First off, allow me to tell you a little something about myself up front. I am not "crunchy" and I don't even like granola that much. Yes, I prefer organic, co-slept w/ my babies, and breastfed past a year but I don't consider myself "hardcore." Although I love me some tie-dye and Indian food, I also color my hair and wear high heels. I also am not a super devout Catholic. I mean, I'd love to be and hopefully am getting there but I don't see myself ever wearing a lace head thingy...I mean, I don't even know what they're called. Brace yourself...I still wear a bikini (and yes, I've seen this video). Also, I have been married for 10 years and only have 3 children. Duggers we are not (not that there's anything wrong with that).
It's important to know these things because I think people generally believe that NFPers fit a certain stereotype. This couldn't be further from the truth. I am blessed to know a broad spectrum of all natural married lovers and their reasons for doing so are also quite varied.
Before my husband and I got married, he knew up front that I would never use contraceptives. My reasons were both spiritual and physical while he just simply did not want me to put that "crap" in my body. Love that guy. In my youth I was...uh...not such a good girl. I used the Pill and later Depo-Provera. I believed the lie that this was the responsible thing to do and most definitely felt like it was a rite of passage. Sure, my mom encouraged abstinence but our culture (ahem, the devil) had a strong hold on me. Furthermore, I believed the lie that a person cannot control their body and that hormones are stronger than one's will. Now, the verse 1 Corinthians 10:13 comes to mind, "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." I had a way "out" but never called upon it.
Women are told to embrace their inner strength and that we can be and DO anything. True dat. Awesome words and empty words. We can be CEOs, soldiers, doctors, lawyers, and firefighters. But can we control our bodies? Laughable. Well I'm here to tell you, you can. Birth control does not just control birth, it controls your body. One of the many side effects of hormonal contraceptives is that it lowers a woman's sex drive. Romantic. Sex can also become less enjoyable for women because it changes the cervical mucus, therefore, vaginal dryness is a common complaint. Sexy.
There is a reason it is called BIRTH control and not conception control. "Hormonal contraceptives can also prevent pregnancy by making the lining of the womb inhospitable for implantation." WEB-MD. Yes, you read that right. All hormonal contraceptives are abortifacients. Basically, the fertilized egg starves to death because it cannot attach to the nutrient rich lining of the uterus. The dead blastocyst (new life w/ separate DNA) gets flushed out with the woman's next period and she had no idea she was even pregnant. How often does this occur? There is no way of knowing. I wept when I learned this truth.
The organic food industry is expected to grow by over 12% in the U.S. by 2014. I personally find this very exciting...and confusing. I'm happy that people are starting to wonder why 9 year old girls are starting menses and why breast cancer is at an all time high. Hormones in our foods can create havoc in our bodies. I'm unhappy that most women are not aware that hormonal contraceptives are class 1 carcinogens: "Estrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives (combined) (Note: There is also convincing evidence in humans that these agents confer a protective effect against cancer in the endometrium and ovary)" American Cancer Society. In that same list you will find: Arsenic, asbestos, formaldehyde, ionizing radiation, coal-tar pitch, plutonium, and tobacco smoke. Do smokers disgust you? Do you assume that they don't care about their health? What if they took their tobacco in a convenient pill form?
If knowledge is power then the pharmaceutical companies along with Planned Parenthood want us to be weak. After all, Planned Parenthood was commissioned to write the original curriculum on modern day sex-ed programs. I don't seem to recall learning any of the above in health class or getting a full explanation from my OBGYN. Planned Parenthood's website omits the fact that the IUD (even the hormone free copper IUD, Paraguard) affects the lining of the uterus, thus making it an abortifacient. A supposedly "facts-based" website for teens gives a one sentence explanation on how the IUD works, also hiding its potential abortive mechanism and the fact that sterility is a side effect because the IUD can create endometrium scar tissue. They must think teens are stupid and can't read more than one sentence.
Below is a video where I highlight my personal testimony about NFP. I start at 33:25. Be kind, it was my first time giving a speech :)