mother in setting proper boundaries so as to set us free to see and serve the other.

Glory to the Preborn Christ.