10. It’s free. With NFP there’s no copay, doctor’s fee or monthly costs. There are no trips to the drugstore to fill a prescription or pick up another box of condoms. All that you really need is your body. While there may be a small fee at the beginning for classes, even those can be waived.
9. It doesn’t cause cancer. One of the active ingredients in most hormonal contraceptives is estrogen, which has been classified by the World Health Organization as a Group 1 carcinogen. What’s a Group 1 carcinogen, you ask? It’s a chemical with sufficient evidence proving its carcinogenicity to humans. Other chemicals that share this distinction are arsenic, asbestos, silica dust and tobacco. Another chemical that is in Depo Provera (the shot) is depo-medroxyprogesterone acetate, which has been linked with a 2.2 percent increase in breast cancer.
8. It doesn’t kill your sex drive. Seriously. When a woman ingests excess exogenous hormones, her body makes more sex hormone binding globulin to hold on to it all. The thing about that is it’s not just specific for the hormones in the contraceptive, it instead binds the free testosterone in a woman’s body. Free testosterone is one of the main players in a woman’s sex drive; the more that is bound to SHBG, the less there is to stimulate her libido.
7. It is complete health care. The pill has been prescribed for a wide variety of ailments, from something as minor as acne to as serious as polycystic ovarian syndrome. That would be great if the pill actually had the capabilities of curing these diseases. Instead the pill supplements the body with excess hormones, inducing a false state of normalcy. When a woman quits taking it, her disease is still present and in some cases has progressed further because of hormonal contraceptive. NFP utilizes Natural Procreative Technology to diagnose and treat these diseases to restore a woman’s body to its natural healthy state.
6. No abortifacient properties. One of the lesser-known mechanisms of action that hormonal contraceptives use is modification of the endometrial lining. This modification is caused by progesterone and causes thinning of the endometrium, and why a lot of women have lighter periods while on the pill. Thinning the endometrium is great for having light periods but not so great for implantation and considering the doses of ovulation inhibiting hormones (estrogen) have steadily decreased since coming on the market you can imagine breakthrough ovulation occurs more often. These eggs released during breakthrough ovulation have all the opportunity in the world to be fertilized and thus create a brand new, unique human being. Disrupting the growth of that child (by thinning the endometrium and making it inhospitable) is a chemical abortion.
5. It’s green. NFP is the greenest form of family planning available today. There are no excess chemicals polluting the water, no plastic containers being pitched into landfills every month and no latex condoms going in the trash.
4. Understanding your body. Knowledge is empowering, and we shouldn’t be trapped living in ignorance of our bodies. The liberation that comes with understanding the ins and outs of your body (or your spouse’s) is unbelievable. Something as simple as checking your temperature every morning can give you insight into how stressed you are, if you’ve been keeping your diet in check, or even, God forbid, an early clue to a potentially devastating disease.
3. No side effects. As mentioned above, hormonal contraceptives can cause breast cancer. Not to be outdone by the other Group 1 carcinogens, it also causes weight gain, deep vein thromboses, hepatocellular adenomas and strokes. This medicine can quite literally kill you by solely taking the prescribed dose. NFP has no side effects to worry about and is equally effective at avoiding pregnancy.
2. Your mother approves. In Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae, the Church reaffirmed its condemnation on contraception. Pope Paul highlighted the theological and sociological reasons for this teaching, and quite frankly, they have been nothing short of a prophecy. He suggested that widespread acceptance of contraception would lower moral standards for the young and lead to marital infidelity, lead to a lowered respect for and increased objectification of women and, finally, would be used by the government and forced on everyone. Any of that sound familiar?
1. It works. For couples who have decided to avoid a pregnancy, the method efficacy (perfect use) of NFP is 99.5 percent while the user efficacy (typical use) drops a bit to 94.6 percent-97.9 percent effective. Are you wondering where oral contraceptives fall in the efficacy ranks? Method efficacy for hormonal contraceptives is as high as 99.9 percent while use efficacy is anywhere from 92 percent-98 percent. One of the great things about NFP is that it’s not just for avoiding pregnancy. For those struggling to conceive, NFP can help indicate the times of highest fertility. While NFP can’t guarantee a positive pregnancy test, NaPro technology has led to higher rates of pregnancies than Assisted Reproductive Technology has. This is because it helps identify the cause of subfertility and more specifically corrects the problem than ART.