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The Birth Control Pill: What Every Christian Girl Needs to Know

By: Kristen Clark

Whether you’re on the Pill, know someone who is, or think you might be on it in the future, this post is a must read for every Christian girl.

And since government data reveals that more than eight in 10 American women, ages 15 to 44, have taken the Pill at some point in their lives, we need to be educated on exactly what the Pill is, where it came from, and how it affects our bodies.

The “Birth Control Pill” hit the American scene in 1960 and changed human history forever.

For the first time ever, sexual intimacy and procreation were completely separated.

The invention of The Birth Control Pill is considered one of the greatest achievements for female freedom and sexual liberation. 

Planned Parenthood’s CEO, Cecil Richards, stated, “The Pill completely changed women’s ability to pursue whatever their dreams were.”

The Pill began to develop in 1951 by a chemist named Carl Djerassi, and was approved for contraceptive use in the U.S. in 1960. For the first time in history, the Pill was a pharmaceutical medication being prescribed for women who weren’t actually sick.

Ever since then, the Pill has gained popular acceptance and is now used by more than 300 million women worldwide.

As popular as the Pill is today, it carries with it a controversial past.

Margaret Sanger, an atheist, advocate of eugenics, and founder of the abortion mill – Planned Parenthood, was one of the early activists for birth control. She got behind this movement financially and pushed for it politically. However, her evil motive for birth control is swept under many rugs today.

Margaret’s primary goal for using birth control was for wiping out the “weak” populations of society. Her openly racist motto was, “More from the fit, less from the unfit.” Margaret’s evil agenda, masked under the banner of women’s health, paved the way for bringing the Pill into mainstream society.

Many other feminist activists pushed for the Pill as a way to “level the playing fields” between men and women sexually.

If a woman had the ability to have sex without the possibility of getting pregnant, she would then be free to pursue sexual relationships without any boundaries or restrictions.

In other words, she could be as promiscuous as she wanted without the burden of having a baby. Since children were no longer a hurdle, sexual intimacy was no longer “confined” to marriage. Women could now give their bodies away to any man they wanted without any “obligation” of commitment.   

Sexual freedom was the driving motivation behind legalizing the Pill.

WHY MODERN WOMEN LOVE IT.

The Pill was a deliberate and rebellious push to free women from God’s design for sex and marriage. Sadly, sexual liberation is the primary reason women love the Pill so much.

The introduction of the Pill launched our nation full speed into the sexual revolution. God’s plan for marriage and family were quickly dismissed as old fashioned and irrelevant.

Although the Pill was birthed out of a desire for sexual autonomy, it is now being quickly prescribed to modern girls and women struggling with anything from acne, to PMS, to irregular cycles, etc.

However, it is estimated that only 14% of women use the Pill for reasons other than pregnancy prevention.

Although the Pill has proven to help relieve some of these symptoms (acne, PMS, irregular cycles, etc.) it doesn’t actually fix the root problem. The Pill simply overrides our body’s natural hormones, which relieves the symptoms, but doesn’t fix the underlying health problems.

Although the Pill is quickly prescribed by doctors everywhere, it is a serious pharmaceutical medication, and should never be taken without careful and cautious research. Whenever a medication alters our body’s natural rhythm to such extreme measures, we must be cautious.

HOW THE PILL WORKS.

The Pill is made of synthetic estrogen and progestin (hormones), which both ultimately alter our body’s natural rhythm. The synthetic hormones override the normal hormonal functions of a woman’s body and ultimately prevent her from ovulating.

The Pill forces a woman’s body to stop doing what God naturally designed her body to do.

The synthetic hormone also changes the cervical mucus to make it harder for sperm to enter the cervix and find an egg. The synthetic hormones also change the lining of a woman’s womb making it almost impossible for fertilized eggs (i.e. babies) to implant. Therefore, those little embryos become forced miscarriages.

Basically, the Pill forces our body to alter its normal functions causing many unhealthy long-term side effects.

HEALTH ISSUES.

Many, many studies have been done revealing that the Pill isn’t as glamorous and “freeing” as it may seem. Some doctors have warned women that by taking the Pill, they may find themselves susceptible to major medical problems that may not show up until later in life.

Side effects from taking the Pill are proving to be complex and long lasting. Many women are now claiming that the Pill is responsible for long-term serious medical conditions like infertility, cancer, strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, liver tumors, gallstones, blood clots, and even death.

Author and popular speaker, Mary Kassian wrote, “When I was working in rehab medicine in the early eighties, one of my patients was a 24-year old single woman who suffered a stroke from taking the Pill, and as a result, was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.”

The women who do escape the more severe conditions aren’t off the hook.

