Birth Control

We need some help answering a question regarding birth control used to treat a medical issue, not as contraception. If Birth Control is used for medical reasons and not contraception, should couples abstain from sex completely in marriage? Any clarity would be appreciated. 
Anya and Rob



Anya and Rob, 

You've asked an important question, and while it may seem straightforward, there are intriguing possibilities. Let's break down the pieces; I'll include links to much needed answers for this thorny question. 

Along with your medical support team, only you can determine if, when and how often you should take a medicine which not only solves a medical challenge but which also impedes procreation.  The real question is, does that particular medicine uniquely protect you from harm?  If it does, you are on solid moral ground in taking it.  Here's a link which breaks down that logic in detail:

However, beyond contraception, most of the reasons for using birth control are for reasons relating to menstrual pain or cycle control.  For those reasons you ought to consider the work done by groups who understand the challenges of women, like you, who would rather not take a birth control drug.  Here's a link which to research and a group who may be able to provide you with better alternatives: .  The work by these enlightened medical servants attempts to first deal with the underlying reasons for your symptoms as opposed to masking them with drugs.  If you haven't already checked with these providers, you should probably do so; that can ultimately help protect you from the otherwise negative side effects of taking birth control drugs.

There are some other non-menstrual medical reasons (such as endrometriosis) which lead physicians to consider using contraceptive drugs to control those conditions but even in those cases, it is wise to consult with a medical provider who is completely familiar with the negative side effects of contraceptive drugs.  Please consult with one of the providers found in the link or go here to find more options:

Thanks for bringing this important question to us; hopefully other women will read this and then find better medical solutions for their painful conditions.

Ron Kaufmann, MA, CO LPC #11336, EMDR Clinician
National Certified Counselor #267299
AASAT Certified Sexual Recovery Therapist



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