Monday, April 2, 2012

Natural Family Planning: Statistics & Sites...

Often, NFP is misconstrued as a lazy, ineffective way to avoid pregnancy.  Statistics prove that notion wrong.  Regardless of how you choose to plan a family, I think these statistics are not only informative, but a bit shocking. 

NFP Statistics:
  • Every child a woman bears reduces her risk of breast cancer, sume uterine cancers, and ovarian cancer (Kahlenborn & Moell, 2009).

  • When trying to conceive...76% pregnancy rate at 1 cycle for healthy NFP users (Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecological, and Neonatal Nursing, 1994).

  • When trying to avoid pregnancy...97-99% perfect use effectiveness (Contraceptive Technology, 2004).

Birth Control Statistics:
In 2005, the World Health Organization classified oral contraceptives as a Group 1 carcinogen, causing breast, liver and cervical cancer.  Other compounds in this group include arsenic, asbestos, formaldehyde, mustard gas, and radium to name a few.

·         Women who start the use of oral contraceptives before age 18 multiply their risk of breast cancer by 3.7 times (

·         Women who have taken oral contraceptives for at least one year experience a 50% greater chance of developing breast cancer than women who took oral contraceptives for less time or not at all (Case Control Surveillance Study, Birth Control Pill Cancer Link Debated,

“The Pill”

·         Estimated that a sexually active woman will experience at least one very early abortion every year she is on the Pill (Faust JM. Image change for condoms. ABC News Report. [Internet E-mail]. 6/8/97).

·         The birth control pill increases the risk of breast cancer by over 40% if it is taken before a woman delivers her first baby (Kahlenborn C, et al. “Oral Contraceptive Use as a Risk Factor for Premenopausal Breast Cancer: A Meta-analysis” Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2006: 81(10):1290-1302).

·         The risk of breast cancer increases by 70% if the Pill is used for four or more years before the woman’s first child is born (Romieu I, Berlin J, et al. Oral contraceptives and breast cancer. Review and meta-Analysis. Cancer. 1990; 66: 2253-2263).

“The Shot” and Norplant

·         By changing the lining of the uterus, both contraceptives can cause an early abortion when conception does occur. 

·         Women on Depo-Provera for two or more years before they turn 25 have a 190% increased risk of developing breast cancer (Skegg DCG, Noonan EA, et al. Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate and breast cancer [A pooled analysis of the World Health Organization and New Zealand studies]. 1995; JAMA: 799-804).

·         Women who have used Depo-Provera for at least 5 years have a 430% increased risk of developing cervical cancer (Herrero et al. Injectable contraceptives and risk of invasive cervical cancer: evidence of an association. Int. J. of Cancer. 1990; 46: 5-7).


·         When conception occurs with an IUD in place, the IUD can prevent implantation, or destroy the new embryo by copper poisoning or by attack from the body’s immune system, thus causing an early abortion (Ortho Pharmaceutical. Description of Paraguard. Physician Desk Reference. 1997: 1936-193).

·         Women who use an IUD for three or more years are more than twice as likely to have a tubal pregnancy as women who never have used an IUD (the leading cause of death in pregnant women) (Kahlenborn & Moell, 2009).

Permanent Sterilization (Tubal Litigation or Vasectomy)
Tubal Litigation

·         High risk of tubal pregnancy if conception does occur.
·         Intermittent vaginal bleeding.
·         Reduced intimacy
·         Lower Libido
·         Greater risk for hysterectomy

·         Higher risk of autoimmune disease
·         Higher incidence of prostate cancer.

 Helpful Sites for More Information:

One More Soul : a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the truth about the blessings of children and the harms of contraception.

NFP Outreach: a comprehensive clearinghouse for accurate, practical, up-to-date information on Natural Family Planning, its practice, its effectiveness, its benefits and its underlying moral principles.

Billings Life: official site for the Billings Ovulation Method

BOMA-USA: United States site for Billings Ovulation Method

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Church teachings regarding NFP


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