They will most likely experience some, or all, of the following symptoms:

  • nausea
  • headaches
  • breast soreness
  • acne
  • decreased libido
  • depression
  • moodiness
  • weight gain

To prove just how real these health issues are, there are currently 1,100 lawsuits pending against Bayer Healthcare Corporation regarding blood clots, heart attacks and strokes allegedly caused by the Pill (Yaz, Yazmin and the generic Ocella).

By ditching God’s guidelines for sex in exchange for a life of sexual freedom, we as women, are now finding ourselves enslaved to a whole new set of problems.

MORAL ISSUES.

The pill has become such a normal part of life today that we, as Christian women, barely give it a second thought. However, it hasn’t always been this way. At the beginning of the twentieth century, every single Christian denomination condemned the use of birth control.

Children were once viewed with such value and worth, that receiving them into your family was considered a gift from the Lord – not a burden.

Sadly, without even realizing it, the pill has reworked our modern view of children to be more of a take-it-or-leave-it accessory.

As Albert Mohler says, “The availability of birth control in a reliable form – particularly in the form of the Pill – unleashed the sexual revolution. So long as sex was predictably related to the potential of pregnancy, a huge biological check on sex outside of marriage functioned as a barrier to sexual immorality.

Once that barrier was removed, sex and children became effectively separated and sex became redefined as an activity that did not have any necessary relation to the gift of children.   

The Pill turned pregnancy — and thus children — into elective choices, rather than natural gifts of the marital union.”

The Pill weakened our Nation’s value of babies, which in turn, became the perfect platform for legalizing abortion.

Another serious moral concern is the forced abortions that are caused by the Pill. If a woman is sexually active while on the Pill (married or single), there is always a chance she could conceive. However, like I mentioned above, the synthetic hormones in the Pill change the lining of a woman’s uterus, making implantation almost impossible.

The womb becomes hostile to the little embryo (i.e. human baby), and a forced abortion takes place. This is not okay.

Psalm 139 says, “For You [God] formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” Life begins at conception. Just think about how many countless babies have been aborted due to the Pill. Sadly, this can easily happen without the mother even realizing she conceived.

WE MUST GET BACK TO GOD’S DESIGN FOR SEX, MARRIAGE, AND MOTHERHOOD.

It’s time we, as Christian women, took a step back and carefully evaluated what has been shoved down our throats all these years. The Pill promised women freedom and liberation, but has only enslaved us to sin and brokenness.

Marriages are in shambles, 40% of babies are now born to single moms, men view women as sexual objects, teen pregnancies are skyrocketing, STD’s are plaguing millions (the Pill doesn’t protect against these), abortion has become a health “necessity,” and children are viewed as an accessory.

Just like a child thrives within boundaries, we as adults, thrive within boundaries too.

God created sexual boundaries for our own good and prosperity. The only way to restore the brokenness and devastation that the sexual revolution has caused, is to get back to God’s good design.

We have to repent for rejecting God’s design for sex and marriage and turn the reigns back over to the One who created us and loves us. God Word must be the foundational source for how we define our womanhood.

Enjoying sex outside of God’s design doesn’t bring about long-term happiness and satisfaction, but rather brokenness, disease, devastation, and death.

May we, as Christian women, chase after God’s truth and define our views of sex, marriage, and children according to His Word.

May our hearts beat to the rhythm of our Savior’s as we embrace His truth in our lives.

May we show a lost and hopeless world the joys and blessings that are found when we do things God’s way.

For more on this topic, check out this helpful post by Mary Kassian. 

READ PART 2: “The Birth Control Pill: Continuing the Conversation”

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  • Rach

    Whoa. Eye opening. Thank you for sharing.

    • Katherine

      Agreed. I knew the pill we bad but I didn’t know how bad .

  • Simply Searching

    Thank you so much for this post. I had been taking the pill (for health reasons) for almost a year when I stopped taking it last month. I knew it was bad for me and my body, and finally decided that that cost outweighed whatever benefits might be coming from taking it. I’m still on medication that I’m praying to come off of. It’s hard to know what is the right thing to do.

  • vwlover

    Very informative. Now I see the Catholic church in general are against it. I used to be part of the 14% was talking it for reasons other than preventing birth but I stopped. I initially didn’t feel right about going on the pill and tried other alternatives to stop the horrible pain from cramps but gave in. No one could figure out why my cramps were so severe. I stopped a year ago because I got tired of taking it. So far my cramps have returned but not no where near as severe. Should it get back to that point I will look at other alternatives.

