Birth Control: Sorry, I just couldn’t come up with a better title

This post is of a very personal topic. For my male readers, you might want to skip this one. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Over the years I have used almost every form of birth control.

  • Hormonal – Norplant, the pill
  • Barriers – Condoms, diaphragms
  • IUD – a device that creates a hostile environment in the uterus
  • “Rhythm” method – Avoidance around the 14th day
  • Fertility Awareness

As a new bride, I never took the time to learn about fertility or birth control. I simply followed what my family, friends, or doctor told me to do. I didn’t take it to God, but God brought the knowledge to me.

Here are a few things I learned….

My first experience with birth control was using hormones. I quickly found that my body does not like hormones. They wreak havoc on me. I think this was God’s way of protecting me. Because of the effect they had on me, I never was on any for very long. But years later, God showed me the more damaging effect hormones have…they sometimes abort babies. Yes, it’s true. Do the research yourself.

I had an IUD for 2 years and thought it was the best thing ever…until one day when someone told me the truth. A friend lovingly informed me how IUD’s also abort babies. What the doctor tells you is that it disturbs the uterine lining, making it so that an egg doesn’t implant. What they fail to mention, and we fail to recognize is that it makes it so that a “embryo” won’t implant so then the body aborts the baby. If you believe in life at conception, then that is murder.

Shortly after my friend told me this, I had my regular period. I was changing my pad and noticed a mass the size of a large marble. I picked it up to see what it was. It was firm and round, yet squishy like a grape. I put my fingernail into it breaking its exterior. It had cartilage in it. To this day, I do not know what it was, but I suspect it was the beginnings of a new baby. I am still grieved by my lack of knowledge and stupidity. How many other little babies did I kill? I know I am forgiven, but my hope is that by my telling you this, you won’t make the same mistakes I have.

I had my IUD removed immediately.

After that we stuck to the rhythm method and barrier methods. Now some Christians say that this is a sin and reference the verse about Onan “spilling his semen on the ground”. One thing my husband told me as he went through his pastoral studies was scripture wasn’t intended to be read as isolated sentences or phrases. Scripture was to be taken as a whole. In my opinion of reading the Word, God killed Onan because he didn’t fulfill his obligations as a husband…he shamed his wife. Read it for yourself.

It wasn’t till my 7th pregnancy that I learned something rather profound.

I learned that God loves me and knows me better than I know myself.

Hang with me, I am going somewhere with all this personal talk of babies and birth control. More to come next Thursday…

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    LOVE this post Kara! You need to send it the Above Rubies magazine! She is looking for articles for her next issue. I too went round and round with God on this issue 9 years ago and came to the conclusion that I needed to trust God and my husband. I haven’t used birth control of any kind since then and guess what?? NO babies! At first this freaked me out! ‘Cuz I was certain their would be 10 babies or more! But then I remembered that I asked/begged God to protect me as I stepped out in faith to trust Him with this very important area of my life. HE IS FAITHFUL!

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