  • Rebekah Teravskis

    Thank you Kristen for taking a stand against the Pill. I totally agree with you. I have promised the Lord to let Him be my birth control. He brings kids when He wants to. The ugly history of the birth control pill is sickening, especially to think of how many lives it has taken and ruined.
    Thank you so much. Kristen and Bethany. I really appreciate your boldness and your willingness to address hard and ‘politically incorrect’ topics. Keep up the good work. May the Lord bless your ministry.

  • Cat

    Kristen, I have to say that I am rather disappointed with this post. Most of the articles to be found on this blog are bursting with the love of Christ and a true acknowledgement of the brokenness in the world. This post has none of that. To blame the pill for the sexual promiscuity in today’s culture is the same as blaming the gun for the atrocities committed by man. I have been on the pill for around eight years for health reasons. Because of this, I can now stand up while on my period without worrying, my period lasts for three days instead of three weeks and I am no longer left immobile from cramps. My body’s hormones were not functioning as they should and the pill has balanced them. In all of those 8 years, I have remained a virgin because I–not the pill–am in control of my decisions. The lack of scientific evidence in this post (you reference no scientific articles or studies) makes this simply an uninformed rant. The myriad of pills available for birth control today are greatly different from the ones made even in the 1980s and 1990s and they all have slightly different ways of working in a person’s body. The obvious lack of compassion for me and others like me in this post is not in keeping with the love of Christ. You are free to disagree with me, but to ignore the experience of thousands of women is irresponsible and unloving.

    • Marissa

      They deleted my comment that was similar to this. I am very disappointed.

      • Hi Marissa, your original comment never came through. Please try to submit it again. Thx!

    • Jana

      Cat, This article was not written in a condemning way. It was a very good and informative article that our world desperately needs to hear. I too am a virgin and took the pill for one month (although my doctor recommended three) because I had missed 7 months of cycles (it has since then been more regular than it has ever been). But although the pill can be a useful thing within reason it should not be our go-to fix. It is not, in the long run, the healthiest option for your body; however, if you choose this for medical reasons only and not for birth control that is your choice and there is no reason to be defensive. If you feel condemned by this article then pray and ask God to show you what He would have you do in your situation and be willing to do what He shows you. He is faithful to answer those who seek His will in their lives. May God guide you.

    • vwlover

      The article did acknowledge that there are people who take the pill for reasons other than to prevent pregnancies. I was in that group and I know several other women who are/were in that group was well. Like you I am a virginnas well. I think, maybe I’m wrong, they were trying to point out as a whole what birth control pills have done to society. I will agree with you that just because someone is on the pill it doesn’t mean the person will become promiscuous but however there are women that feel liberated because of it.

    • Allison the Great

      I think it’s awesome that the pill has made your life so much better, and your time of the month something that doesn’t disrupt your life. The problem that arises when someone looks at something from a purely religious angle, is that they look at it from only that angle, as we’ve seen here and with other Christian bloggers who vilify the use of the pill. While it may be that only 14% of those who use the pill do it for medical reasons, those women have stories that are very similar to yours.

    • Jenn Miller

      I suffer from the same issues sister! I wrote the same thing!

  • Jana

    Kristen, thank you so much for taking the time to write this very informative and important article – I appreciate it a lot! I was taught to view the pill as you do and it was a refreshing reminder of why I have decided never to use it for birth control. May God bless you richly for the way you stand up for Him even when it is not popular. Randy Alcorn has also written a book called “Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?” with lots of scientific and medical information on this subject as well.

  • Halee

    Wow!!! Thanks so much, Kristen!!! This is exactly what every girl/woman needs to realize.

  • Clarissa

    Another thing I’d add is that, with regards to taking the pill for medical reasons, you have to realize the scientific discoveries of medicine and doctors and insurance is all within the Earthly human Realm. It does not take into account the works that God Almighty can do. We say in the Bible how God works miracles, literally Healing The Sick, the blind, lame, all in an instant. I believe that we as a society have become almost too dependent on our human systems thinking that they alone can solve all our problems and have completely eradicated the possibility of God coming in and working the supernatural with absolutely no human being can do, not even the smartest scientist. What if a national disaster were to strike and all our modern Medical Systems were to fail? Remember that we humans are a shrimp compared to God. I am not against taking medicine or seeing a doctor. But may I suggest that in times when we are sick, whether it be big or small, how about we try calling out to God and ask for a down pouring of the Holy Spirit to come and literally work miracles in our lives. Miracles are not just a Bible thing. It is the power of God and yes absolutely it is still present in this 21st century if we are willing to have faith as a mustard seed and let God come in and work Mighty powerful wonders.

  • Kaitlyn Burdick

    Wow…This was amazing, Kristen. I’ve always seen the Pill as an average thing…I never really cared if someone was on it or not. I didn’t think it was a big deal. Thank you for taking the time to educate all of us :)

  • Tami

    There are myriad of other things we do that alter God’s natural design for women (physically). So it’s a bit biased to pick one thing as ‘bad’ based on that. Make up, shaving off hair (legs, armpits etc), dyeing hair, diet (eating sweets, processed foods, etc) are all in opposition to God’s ‘natural deign. These activities ‘alter’ what God has put there naturally. They affect us emotionally, physically, chemically. So…

    • Rebekah Teravskis

      Yes, but they are on two different levels. Make up, shaving, and etc. in the long run don’t effect the lives of unborn children. These may change the way we look but not our physical make up. God also designed us to be completely naked, but because of sin entering the world we now have to wear clothes. Look at the purpose behind the creation of the Pill and the creation of make up, razors, junk food, etc. and compare and contrast them. The Pill was created with evil in mind. I would venture to say that the Pill is up there with the mind-altering drugs. It creates a negative health effect for women, and it kills babies, and it promotes promiscuity without repercussions. The other unnatural things that you listed are not overall bad for a woman’s health (well, over consumption of junk food, or any food for that matter, isn’t beneficial for you), and they don’t kill babies. Without the Pill, but with these other items, you could still be promiscuous but you might suffer the consequences. It all boils down to a matter of the heart, whether you have made a decision to follow Jesus and what convictions God has given you. If it is wrong for you to use make up and shave, then that is fine because that is what God has called you to do. But killing babies who are made in God’s likeness is never okay.

      • Lindsay

        First of all, the birth control pill, if taken as directed, will not allow you to get pregnant because it prevents ovulation. You can’t equate the birth control pill to abortion because the pill wouldn’t give you a fetus to abort. The Pill reaps numerous benefits for women’s health and has few serious side effects for women. In fact, for the majority of women, they’re healthier on the Pill than not. It provides some protection against certain cancers, solves issues with polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, acne, etc. and provides more comfort during a woman’s period. So, in conclusion, please refrain from arguing the birth control pill kills fetuses and that it damages women. You’re wrong on both counts.

      • Tami

        Here, we need to be very careful about what we define as ‘sin’ and ‘evil’. Very careful. Do you really know enough about the history of make up and junk food to declare whether or not they were designed with ‘evil’ intent? ‘Evil’ is a very broad term that encompasses anything (emphasis on anything) that is in opposition to God and His plan. It is not okay to point fingers at a woman who takes the pill, and say, in the same breath, that a woman who knowingly consuming unhealthy food is somehow ‘less’ guilty.

        You say the other things (make up, food etc) don’t affect the lives of unborn babies. Really? Make up is affecting a whole generation of women (mentally and physically)! And will continue to do so for generations to come. Unhealthy eating habits are affecting whole countries. These aren’t ‘mind-altering’? Not as big a deal?

        I’m not here to declare that we should all stay away from razors, or fast food, or eye shadow. Like you said, it’s about personal conviction. I say we need to be extremely careful when we are so condemning of certain things while a lot of very similar things are ‘acceptable’/’normal’. It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine. While we are pointing fingers at promiscuity, other ‘littler’ (sometimes even, more grave) sins are eating away at our spirits. Jesus said if you call your brother ‘fool’ you are just as guilty as a murderer. Those are the standards He has set for us – no little or big sin.

  • Christina

    So amazing :)

  • Jenn Miller

    This post upsets me, The pill has other uses besides pregnancy prevention. 1 in 10 women suffer from endometriosis a harmful disease that has no cure. The pill is one of the only things that calms this disease. I hate to see women shamed for taking medicine that will help them have a decent life.

    • Rebekah Teravskis

      Hi Jenn, I am truly sorry you suffer from endometriosis. The purpose of the blog was not to shame women for taking the Pill but to enlighten them of the history and damaging effects that this drug has caused on women’s health and our society. I was wondering if you have ever tried a more natural remedy for your endometriosis? Have you tried essential oils? I have researched it a little bit after reading your post and what I have found is very interesting. Women have found great relief and healing from using essential oils for their endometriosis. I don’t personally suffer from this, but my sister who has very irregular cycles has found help in essential oils. I highly recommend you look into them. They are completely natural and the worst side affect is sensitivity to the oil (but that is only in extreme cases and after using certain oils without dilution). Blessings to you!

      • Jenn Miller

        Yes, I have tried essential oils! Thank you for asking. They did help a little. Thank you so much for you comments! From what Drs have found out about this disease is to keep it from spreading, they need to stop your period. The thought is that the more blood the more the endo spreads!

  • Anna

    Thank you girls for this post. As a Catholic Christian (the Catholic Church is the only Christian denomination which maintains the original position of all Christian denominations had on artificial birth control) I am quite familiar with the damaging consequences of the birth control pill. I understand that many women take it for reasons other than pregnancy prevention (I was one who took it for irregular periods and acne as a single girl in my late teens early twenties) but as the article says the pill seems to be used as a quick fix and simply masks conditions without treating the problem. After going off the pill over two years ago I’ve felt happier, less hungry and less tired. I’m also concerned by the numbers of women on the pill and other birth control forms that alter hormones that eventually enter out water ways (sanitation systems that can’t purify it completely) and are consumed by all through drinking water. If I do one day marry I will use Natural Family Planning (NFP) which has higher rates of pregnancy prevention efficiency than artificial birth control, encourages a close relationship between the couple and most importantly as a Catholic is not a mortal sin. Thanks girls again for the article!

    • Val

      It is nice to find another Catholic here! I thought I was the only one!

  • CeCe

    I have a question!

    So, I’m on birth control because my period cramps are EXCRUCIATING (lol it’s bad). So far it’s helped me soooo much. But, from what I understand, if I were to get married and still take birth control, there’s a chance I could get pregnant, but not realize it because the baby would be expelled in my next period?

    If that’s the case, I’m going to stop taking them after I get married because that bothers me so much.

  • Bethany

    This article was very eye opening!! I was recently diagnosed with Pcos (at age 14). With Pcos irregular periods/extreme painful periods is a symptom. I have to go to the doctor again, but me and my mom already know they’re going to want to give me a birth control pill for my symptoms and we’ve already decided we’re going to say no. It’s just going to be hard because the Pill is like their automatic “treatment” (although it’s uncurable), which means going the more natural rout is going to be much harder. But I know in the long run, it’s going to be worth it. Thanks for sharing more information about the Pill and hopefully showing people it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

  • Lindsay

    Margaret Sanger wasn’t racist– she worked alongside black communities that requested her help. Martin Luther King, Jr. praised her efforts. Please check your sources (and reputable sources at that!) before you rant to young girls.

    • Izzy

      I would like to add that although I don’t approve of all that Margaret Sanger did (like Planned Parenthood and abortions), that her reasons for playing whatever part that she did in promoting the pill and abortions, are not relevant to the question of whether or not we should use birth control. Just because a “bad” person inented it, or had bad intentions when inventing it, doesn’t make the idea bad. That’s a fallacy or irrelevance; genetic fallacy to be more specific. Sometimes people’s evil plans turn out for good. I’m not saying that’s the case here, just that Margaret Sanger isn’t the topic; use of birth control is.

  • Kate Medaris

    Interesting.

  • Kate Medaris

    The Pill and other birth control is not a direct attack on Christianity, or any other belief. Rather, allowing sexual freedom is active acknowledgement that the world is full of many different groups and individuals who will act to each their own. Surprising as it may seem, not all women believe in the same God you do, or hold the same image of God as you. The Pill is for people who believe in a different design than you, perhaps one that views sexual expression and promiscuity as behaviors of self-defined individuality.

    • Kate Medaris

      procreating was once necessary for the human race to sustain it’s existence, but those days are no more. We live in an overpopulated world. If a woman doesn’t want to have children, there is no reason why she should. This doesn’t make her unworthy of marriage or sexual expression. Fertilized eggs are NOT the same as babies, even if the egg is fertilized and there is no birth control there many natural factors that could keep the egg from implanting. If it does implant, an egg is not considered an embryo for 12 days, not until after it forms a blastocyst (cluster of cells in a membrane). And the embryo does not begin developing a brain stem for days more. It is not a fetus until 8 weeks of pregnancy.

  • Elizabeth

    Then what types of contraception do you believe to be acceptable? I know that children are a gift from God, but even in marriage I don’t want a large amount of children. And just because they are a gift doesn’t mean you can’t desire having a certain amount and do some planning. The children you do actually have are a gift. Because whether you’re using contraception or not, if you’re seeking God and his will, if he wants you to have a child I believe it’ll happen. I know plenty of godly women who were using the pill and ended up pregnant. God gave them the gift of the child he wanted them to have.

    • Heather Hemsley

      It totally doesn’t mean that you can’t plan and desire for a certain amount of children, but God might not use your plan. I am the same way (with not wanting a large amount of children when I marry), but if God wants to use you in that way, he will. If he wants you to have a large amount of children (even if you don’t want to), he will. But the Bible says that God won’t give you more than you can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13). Even if it does seem like a lot for you, God will be with you through it.

      • Elizabeth

        I definitely understand God might not use my plan, he certainly hasn’t when it comes to my desire for marriage. I get he’s going to do whatever he wants.
        But I want to know what types of contraception they believe is okay. Or if they go with nothing because even a condom could stop sperm which could stop a child. Or even planning around her cycle isn’t okay because that too could prevent things.

      • Elizabeth

        Also Heather, just so that nothing is taken out of context, the verse you referenced is regarding temptation.
        “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬

  • Marlene

    I’ve read about the pill…, and what it does it’s to cover up a problem. It does not fix it. Whether it’s PMS, irregular periods… The moment you stop taking the pill, the symptoms reappear again. When you are on the pill, you’re not having periods, you’re having fake pregnancies.The pill makes your body believe you are pregnant. Not having periods is not healthy. The side effects of the pill outweighs its advantages. Taking or not the pill is your choice, but please educate yourself about it before deciding. The pill seems magical at first, but it isn’t at all what it seems.

  • Katy H. Axelle

    What other birth control methods you recommend?

  • Jesusfreak17

    Kristen, I am so thankful for your blog and I have a lot of respect for what you say on here. I am inclined to believe you in this case as well, but I also feel like an issue so connected to science and history needs a good list of sources. I want to chase after God’s truth, but the facts of Sanger’s life and intentions and what the Pill physically does is not written in the Bible, and I believe that in all cases where the Bible is silent (or doesn’t have specifics, as in this case), multiple sources of information should be considered. I want to be able to research the facts for myself and the lack of sources prevents me from seeing where you got your information. Additionally, you give no reason to those in doubt or who don’t believe a reason to believe your post. It looks unprofessional. Please know that I am saying this in love! I want people to be able to read this and have a reason to believe what you say. I want stronger reasons to believe what you say.
    Additionally, I agree with Elizabeth. I (eventually) want children, but especially due to my disability, I don’t want to (physically) have very many. So what types of contraception is okay? I would think that if there is no embryo, there is no baby, so preventative contraception isn’t anti biblical. What would you say to that idea?
    I pray you will consider replying to me and to the many girls who left comments below full of questions and confusion and hurt. I know you intended to educate us, but again, the lack of sources hinders the effectiveness of that goal. Please, please share where you got your information. It could make all the difference.

    • Wolfsmädchen ChasingButterflie

      Maybe FAM (Fertility Awareness) could be for you :)

  • Chloe

    I believe that God alone opens and closes the womb according to His own will, and I believe that no matter the physical problems we suffer, God can heal you! His way is the best way, and ultimately, it’s not about us, it’s about Him!

  • Just a Pro Life Christian Gal

    The purpose of birth control is to prevent contraception. Contraception happens 24-72 hours after intercourse, so if the birth control works properly it will stop the merging of egg and sperm altogether.
    In the off chance this doesn’t work and there is an embryo, it is most likely unviable as many embryos are once they form. Just because there is an embryo, the chances of it forming into a baby is still slim. In this case, birth control makes sure the cells cannot divide- hence stopping life from forming from the egg and sperm.
    This, however, is not an excuse for birth control but just some biological evidence that the Pill doesn’t actually kill babies as Kristan claims.

    • Eli

      Once egg and sperm connect, it is considered conception thus baby.

    • Wolfsmädchen ChasingButterflie

      This is not true… Conception does not occur 24-72 hours after intercourse!

      Conception can occur up to five days after intercourse, IF ovulation occurs in that time period. And birth control does not prevent cells from dividing, they prevent ovulation and in some cases, implantation. Nothing more.

  • Valerie

    Hey guys I really need help I’ve been having doubts about God and they won’t go away. Can someone please help me?

    • Eli

      What bothers you, dear?

    • Meredith

      Hi, Valerie. Even as an older Christian, I find myself having doubts sometimes too. You’re not alone! And there is hope and a way to fight it! The best thing I’ve found to fight away doubts was reading about The Armor of God, in Ephesians 6. We’re promised that if we take up The Shield of Faith, we will be able to withstand ALL of the attacks from the enemy. One of those attacks is getting into our head and causing us to doubt. So what I’ve done to take that to heart is to think about what I know to be true about God (He is good, He is faithful, He has redeemed me!) And call those to mind EVERY TIME I EVEN FEEL A HINT OF DOUBT COME TO MIND. So far, it’s really helped!
      I pray that this blesses you, dear sister.

    • Jade

      If you’re doubting that the Bible is true, go to youtube and listen to Voddie Baucham’s Why I Believe the Bible. Really helped me!

      Another AMAZING thing is Ray Comfort videos. He has DVD’s but also heaps of stuff on youtube. What he does is interview random people (a lot of atheists) and asks them a series of logical questions and by the time he is finished people are believing! Because he really shows how Christianity is logical.

      Another great resource is Answers in Genesis, if there’s ANY scientific/Bible question you want answered!

      Blessings :)

    • Jasmen

      I’ve been a Christian my entire life and I have doubts about the bible who God is Jesus constantly! Reading more of the bible and talking to God can help but a lot of times you can just feel bogged down with retoric. Whenever I have an attack of the doubts there are a few things I try to remember:
      1. Ask God to reveal himself to you or How he feels about you. God loves to be asked and invited into our lives and very often he shows us when we ask.
      2. Many times when I feel doubt I Choose to believe (much like its a choice to love) Choosing to believe that God is real and good even when it doesn’t feel like it is hard but5 definitely helps me
      3. Having someone you can talk to openly about your doubt who won’t judge you but challenge you to find answers
      4. Question everything! Maybe these doubts come from bad doctrine in your life, maybe bad life experiences. Its okay and GOOD to question but try to avoid a jaded perspective and try to remain objective.

  • Mary

    Does anyone know some alternatives to the pill to help with pms, cramps, and acne? I’ve had these since I was twelve, and it’s frustrating and painful. I’m afraid to try the pill because of the possible negative side effects. I’ve tried some essential oils that have helped to some extent, but I would appreciate ANY suggestions, including specific essential oils. Please comment if you have any possible ideas.

    • I was condemned that my acne was all “genetic,” but hardly anything is set in stone even if it is said to be genetic. I got rid of my acne with a major diet change. Low sugar/carb, organic, high natural fats (basically a Paleo diet). The synthetic fats will clog your pores, and this includes all vegetable oils excluding coconut and palm oil.

    • Alyssa

      Mary, there is a company of products called Plexus that I would recommend for you. My sister has had good results with her acne and it has helped me with pms and cramps. The products focus on gut health, which is the root of most health problems.

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  • Chelsy Bontrager

    Amen, amen, and AMEN. So much truth here, ladies!
    I love your articles but don’t typically comment just due to the time it takes. (sorry, I need to more often!)
    But as soon as I saw the TITLE for this post I knew that you girls would be getting overwhelming opposition for writing about a topic such as this one, and I wanted to encourage you to KEEP GOING. Don’t let the negativity get you down. Almost everyone these days is SCARED to write about hot topics like this one. Thank-you for being bold + gracious and presenting the TRUTH in love! So blessed by you girls’ testimony + spirit!

  • Hannah

    This is a very controversial issue for certain. Thanks for sharing this article. Looking forward to reading part 2.

  • Emma Grace

    Thank you for sharing this article! I have always wanted to learn about it! I can now see how in the dark I was about it.

  • Cappy

    First off, the pill in the past has indeed had negative effects but there is nothing wrong with a woman not wanting to have children. While God created her, it is ultimately her body. She has to live with it, not God.

    But for me, with extreme PMD, without birth control I would kill myself.

    • Loren

      The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Ye are not your own” your body does indeed belong to God. The Pill isn’t a bad thing it does indeed help many women as yourself. But have faith, God’s got you.

  • Mary

    There is some truth to what you are saying. However, taking the pill can have positive benefits. For some young women with polycystic ovaries, a few years on the pill can reset the hormonal balance and allow for a future where healthy pregnancies are possible. This is because polycystic ovaries are sometimes caused by too much testosterone in a women’s system.

  • OrangeGirl

    “When I was working in rehab medicine in the early eighties, one of my patients was a 24-year old single woman who suffered a stroke from taking the Pill, and as a result, was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.”

    This observation was from the 80s! Back then people thought drinking water during sports practice made you weak. Are you seriously saying this lady’s observation is correct? Holy carp.

    • OrangeGirl

      Also, none of the things you’ve mentioned except for the small bit about Yaz are anywhere close to legitimate. I cannot believe you are giving people medical advice and saying it is a sin to take a pill that helps regulate a woman’s hormones. You should be ashamed.

  • Brianne

    Awesome post!!!!

  • Louise

    So it is not okay for christian married couples to use the pill if they are trying to wait to have a baby? I think it would be wrong because of all the pill stands for, as you have outlined in this post but what would be the best way for a couple who are wanting to wait but without having to use birth control?

    • OrangeGirl

      No! It’s a dire sin to try to control how many children you have. Condoms, birth control, and other contraceptives are against God’s will.

      That is the logic of the two women who run this blog.

    • Personally, I think the best way is for married couples to let God decide how many children He wants to bless them with versus planning our lives according to our own will and not God’s. The Bible says that children are a blessing from the Lord. So, if you find yourself trying to prevent God from blessing you I would ask yourself why.

      • Katie

        Because I don’t want children. Simple as that.

  • Laurie House

    By “forced abortions” you mean miscarriages? And what is the root problem that the pill doesn’t fix? The “symptoms” are the problem! In fact, periods themselves are the root problem, the symptoms being horrible cramps which leave some people in agonizing pain, unable to leave their beds as well as extremely heavy flows.

    Planned Parenthood is not an “abortion mill” Only 3% of the people getting help from them are for abortions. 97% are there for health reasons, not go get abortions! They are a health clinic. With the advent of birth control teen pregnancies and abortions are down.

    You guys are cherry picking quotes, this was Sangers whole quote: On the rights of the handicapped and mentally ill, and racial
    minorities:

    “More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the
    chief aim of birth control”// That is the whole quote what she was talking about.

  • Great post!

  • Annie Marie

    I think it is really inappropriate for you to be offering women medical advice about the Pill when, as far as I can tell, you are not a medical professional in any capacity. The Bible isn’t a substitute for a degree. You could actually hurt people by misleading and misinforming them in this way. Also, while Sanger (like virtually all other reformers of her generation) embraced eugenics and we should deal with that history, it is also unfair to use that as an excuse to cut off women from access to birth control and health services that allow them control over their fertility and sexuality.

    I also really encourage you to try talking to women from different walks of life than yours. It might help you understand the complexity of women’s reproductive health and the real, beneficial impact fertility control has on real lives. This is not simply an issue of upholding “biblical marriage.” Most American families require two wage-earners, especially families barely scraping by on the (criminally low) minimum wage. The truth is women who need to work need to be able to control their family size so that they can feed, care for, and raise the children they do choose to have.

    Also I would really encourage you to open your mind and think about what organizations like P.P. actually offer women. First and foremost they are public health clinics that provide far more pre- and post-natal care for uninsured or under-insured mothers than they do abortions. In fact, it is highly probable that the rising maternal and infant mortality rates in Texas were caused by restriction of access to PP. The pro-life attack on PP may actually be costing us the lives of the mothers and babies pro-lifers are trying to protect.

    TL; DR: These issues of reproductive health are very complicated and require an open mind, empathy, and the willingness to educate yourself to understand. You will do far more good to yourself and others if you do that rather than simply promote misleading and narrow-miinded generalizations.

    • Anonymous

      THANK YOU.

      Kristen and Bethany are some of the most narrow minded and dumb people I have ever seen. It is one thing to believe in the Bible, and another altogether to take it’s meanings out of context and acting as if they know everything without even the smallest amount of research.

      Please, for the love of god, stop posting about medical issues you have done NO research on.

    • Anonymous

      THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR COMMENT!!
      I think that it’s horrible that young teenage girls might be afraid of taking care of their reproductive health because of what they have read on this site.

      Kirsten and Bethany please educate yourselves!

  • Adrianna Good

    I don’t want 20 kids thanks though.

  • Amber D

    Self control not birth control. Easy as that. Fell upon your channel on YouTube and have been reading your site for over an hour. Becoming a Christian wife in 3 months, born and raised a Christian, this is so amazing!

  • Katrina Jones

    Thank you so much for having the courage to write this much-needed article! So many women have listened to the lies of our culture instead of learning and obeying God’s truth. I thought you handled the subject very well – with grace and truth.
    Thanks again.

    • Jacky

      Most if not all of the information in this post is not true!
      I talked to my doctor a few weeks ago. Birth control doesn’t cause infertility. In a tiny, tiny percentage of cases it can cause the side effects that were mentioned in this post. If that is the case you should obviously stop and use an alternative method.

      Planned Parenthood is not an abortion mill! Most people go there for health related issues. Not abortions! Planned Parenthood also helps single moms. It is a health clinic!

  • Emma

    While I appreciate Kristen’s concern for women to remain true to God’s word, I’m confused by a) her lack of listed biblical passages condemning a non-abortive contraceptive and b) the lack of references to scientific research on this topic. While doctors have historically been lavish with prescriptions for their patients, they also go through an intensive education based on thousands of hours of study and research. We can hardly dismiss that without examining the effects of the Pill according to scientific experts who can present controlled statistics on the issue.

    While the Pill has certainly been advertised as a solution for women seeking promiscuous relationships, the fact that bad people have supported a medicine for the wrong reasons is hardly a reason to dismiss its uses for good. Similarly, we would hardly reject the Bible even though it has been grossly misused by people throughout history as an excuse for rape, war, and even slavery. The Pill isn’t by default a short cut to prostitution; instead, many Christian women use it like any other medicine to help with cramps, PMS, and clinical depression, as well as to enjoy sexual intimacy with a committed Christian spouse. Others take the Pill from fear of becoming pregnant through rape. Again, while I appreciate Kristen’s concerns, and while we definitely should research the medical effects of the Pill (as with any medicine), we need to actually see medical research that conclusively proves that the many good effects of the Pill are outweighed by serious health concerns.


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